How Covid-19 is affecting arts and entertainment in Taos

Cancellations and closures


Update, Wednesday, March 18:

The Taos art colony will steadfastly continue through lockdown, and the galleries who show the work of many of the talented artists who live here are prepared to keep their doors open to continue bringing some beauty and meaning into these dark days. Others are more wary.

Wilder Nightingale are postponing their participation in the Spring Celebration event on Kit Carson Road this Saturday, while David Anthony Fine Art say they are “playing it by ear.”

Owner David Mapes says several galleries are still thinking about opening.

“We’re all taking this day by day, but I plan to stay open as do a few others.”

Robert Cafazzo of Two Graces says that “Looking at art is a solo experience. Not a group activity.” He advocates for activities that don’t require contact, including galleries and museums.

Original story:

At Tempo, we are in the habit of bringing you all the news you can use about ongoing, upcoming and pop-up events related to the arts and entertainment aqui en Taos.

This week, as usual, we had a magazine filled with all of the above, including our popular calendar of listings and more, to assist you in making your decisions about what to do and where to go, during your downtime in Taos.

The arrival of COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus, brought all of those potential fun and games to a screeching halt – Taos like other communities all around the world prepares itself for an onslaught of this mysterious new virus that appears to be circulating the planet faster than the speed of light, reminding us all, how connected we truly are.

The current guidelines set by the Public Health Emergency Order, which prohibits mass gatherings of 100 people or more due to COVID-19, have had a domino effect on local venues and certain businesses. So while many of the articles in this week’s issue feature upcoming shows, exhibits and events that are no longer going on, you will hopefully still enjoy reading about the artists and people who make this community unique.

Following is a list of cancellations and closures we have been made aware of prior to going to press. As the list grows, we will continue to update it online.

Stay safe, keep your hands clean and remember, this too shall pass – and meanwhile we always have Netflix or better yet, a good book.

Twirl Play Space has closed until further notice.

The Millicent Rogers Museum and Taos Pueblo canceled the Taos Pueblo Winter Artists Market.

Great Women Composers series is postponed.

Old Martina’s Hall has canceled all music events. The restaurant and bar remain open until further notice.

Motherlode in Red River has canceled all music events.

Taos Community Auditorium has suspended programming until April 9 or longer, depending.

Ballet Taos has cancelled its weekend master class workshops and evening events.

Night of 1,000 Stars has been indefinitely postponed.

In a press release from the TCA, it states: Those who have advanced ticket are encouraged to please hold onto them. The TCA will be in touch about rescheduled or canceled events. To learn more, visit

SOMOS has canceled all readings and scheduled events.

Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership will remain open but has canceled all shows.

Taos Chamber Music and other events at the Harwood have been postponed until further notice.

Taos Public Library is still open, though some events have been canceled by outside facilitators.

And last but by no means least, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails announced that cookie sales in public places will be suspended effective March 16.

For more information regarding COVID-19 in New Mexico:
Call the Health Hotline – (855) 600-3453  if you have symptoms, have been in contact with a confirmed case or have returned from out-of-state travel.
Call the Social Services Hotline – (833) 551-0518  if you have questions about school closures, meal programs, child care, unemployment, emergency loans, etc.
Find the latest information, precautions, recommendations and contact numbers regarding COVID-19 at the New Mexico Department of Health coronavirus site and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For up-to-date information from the CDC

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