If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention
Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text WYO to 741-741.
CASPER, Wyo. — With ART 321 set to open a new “Immersive Installations” with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department said in a press release that it has helped establish safety guidelines.
“Daily deliberations and collaborative efforts between county health officials, attorneys and ART
321 over the past week resulted in CNCHD proposing a number of measures to provide the
safest environment possible for artists, staff and audiences,” the CNCHD said.
With the new exhibits attempting to tackle some challenging topics and with one installation incorporating the use of the artist’s own blood, the health department has worked to ensure the proper handling of bloodborne pathogens.
“Proper handling of bloodborne pathogens was a top priority, and universal precautions were
addressed,” the health department said. “CNCHD recommendations included sealing a display wall with Kilz and covering it with plexiglass, as well as discarding all biohazards in accordance with industry best practices.”
Natrona County Attorney Eric Nelson added in the release, “After review of applicable laws and careful consideration of the situation, including extensive consultation with ART 321, we have determined that the Casper-Natrona County Health Department has exercised all legal authority in this situation to ensure protection of the public’s health and safety.”
The CNCHD has also advised ART 321 to have mental health support services and resources on site due to the sensitive nature of some of the subject matter in the show.
“Wyoming has one of the nation’s highest annual suicide rates,” CNCHD Executive Director Anna Kinder said. “Suicide and self-harm prevention are extremely important initiatives in Casper, and we encourage community-wide dialogue about mental health, because that’s ultimately how we’ll become a healthier, safer place to live.”
The release adds, “We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Call 1-800-273-TALK or text WYO to 741-741.”