Arts Online and In Quarantine: A look at virtual art events for the spring season.

As we approach a year of COVID-19 and quarantine, it has become more and more difficult to find ways to keep ourselves entertained; however, many businesses and organizations have adapted to virtual platforms.

This time in the semester, students are probably itching to get out and do something, but don’t worry, I have a few virtual suggestions to keep your sanity! Here is a list of arts events that are new and exciting!

The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is rich in history with a variety of performing companies, dance education opportunities and community outreach programs. One of their core values is to showcase African-American heritage and culture. Waltonian | The Waltonian

Google Arts and Culture features a wide range of exhibits from over 2000 museums. From anywhere in the world, people can see the Easter Island Moai, explore deep sea museums from around the world, and see street art from all over. Not only does the site feature exhibits and art, it also provides interactive opportunities for visitors such as creating your own opera at home and solving artistic jigsaw puzzles. Google Arts and Culture has art and objects for everyone to enjoy, no matter your interests.

Smaller museums have also opened their virtual doors to keep the inspiration and art alive. The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County have created engaging experiences for people of all ages. Check out virtual tours of the Armory Art Center, Boynton Beach Art in Public Places, Flagler Museum, and Norton Museum of Art.

If museums aren’t your thing, there are still plenty of sites to check out. The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater recently launched #AileyAllAccess, providing a wide range of content such as digital dance tutorials and performances.

The National Theater brings shows to screens by creating The National Theater at Home. The YouTube page uploads full-length productions every Thursday at 7 p.m., keeping audiences entertained from their couches instead of theatre seats.

Despite the limitations of the coronavirus, museums, artists and performers are able to share their art to a larger audience from different parts of the world. While I only give a few examples in this article, there are plenty of online events and a good portion of them are free. Grab your laptop and start searching!

Sources: Google Arts and Culture, GlobeNewswire, CNN

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