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Trading tutus for masks

April 27, 2020

Cincinnati Ballet’s wardrobe dept. trades tutus for masks, making PPEs for hospitals

Cincinnati Ballet’s wardrobe department is helping protect our community during the coronavirus pandemic. The Company’s seamstresses have joined other volunteers making thousands of masks for local healthcare workers, first responders, and other frontline workers. Wardrobe Supervisor Noelle Wedig-Johnson says making masks is a labor of love for her and her team. “We are honored to use the ballets sewing talents to help protect the heroes in the medical field and other first responders,” Wedig-Johnson said. “Creating costumes has always given me a sense of purpose. Switching from tutus to mask production during this pandemic has given me hope in this uncertain time.” Cincinnati Ballet saw the critical need for PPE (personal protective equipment) in our community and began making masks with materials already stocked in the costume shop. As most ballet costumes are made of lycra, silk and tulle, Cincinnati Ballet purchased additional 100% cotton fabric suitable for making protective masks. “The Ballet during normal times contributes to the community through art. Making masks is a way we can continue to contribute in these unprecedented times,” Wedig-Johnson added.

Cincinnati Ballet has also teamed up with Sew Masks 4 Cincy (SM4C), a local, non-profit group that sprung up last month to help organize volunteer sewists across the region, as well as distribute masks to local frontline workers. SM4C is now also providing additional fabric to Cincinnati Ballet’s mask team. To protect volunteers, no masks are mailed, they are picked up by an administrative representative from each frontline facility at a designated SM4C site. For a guide on how to make your own at-home mask, please visit https://sewmasks4cincy.org/sew-masks/. For more information about SM4C, please visit https://sewmasks4cincy.org/.

A Labor of Love

Cincinnati Ballet Makes Masks

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