Making Masks, Donations, Providing a “Comfort Stop” and More
AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Theater Center and The Dallas Opera staff members have created and donated more than 1,000 comfort masks and 225 face shields, while the Winspear Opera House is available as a “comfort stop” for safety and emergency workers.
Masks and Face Shields
The masks were created by wardrobe personnel from Dallas Theater Center, The Dallas Opera and AT&T Performing Arts Center. Most work can be done at home, with finishing and delivery prep done in the respective wardrobe shops using separate shifts for social distancing purposes. The masks have been donated to Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic and others. The face shields were designed with help from UT Southwestern then sourced and made by AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Operations Department staff members and union workers from IATSE/TWU Local 803. The Dallas Opera and Communilux, a local theatrical scene shop, donated fabric to help the Center transition from face shields to cloth masks.
The Winspear Opera House is available as a “comfort stop” for Dallas safety and emergency workers: the Dallas Police Department, Dallas Fire Department and Downtown Safety Patrol. The Center is providing restroom access and refreshments, including coffee and snack bags which have been provided and assembled by Center staff members. Due to business closures related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), fewer accommodations are available downtown. Though the Center is closed, Public Safety officers remain on site and can greet safety and emergency workers at the Winspear Opera House stage door.