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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

June 10, 2020

Dear Friends,

Like so many other live performance venues across the country, this year has proven to be anything but typical for Folsom Lake College’s Harris Center for the Arts. We thank you for your loyalty, understanding, and patience as we have navigated these uncharted waters.

At this time, there continues to be great uncertainty on when indoor public events can safely resume in the aftermath of the COVID-19 health crisis. Based upon guidance from federal, state, and local government officials and health experts, the Harris Center for the Arts will temporarily cease operations as of July 1, 2020. There is currently no timetable for the length of the temporary closure, but we expect it will last at least a year. Our goal is to resume operations as soon as possible.

The safety of our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff remains our highest concern. Our venue is smaller than others in our region and the budgetary impacts of this crisis have been severe, making it challenging to sustain operations and implement social distancing protocols in the current environment. In this unprecedented situation, guidance from government authorities and our own campus and college district is unified - the safety of all is best served by not gathering large groups of people together at this time.

All remaining scheduled events have been cancelled. Refunds for tickets will be issued automatically with no further action required. For more information about securing refunds, visit the Cancelled Events page. For additional assistance, please email TicketOffice@harriscenter.net or leave a voice message at (916) 608-6888.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for more information.

These are challenging times, and we appreciate the patience and understanding of everyone in the Harris Center community as we work to address and respond to these circumstances beyond our control. We are looking forward to the day when we can see you in our audience once again.

Dave Pier
Executive Director, Harris Center for the Arts

Whitney Yamamura
President, Folsom Lake College

Brian King
Chancellor, Los Rios Community College District


June 3, 2020

Executive Director Dave Pier

Dear Friends,

Spring is the time of year when, traditionally, the Harris Center is wrapping up one season and preparing to unveil the next. It’s an unusually busy time, and an exciting one: as the details of the upcoming season fall into place, our hopes run high that the season-to-come, once revealed, will meet your every expectation.

This year, of course, knows no tradition. It was heartbreaking to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season, and it's very clear the 2020-21 season will be very different.

That's not to say this spring was without its bright spots, though. I want to thank all of you who donated to support the Harris Center during the Giving Week of May 4. Donations to the Center for Giving Tuesday and Big Day of Giving were up 50% (!), which pretty much matched the pace of donations in the region, where 33,000 donors gave 65,000 gifts to local nonprofits. It's a marvelous sign for all when the generosity of the community rises in response to challenging times. (If you missed Giving Week and would like to make a donation, it's never too late. Click here, and thank you for your generosity!)

Looking ahead, it is now clear that the Harris Center will need to delay reopening until at least November, in time for the popular holiday season, or quite possibly until January 2021.

To inform our decisions, the Center continues to monitor updates from government authorities and the guidance of health experts - the safety of patrons, volunteers, staff and performers remain of paramount importance.

We will let you know more details as plans solidify. Please keep an eye on your inbox and our Facebook page.

Until then, thank you, and be safe.

Dave Pier
Executive Director
Harris Center


April 23, 2020

Based on guidelines from the State of California and recommendations by health experts, all performances at the Harris Center through July, 2020 have either been cancelled or are being rescheduled, effective April 23, 2020.

Like so many other live performance venues across the country, the cancellation/rescheduling of events at the Harris Center has been a rolling tide, as the length and breadth of the pandemic has come into clearer view. This April 23 announcement is the third such announcement, following one on March 12 th and a second on March 17. All told, 135 events have been cancelled as a result of the pandemic. On March 18, all Los Rios Community College District facilities — including the Harris Center — were closed, with staff shifting to work from remote locations.

“The safety of our patrons, artists and staff remains our highest concern,” notes Harris Center Executive Director Dave Pier. “In this unprecedented situation, direction from government authorities and our own campus and college district is unified and crystal clear. The safety of all is best served by not gathering people together.”

The website www.HarrisCenter.net remains open for business and will continue to update the public about the impact of the pandemic on the Harris Center’s operations going forward. Patrons needing assistance during the closure of the Ticket Office should email TicketOffice@harriscenter.net.

The Harris Center has been steadily issuing refunds to ticket buyers for cancelled performances. For more information, patrons should visit the Harris Center website at https://www.harriscenter.net/events/cancelled-events which includes a list of affected events and an indication of the status of refunds updated daily.

Many have asked about how they can support the Harris Center through this trying time; donations are always welcome at www.harriscenter.net/donate.

Given the unknowns about the pandemic, this is a story that is evolving almost daily. As plans for reopening the Center are solidified, media will be notified via press release; in addition, Harris Center patrons, which number upwards of 150,000 households, will be informed of developments at the Harris Center by mail, e-mail and social media. Stay tuned.


March 18, 2020

Based on the latest guidelines from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all performances at the Harris Center through May 14 have been cancelled effective March 17, 2020.

This March 17 announcement is the second such announcement of cancellations, following that of March 12th that cancelled or postponed the balance of March events at the Harris Center. All told, 95 events have been cancelled.

Effective March 18, all Los Rios Community College District facilities, including the Harris Center, will be closed, with staff working from remote locations. The website www.HarrisCenter.net remains open for business and will continue to update the public about the impact of the pandemic on the Harris Center’s operations going forward.

Patrons needing assistance during the closure of the Ticket Office should email TicketOffice@harriscenter.net.

The Harris Center began issuing refunds to ticket buyers for cancelled performances last week. For more information, patrons should visit the Harris Center website at https://www.harriscenter.net/events/cancelled-events which includes a list of affected events and an indication of the status of refunds updated daily.

Many have asked about how they can support the Harris Center through this trying time; donations are always welcome at www.harriscenter.net/donate.


March 14, 2020

The Harris Center Ticket Office will have staff available to answer incoming phone calls at 916-608-6888 on:

  • Sun, Mar 15: 12 PM - 6 PM
  • Mon, Mar 16: 12 PM - 6 PM
  • Tue, Mar 17: 12 PM - 6 PM

Due to the closure of Los Rios facilities, the Ticket Office will be closed to the public effective Wed, Mar 18 through Tue, Mar 31. If you need assistance during the closure, please email TicketOffice@harriscenter.net.

Check this website for the latest updates.


March 12, 2020 — 11:30 AM

Here at the Harris Center, the safety of our patrons, artists and staff is our highest concern.

Based on the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health concerning small and large gatherings as announced by Governor Newsom on the evening of March 11, effective 3/12/2020, all performances at the Harris Center through March 31 have been cancelled.

The Center will be issuing refunds to ticket buyers for the cancelled performances. Patrons who purchased tickets by credit card will see a credit appear on their credit card account within the next few days. Those that purchased with cash or check should contact the Harris Center Ticket Office to arrange a refund at 916-608-6888 (open 12 PM to 6 PM, Tuesday through Saturday) or email TicketOffice@harriscenter.net for assistance. Those that purchased tickets through any source other than the Harris Center should consult their place of purchase for a refund. Please Note: This refund effort will take time as it involves thousands of ticket purchases. Your patience is appreciated.

The Harris Center is not alone. Performing arts programs at Mondavi Center at UC Davis, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance, Pepperdine University, Scripps College, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and others have cancelled performances in response to this unprecedented public health crisis. In addition to events taking place at the Harris Center, the Los Rios Community College District is also cancelling all athletic events, other performing arts performances, and any other non-essential gatherings meeting the criteria outlined in the state mandate.

The Los Rios Community College District is closely monitoring the recent updates and advisories regarding COVID-19. As of 3/12/2020, there continue to be zero confirmed cases of students or employees with the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Harris Center, Folsom Lake College or in the Los Rios Community College District.

Additional updates will be available via this website as new information becomes available.

Related Links

Visit the links below for additional information about the coronavirus as it relates to the Harris Center and Folsom Lake College.