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Maloof home and discovery garden to open May 1

The Maloof Historic Home, Workshop and Discovery Garden will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 1.

The Maloof will be operating at 50 percent capacity during May, with in-person home tours, art on view, artist projects and woodworking workshops spotlighted throughout the month. Capacity is expected to expand in June and beyond as public health guidelines ease further.

Face masks and social distancing will be required of staff and visitors for the foreseeable future. Air circulation in enclosed spaces including the Maloof Historic Home has been enhanced with the introduction of HEPA and ultraviolet filters.

Details about public hours, reservations and other programming are available online at www.malooffoundation.org

San Bernardino County’s only Smithsonian Affiliate museum, The Maloof has survived a difficult year thanks to generous supporters, federal and state recovery funding, and two significant first-time project grants.

An Artists in Communities grant from California Arts Council has enabled three onsite art-making projects, which will be featured in a new gallery exhibition titled Artists’ Hands. California Humanities is funding a Maloof Teen video project, highlighting the culture and language of Southern California’s Tongva community, with examples of how indigenous plants are used in traditional Native American food, medicine and basketry.

“We also gladly share the story of Sam and Alfreda Maloof, whose lives together offer inspiration for creative living in harmony with Southern California’s natural landscape,” said Jim Rawitsch, executive director of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts.

Beginning May 1, hours will be limited to Saturdays only, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours will operate initially at reduced capacity, with four visitors per tour, four times per day.

For reservations and updated program information please check the website at www.malooffoundation.org.

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