With so many institutions scrambling to “go virtual” during this lockdown, there’s an abundance of entertaining and educational offerings online that go way beyond Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Interested in staying connected to the visual arts? Check out a free Virtual Art Salon produced by the arts and crafts school, Anderson Ranch, in Colorado. Appropriate for all artists, art students, educators, and enthusiasts, each week an Anderson Ranch artistic staff member presents their work and talks about the summer workshop offerings in their department. On May 5, photography instructor Esther Nooner will present and speak about her work. For a complete schedule of the Salons and information about how to access these free events, go to https://www.andersonranch.org/events-at-the-ranch/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw7qn1BRDqARIsAKMbHDb1PUmxqhFX3j0GZX3paKcZH-DjUGStmnUdq_60URooYwU-a0UPrisaAp2xEALw_wcB.
Closer to home, Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton has quickly converted a diverse series of talks to an online format. See https://fullercraft.org/product-category/events/. On May 6 at 2:00 p.m. you can join a “Craft Chat” with Jody Colella (who will be teaching at LexArt when we reopen) and Merill Comeau. Both artists were represented in the recent exhibit, Human Impact: Stories of the Opioid Epidemic exhibition.
On May 30th, 4-6 p.m., log onto Making History: The Art of 17th Century Boatbuilding, a talk given by Peter Arenstam.
Check out the stunning documentaries included in the PBS Series, Craft in America
These films cover the full scope of craft activities in America today. We guarantee that you’ll be captivated and inspired! https://www.craftinamerica.org/episodes
Interested in MUSIC AND DANCE?
For classical music lovers, watch and listen to pianist Jeremy Denk (the well-tempered clavier) play and speak about Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto at https://www.facebook.com/jeremydenkpiano/videos/129294618435537/.
For ballet lovers, watch the dancers of the Paris Opera perform a lockdown tribute to key workers at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8268707/Paris-Opera-dancers-film-coronavirus-lockdown-performance-key-workers.html.
And, for Broadway musical fans, watch and listen to a virtual tribute to Steven Sondheim on the occasion of his 90th birthday at https://www.broadway.com/buzz/199177/watch-all-of-take-me-to-the-world-a-sondheim-90th-birthday-celebration-right-here/.
Do you wish you could catch a first run movie? You can! Check out the Virtual Screening Room at the beloved Coolidge Corner Theatre. Films are available for streaming through the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
Anyone out there trying to pry the children in your life away from screens? Steer them towards an hour of good old-fashioned story-telling at the Boston Athanaeum, Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Sam, the children’s library intern, and Sos, the security guard, take turns reading children’s stories on Facebook Live. This is perfect for the little ones in th