While Michigan’s coronavirus shutdown keeps us out of auditoriums, theaters and galleries, our community’s art institutions are still here for us. Here are 7 ways to enjoy the arts right now.
1. Get Zen with the Grand Rapids Ballet
Michigan’s only professional ballet company is bringing a weekly Moment of Ballet Zen to all newsletter subscribers. Click here to sign up for their mailing list and receive videos of past ballet performances directly in your inbox every Friday.
2. Enjoy the sweet sounds of the Grand Rapids Symphony
The Grand Rapids Symphony is releasing musical moments on their YouTube page featuring their members performing from home.
3. Marvel at the Work of the Class of 2020
Kendall College of Art and Design 2020 Student Exhibition are now all online! Check thesis work from more than 100 graduate and undergrad students. Comment sections are included for each exhibition and viewers are encourages to leave feedback. Click here to view.
4. Take Your Lunch Break with the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
Grand Rapid’s premier community theatre is release daily videos featuring a theatre related theme that changes week-to-week. So far, they have covered dance, backstage, broadway and puppets. This week’s theme is improv. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for these fun videos!
5. Get Hands On with the Grand Rapids Art Museum
The GRAM has 10 hands-on art activities with step-by-step guides on their website. Whether you are now your child’s art teacher and need a lesson plan or want to engage in a relaxing contour drawing activity, the GRAM’s got you covered. Click here for all activities.
6. Virtually Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens
Every day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Frederik Meijer Gardens is invites you to visit them via Facebook live video. Stroll the beautiful grounds, learn about plant care, sit your little ones down for story time and more. Click here to follow their Facebook Page.
7. Take a Lesson with Artists Creating Together
Artists Creating Together’s “Stay Home & Stay Creative” series on YouTube features lessons on a huge variety of creative activities from tea painting to improv to 3d paper sculpture to musical instruments. Click here to go to their channel and get creative!