Looking for ways to stay engaged in the arts at home?
Have you been finding yourself craving good art while forced to stay home? Well, we’ve got you covered. We know how monotonous it can get staying cooped up at home with nothing to do. But now is the perfect time to listen to some extraordinary music, watch an opera you haven’t seen before, or learn more about other art forms that you might typically be less inclined to get involved in. We’ve prepared a list of activities and ways to stay engaged with the arts while you steer clear of this virus:
1. Check out the Metropolitan Opera’s evening broadcasts.
If you haven’t heard already, the Met Opera has been streaming a different opera from its Live in HD series every night – for free! These broadcasts are available starting at 6:30pm CST and close the following day at 5:30pm CST, just in time for the next one to be watched. Just go to the Met's website (button below) and follow the links about the nightly streams on the first page. You can also find out more information about future streams on their broadcast schedule page, which is updated every week.
2. Listen to any of the many concerts and orchestral events that are being streamed online.
A recent article from The New York Times, which is frequently being updated, has a list of people and institutions that are finding ways to share theater, dance, visual art, and classical music online. Under the classical music section, the article provides links to several companies, like the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic, which all have ways for people to stream videos or audio of archived performances. If you’re in the mood for a symphony or some chamber music, these are some of the places to go!
3. Check out a virtual art gallery, an online art book, or try an online art lecture.
In the same article mentioned above, there is a section that lists a number of opportunities for viewing and learning more about visual art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for instance, has online audio guides for literally thousands of works of art and exhibitions. Alternatively, check out a virtual tour of the Van Gogh Museum, The Morgan Library & Museum, or any of the other institutions listed!
4. Try a video call with your friends and family.
Okay, this one isn’t necessarily about staying engaged with the arts, but it can get pretty lonely having to stay at home every day! Fortunately, we are in an age where it only takes a few seconds to pick up the phone and give someone a call, or even video chat. If you’re someone who is typically averse to technology, maybe now is the perfect time to give video-chatting apps like FaceTime a try. If you’re having trouble, there are plenty of resources online to help you figure it out!