By: Jessie Chrobocinski Photo via: The Art Museum of South Texas
The Art Museum of South Texas (AMST) is home to one of the finest educational facilities and an art museum in Texas. Amid the pandemic, AMST continues promoting awareness, knowledge, appreciation, and enjoyment of visual arts while keeping the community safe. With stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention throughout the complex, AMST achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities.
“We are extremely grateful to the Art Museum of South Texas for taking this extra step with us and congratulate them on receiving this accreditation,” shared Visit Corpus Christi President and CEO Brett Oetting. “Tourism is Corpus Christi’s second-largest industry. It is crucial that we do everything we can to ensure the safety of our visitors and our local community.”
GBAC STAR™ helps organizations establish protocols and procedures and offers expert-led training. In assessing the facility’s readiness, GBAC STAR recognized AMST for its best practices to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the pandemic.
“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers, and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, AMST has received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”
AMST demonstrated compliance with the program’s 20 core elements to achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, ranging from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.