Non-Profits and Cultural Organizations


Non-Profits and Cultural Organizations


This collection looks at the varied experiences of non-profit organizations during the pandemic. Cultural organizations like museums, theaters, galleries, and historical societies have closed due to the mandated closure of non-essential businesses, though many continue operations remotely and online. Other non-profits like food banks and social services are allowed to remain open, though social distancing and new public demands are affecting their operations.

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Palace Theatre - the shows will not go on
A sign posted at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. The main text reads: "The Westmoreland Cultural Trust is committed to the health and safety of our patrons, artists, and staff. Please see below for the current list of postponed shows."

Palace Theatre - closed until further notice
A sign at the Palace Theatre box office in Greensburg. The text reads: "Closed until further notice by Governor's order due to Covid-19. Please visit us online at for show / schedule updates." I like the variety of stickers…

Big Brothers Big Sisters - office currently closed
Sign on the door of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region headquarters in downtown Greensburg.

Spring dance cancelled
Sign outside the Southwest Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department announcing the cancellation of their spring dance.

Latrobe Art Center closed its doors starting March 16, 2020, in response to the global health crisis. The closure was only supposed to take place for two weeks, but ended up lasting longer than that. The art center lost all but two staff…

Working From Home with a Furry Coworker
Latrobe Art Center Director Lauren Buches' work from home space for the #HomeStudioLAC free art tutorials videos she makes for the art center's social media accounts. Toby, the black lab mix, is assisting with the videography.

On View: Hand Sanitizer, circa 2020
The day that Saint Vincent College announced its closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic coincided with the opening reception for "Caught in a Glimpse: Portraiture of Human Expression," a student art exhibition by SVC senior Sydney Hoffman at…

Mask Mandate, 7-1-20
Latrobe Art Center puts up a sign on 7/2/20 to remind patrons that it is a requirement to wear a mask while in Latrobe Art Center and Ricolita's Cafe

Tours during a pandemic
A tour guide at Historic Hanna's Town in Greensburg wears a mask and social distances while on a guided tour. The historic site reopened on June 6 after delaying opening.
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