A Note on Reopening

August 05, 2020

The health and safety of our producers, visitors and staff is Open Signal’s top priority. We know that you may be wondering where we are at — we closed to the public in March and have been hard at work on adapting our operations to this new reality. In addition to taking on new safety requirements, we’ve also been gathering the community for over a year to reevaluate our programs through an equity lens, considering what services we offer and how. All of these elements together reinforce our need to take a slow and deliberate approach to reopening.

For now, we are running some programs remotely, but our space is still closed to the public. Starting this week, we will offer appointments for onsite upload of video files for those who have difficulty sharing files for broadcast with us remotely. We will be using COVID-19 safety protocols, which include screenings when entering the building and 72-hour decontamination periods for ingest stations. Please do not come to the facility if you're not feeling well in any way. To schedule an appointment or if you have questions, call us at (503) 288-1515 and leave a voicemail or email us at info@opensignalpdx.org. If you are able to submit remotely, please continue to do so. You can instructions on uploading remotely here.

In October, we hope to offer limited studio access for existing series producers by appointment. There will be changes to the guidelines for studio productions, including limits on crew size and no live cable broadcast. For more information contact Emily at distribution@opensignalpdx.org or by phone at 503-288-1515 ext. 301. Please do not submit studio requests as part of your Fall series application.

At some point in the fall we hope to offer limited equipment check-outs for projects through an application process. 

Our staff is staying informed on Governor’s orders and developing information related to COVID-19. We are trying this out and it may have to change! This may mean that we have to delay reopening or even close completely again. For everyone’s safety we will be taking every precaution in reopening. Please check our website and newsletter for the most up-to-date information.

Most of our staff is still working from home for the time being. Please connect with us online through classes and events – like our monthly Online Member Meetups! We especially hope to see you at the launch of our pilot digital network on Friday, August 21.

Jamie Plakos Director of Operations jamie [at] opensignalpdx.org

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I oversee Open Signal's Media Services department, providing media education, media services and public events to the community. I come from a startup background with extensive experience in department development and process organization.

I am a huge appreciator of the creative mind.  In my spare time, I love to utilize my organizational strengths to support artists, personally helping people organize their thoughts and create websites with strategic business and marketing plans.

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