Kimmel Cultural Campus and resident companies announce required proof of vaccination ahead of 2021/22 season

-Courtesy of the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus

The Kimmel Cultural Campus announced today that all guests for public events will be required to show proof of vaccination across their venues: the Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater. This mandate extends to Kimmel Cultural Campus-presented events, such as Broadway shows off-Campus at the Forrest Theatre, presented in partnership with The Shubert Organization, and comes ahead of the official September 18 FREE reopening event where more than 60 arts organizations across the region will participate in a celebration of the return to in-person arts events. 

In addition to rolling out a COVID-19 vaccination policy for all onsite employees, this ruling comes after the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ announcement on Wednesday, August 11, in response to the City of Philadelphia’s mask mandate, that masks will be required, except while actively consuming food or beverage in designated locations. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted.  

Effective September 18, all attendees for public events must show proof of full vaccination at the time of entry. Proof of negative COVID-19 tests will not be accepted, with the exception of children under the age of 12; children under 12 will be required to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the event. This policy is subject to change based upon guidance from the CDC and local health authorities. Audiences are encouraged to visit the Safe and Clean Commitment page online for health and safety guidelines and instructions. 

While the entry procedure for proof of vaccination is still being developed, the announcement comes alongside similar mandates from New York City, the Kennedy Center, and other venues and touring shows across the nation. Ticket holders will be notified with detailed instructions well in advance of their performance dates.   

“We partnered with 35 performing arts centers across the nation in an in-depth study of more than 1 million guests to inform the timing of our reopening. This ongoing research, in tandem with guidance from health authorities, is also informing a rigorous set of health and safety guidelines,” said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Cultural Campus. “We have learned that 99% of our audiences are already vaccinated, and they are ready to engage with the arts in person once again. We are listening to feedback from our guests, our staff, and our artists, and the clear consensus is safety should be our number 1 priority as we navigate a return to convening around the arts. Requiring proof of vaccination for events across our Campus is a vital and responsible component of reopening.”  

In addition to announcing the City’s mask mandate would be required inside all Campus buildings, the Kimmel Cultural Campus has already completed numerous safety enhancements, including significant investments to the HVAC systems to meet CDC recommendations to maximize fresh air intake, and the use of recommended Merv-13 air filters to optimize air quality. Updates have included increased frequency and thoroughness of disinfection of high-touch areas with CDC-recommended products and equipped each venue with numerous hand sanitizer dispensers. 

Click here to read our full Kimmel Cultural Campus Safe and Clean commitment

Information regarding the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ reopening event, Arts Launch 2021: A Return to In-Person Arts, on Saturday, September 18 is available here

Click here for selections from the Kimmel Cultural Campus 21/2022 season lineup. 

Learn more about Kimmel Cultural Campus’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and how it encompasses their mission, co-workers, and programs here.  

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, our mission is to engage the region’s diverse communities with art through performance and education. Our Cultural Campus serves more than 1 million guests per year and includes the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater- representing more than 160 years of rich history for the performing arts along Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts. We are home to eight esteemed Resident Companies: The Philadelphia OrchestraOpera PhiladelphiaPennsylvania BalletThe Philly POPSPHILADANCOThe Chamber Orchestra of PhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, we are the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. Our Cultural Campus serves as a preeminent and inclusive place to enjoy exceptional experiences that reflect the spirit of our region by cultivating a creative and socially-responsible environment where our community shares experiences that are delivered with pride, integrity, and respect. As a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, we collaborate on, present, and produce a broad range of relevant and meaningful events, we serve as an active gathering space for social and community events, we educate the region’s young people through access to quality arts experiences, and we provide support to artists in the creation of new work. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the proud Kimmel Cultural Campus Season Sponsor. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit  

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