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Classic films like Casablanca are finally returning to TCA.

TCA up and running again

TCA is welcoming audiences back inside the theater for the first time in 15 months and they are starting with what many of us have missed most at TCA: films.

TCA's theater was allowed to reopen when New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham created the "turquoise" level that Taos reached earlier in the spring. The arts organization, however, took time to assess upgrades and amendments needed; it also took time to hear from the Taos community about reopening by issuing an e-survey and inviting qualitative feedback about guidelines and in-person programs.

In advance of the opening, TCA has revamped and upgraded the theater ventilation system and it has installed portable three-stage air purifiers in the theater, stage, and Encore Gallery. In this fluctuating climate and as the Taos community moves through this phase of the pandemic, TCA will require masks in indoor spaces (theater and Stables Gallery) unless eating or drinking. This does not apply to TCA Backlot events.

TCA returns to the theater programming with limited capacity - 90 people maximum -- and masks are required. Programming will include a selection of films that welcome those community members back to movie-watching if they are ready for a theater experience again here in Taos.

Films were selected to appeal to a wide audience and span the decades, and they include Chaplin classic "The Kid," Cuban music documentary "Buena Vista Social Club," and French film "Varda by Agnès." TCA's priority is to reopen in a way that is safe and inclusive for the entire Taos community.

TCF recognized for philanthropic work

Taos Community Foundation recently received accreditation with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, the nation's highest standard for philanthropic excellence.

"Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process," said Randy Royster, board member of the Council on Foundations. "This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that indicates Taos Community Foundation demonstrates a commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability as it carries out its mission."

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grant-making and administration. With over 500 community foundations already accredited nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.

Through philanthropic services, strategic investments and community leadership, Taos Community Foundation helps people support the causes they care about, now and for generations to come.

Over three-quarters of Americans say they are ready to travel.

A greater number of people are anticipated to travel this summer compared to last as new data shows growing interest in domestic road trips and the beginnings of a return to air, international and cruise travel, according to AAA New Mexico.

AAA New Mexico is projecting a sharp increase in overnight road trips with hotel stays this summer compared to the prior two years, based on online and AAA New Mexico branch driving vacation map route requests through AAA's TripTik service, TripTik.AAA.com.

TripTik map route printouts with hotel stops marked along the way (between April 1 and May 15) grew 10 times from 2019 to 2021 and doubled this year compared to 2020, when many travelers were printing out routes in anticipation of being able to travel later.

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