As the COVID-19 coronavirus disease continues to spread around the world, ASTC is working with our members and partners to prepare for and respond to this pandemic. An increasing number of our members and other cultural institutions are being impacted in a wide variety of ways.
On June 29, 2020, in response to the continuing impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on science centers and museums, ASTC launched the Weekly Attendance and Operations Survey, an ongoing survey project containing a data-benchmarking tool for members to collect and report on their visitor attendance and operational status. This report provides a preliminary look at the data collected thus far in the ASTC Weekly Attendance and Operations Survey. As weekly data is being continuously collected, ASTC will release additional summaries and reports as they become available.
ASTC is compiling the growing number of online programming, videos, and stay-at-home activities that the science engagement community is making available to colleagues and the public.
- Online programming for families and students
- Virtual initiatives to engage the public in the science of coronavirus and infectious diseases
Advocating for the Inclusion of Science Centers and Museums in COVID-19 Relief Efforts
ASTC has joined with partners to advocate for support for museums and other centers for science engagement that are helping communities prepare and respond to COVID-19. Now is the time to reach out to your elected officials—at every level of government—to make sure they understand the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and state of emergency is having on your institution and your staff. The ASTC Advocacy team has developed a toolkit to help you communicate your institution’s needs to policymakers.
Guidance on Business and Operations
Sustaining business and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic is incredibly challenging and a new frontier for science center leaders. This page includes resources on federal grants and contracts, recovery resources—such as small business loans, fundraising and philanthropy—and employment resources.
Connecting Members and Serving the ASTC Community
ASTC has been in frequent touch with its member science and technology centers and museums to convene conversations about their preparation and experiences. This includes initiating discussions on our online forum and convening virtual community discussions among leaders of our member institutions.
If there are additional ways that ASTC can support you, including by providing more opportunities for you to connect with one another and share strategies, please do not hesitate to email us directly at email@example.com. We also encourage you to share your institution’s experiences and the steps you are taking to prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Preparations and Response at ASTC
ASTC’s Board of Directors dedicated significant attention to COVID-19 at our recent Board meeting. In addition to hearing perspectives from our Board members as leaders of science centers around the world, we discussed ASTC’s internal preparedness, including steps to promote the health of our staff and ensure continuity of business operations. ASTC staff are teleworking in response guidance from public-health officials related to physical distancing.
We remain in close touch with our partner associations, networks, and societies, including the international science center networks, our partners in North America, and the broader scientific, science-engagement, and museum communities.