INTERFORM Delta Variant Response: INTERFORM is taking action to champion behavior that will mitigate the increased threat of Covid-19 presented by the Delta Variant
(Springdale, Ark.) August 3rd, 2021 — INTERFORM is continuing its dedication to fostering a safe and healthy community. Recognizing the renewed danger of Covid-19 due to the rise in the Delta variant, we are reinitiating our #getyourmaskon campaign to protect those who cannot protect themselves via vaccinations. We at INTERFORM strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. As such, we are now introducing #vaxxedandmasked, a message that displays our commitment to responsibility and empathy.
Last Friday, INTERFORM donated 2,500 handmade fabric face masks to Springdale High School so every student, teacher, and staff member has a free, reusable, and locally-made mask available to them. INTERFORM has been producing face masks since early 2020, employing local Congolese and Marshallese community members in their sewing studios based in Downtown Springdale. To date, INTERFORM has produced over 20,000 masks. The masks were delivered by INTERFORM staff to the student group SHS Student Ambassadors.
As of July 22nd, INTERFORM has required all employees, contractors and program participants to be fully vaccinated. Although the state’s current policies prevent requiring vaccinations for public audience members, vaccinations are a top priority for INTERFORM. Due to the dramatic increase in cases in Arkansas, INTERFORM is once again requiring masks for visitors to our offices and events.
A statement from INTERFORM CEO Robin Wallis Atkinson: “We are not in the business of taking risks when it comes to public health. Although our state legislature has created roadblocks to ensuring the safety of our employees and the public, we are setting an example by requiring vaccines within our organization and masks when visitors are present. Because of the low vaccination rates and case surges in our state, we feel duty-bound to provide the safest possible experience for all staff members, volunteers and ticket holders for all events and programming.”
INTERFORM is offering a vaccine clinic in partnership with Northwest Arkansas Council and Community Clinic on Friday, August 13th, free and open to anyone who would like to receive their Covid-19 vaccine and help protect against this new surge in hospitalizations. This will be a walk-in event with no registration necessary. The clinic will be held from 3pm to 7pm at 117 W Emma Ave. Springdale, AR, with the second-dose clinic to follow on Friday, September 3rd.
INTERFORM is also selling affordable, handmade masks produced by its own Marshallese and Congolese sewing classes. These are available online and in our offices. INTERFORM maintains its mission of safety and inclusion in hopes of encouraging the community to be #vaxxedandmasked.
About INTERFORM: INTERFORM is a 501c3 Non-profit organization at the forefront of creative growth and change in our community. We envision a self-sustaining design-led fashion and art industry in Northwest Arkansas and we build robust programs to directly support that vision. We foster greater levels of creativity and provide the right education and resources needed to grow our designers and artists. We uplift and center the creative works of those who are underrepresented and use our platform to encourage others to do the same. We are here to propel creatives forward and aid in their professional journey.