COVID-19: Virtual Arts Experiences
Staying Connected While Social Distancing
The arts are the heart of public life, even in these times of social distancing. We all must do our part to flatten the curve, but we can remain connected through the arts. Around the world, artists of every discipline are continuing to create and connect with their audiences through digital means such as livestreaming, video conferencing, and social media. We've collected a few such online channels to help you stay connected:
- The Vermont Arts Council's Facebook page is regularly updated with resources for artists and virtual arts events to attend while social distancing
- Live From the Living Room Lounge, a Facebook group where musicians are streaming to the world from their living rooms
- Big Heavy World is gathering livestreams of VT musicians on their page. To be included, invite @bigheavyworld to be a joint host of your livestreamed Facebook event, and private message them or email firstname.lastname@example.org so they know to share your content
- For ten days starting Monday, March 23, Poets House and Dan Johnson will host 10*10*10, a poetry workshop by video for teens and adults
- The Social Distance Reading Series from Green Mountains Review is available on their website and on the GMR Facebook page
- Major Jackson is celebrating his newest poetry collection with a virtual book party on Facebook
- Seven Days' "Almost There," a new weekly column gathering livestreamed performances by local artists.
- Sarah Briggs and Sarah Lauren of Middlebury College Museum of Art have partnered with Vermont Curators Group to create Vermont Art Online, a virtual exhibition of galleries and museums all across the state
- SOCAPA and Catamount Arts' annual Film Slam is going online this year
- The Vermont Folklife Center has launched Listening in Place project in response to COVID-19. The project has two major components: a crowd-sourced Sound Archive to document Vermonters' daily experiences during the pandemic, and a series of online Virtual Story Circles, where Vermonters can gather remotely to listen and share.