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The Big Top Safety Protocols
Kranzberg Arts Foundation (KAF), owner and operator of The Big Top, has delighted St. Louis audiences with safe, in-person events since August 2020. KAF works directly with the City of St. Louis Health Department to exceed health and safety recommendations that will ensure the comfort and confidence of our St. Louis Arts Awards honorees, guests and staff.
The Big Top safety protocols currently in place include:
- An open-air environment through its flexible wall system, with additional advanced filtration;
- Temperature checks upon arrival for guests, staff and vendors;
- Contactless check-in and seating procedures for guests;
- Distinct seating zones with dedicated entrances/exits, and staff (ushers, sanitation, food/beverage service);
- Safety officers and sanitation coordinators; and
- Regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces with EPA certified cleaning supplies throughout the event.
Additional information can be found here: KranzbergArtsFoundation.org/Covid-19.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before You Arrive
What do I need to know prior to the event?
All guests will be asked to register their name and phone number prior to the event. Once registered you will be sent an event packet, including a color-coded wristband indicating your table number and corresponding entrance. If you have purchased a table, you have the option of distributing the wristbands to those at your table or we can send them individually at you request. This wristband serves as your admission to the event and ensures contactless check-in so please leave it on for the duration of the event. Please note there will be no day-of-event ticket sales.
What is the dress code?
Creative casual! It’s not your typical event – we anticipate a lovely spring day, but it will be open air and without air conditioning. The event will also take place on a black top surface so guests may be most comfortable in athletic shoes or other comfy footwear, paired with whatever suits the weather!
Arriving at the Big Top
Where do I park?
The Big Top is located at 3401 Washington Avenue in the Grand Center Arts District. Valet parking is available at the entrance on Washington Avenue. There is also ample parking available on the street or in neighboring lots. A parking map is available here.
What safety protocols will take place upon arrival?
We ask that all attendees stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19. When you arrive, you will be directed to a pink entrance or a green entrance, which will correspond to the wristband you received prior to the event. At the entrance you will encounter a safety officer who will conduct a contactless temperature check. Once you have cleared our safety protocols, you may proceed to your table located in either the pink or green zones. Once you are in your zone you must stay within the zone to avoid cross contamination.
What happens if I forgot my wristband?
We encourage you to bring the initial wristband provided in your event package to ensure contactless check-in. However, Arts and Education Council staff members will be stationed at the entrance with guest lists and additional wristbands , if needed. All wristbands are numbered and assigned to the guest.
How many guests will be in attendance?
Due to the limited capacity, we can accommodate only half of our usual capacity for the St. Louis Arts Awards. At maximum, there will be 350 guests in attendance. The Big Top has a seating structure with sections divided into two distinct zones with each zone having a dedicated entrance/exit, restroom facilities, and staff (ushers, sanitation, food/beverage service).
Dining at The Big Top
Will there be a cocktail hour?
Not this year – safety guidelines require guests to minimize mingling. Not to worry though! Wait staff will greet you as you enter the tent with complimentary champagne.
Will food be served?
Yes! Dinner will be served by Butler’s Pantry. The Arts and Education Council will inquire about any dietary needs when we reach out for other registration information.
Will service be available at the table?
Yes! Though staff will limit their visits to your table as much as possible, Butler’s Pantry staff will be available to assist with water and beverage refills.
What restroom facilities will be available for guest use?
Five standard restrooms are located at The Big Top. Clear signage will point the way! Attendants will ensure cleaning of the restrooms throughout the event.
Program and Performances
Who are the 2021 St. Louis Arts Awards honorees?
The 2021 honorees are: Amy Kaiser, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts; Kirven and Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Excellence in the Arts; Brian Owens, Excellence in the Arts; Lynne and Jim Turley, Excellence in Philanthropy; Antionette Carroll, Arts Innovator; “Such Sweet Thunder” presented by St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, Nine Network of Public Media, Jazz St. Louis and The Big Muddy Dance Company, Arts Collaboration; James McKay Jr., Jennings School District, Art Educator of the Year; and John Nickel, 30th Anniversary Chairperson’s Award.
Who is performing?
Live performances for the 30th annual event will include the Red and Black Brass Band, who paraded through St. Louis neighborhoods bringing joy amid COVID-19; vocalist Denise Thimes, 2015 Excellence in the Arts recipient, and the Denise Thimes Ensemble; and Brian Owens, 2021 Excellence in the Arts honoree, with young artists of the Life Creative Group.
Health and Safety Procedures
What is the policy for wearing a mask?
All audience members, staff, volunteers and vendors will be required to wear a mask over their mouth and nose at all times other than when you are at your assigned table. Safety will be enforced by safety officers and event staff.
What kind of social distancing measures will be in place?
The Big Top has a seating structure with sections divided into two distinct zones with each zone having a dedicated entrance/exit, restroom facilities, and staff (ushers, sanitation, food/beverage service). Within this seating structure, tables will be spaced to allow maximum space between parties. Once you are seated you are to remain in your zone at all times.
What cleaning protocols will be in place?
During the event, dedicated on-site staff regularly clean high-touch surfaces with EPA certified cleaning supplies.
Will there be hand sanitizer available on site?
Yes, several hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the event site.
What other policies are in place?
Operated by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, The Big Top has worked directly with the City of St. Louis Health Department to ensure the safety of our honorees, guests and staff. The tent allows for an open-air environment through its flexible wall system, with additional advanced filtration. Additional information can be found here: KranzbergArtsFoundation.org/Covid-19.
The Big Top, as with all venues owned and operated by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation are Missouri ArtSafe Certified. To learn more about Missouri ArtSafe, visit missouriartsafe.org.
What is the plan for inclement weather?
While The Big Top, is an open-air concert venue, it is covered making it possible for this to be a rain or shine event. In the case of rain, the tent sides will be lowered to keep guests dry. If this occurs, the air in the tent will continue to be filtered with advanced filtration.