Many arts organizations and artists are sharing creative ways to bring the arts into our homes. The TN Arts Commission is collecting and posting online arts events that you can enjoy and by doing that, you are supporting TN arts and culture. If you are conducting a virtual arts experience, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in this list.
- Over three days last week, the Paramount Center for the Arts production team shot seven “almost live” concerts with local artists on the Paramount stage. It reminded us how much joy we get from live music and how fortunate we are to live in a region with boundless talent. Each concert will be fifteen to twenty minutes in length. The artists will get to download their highly produced videos to share with their fans, and we will roll out the series over the next 7 weeks in conjunction with our Ghost Light Matching Funds campaign. WATCH the highlight reel.
- Michael & Nell will do a YouTube Live broadcast of their acclaimed Joe Hill Road Show on Saturday May 30, 8 pm central. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/4NfL9QNKmuc
- The Frist Arts Museum is offering Teen ARTlab: Animation with Michael Lapinski Art-making activity and Q&A on Thursday, May 21, 3:00–4:30 p.m. via Zoom. Free; registration required. For ages 13–19 only
- The International Storytelling Center has shared a video featuring storyteller Bil Lepp, filmed live at the 2019 National Storytelling Festival. There are two story guides to accompany the video: The Princess and the Pickup Truck and Uncle Debo, JELL-O Balloons, and Strike Anywhere Matches. These curriculum guides are ideal for grades 3-8.
- The Nashville Shakespeare Festival partners with the Frist Art Museum for another immersive “Shakespeare in the Galleries” performance, this time online! Inspired by the exhibition J.M.W. Turner: Quest for the Sublime, Festival actors and musicians will breathe life into these romantic paintings through drama and music. Audience members will view the exhibit as carefully curated poems, songs, and instrumentals highlight selected works. Friday, May 15. Time: 6:30 pm Central Time on Zoom. FREE, registration required. Register HERE.
- JESTERS DEAD: A Top Gun Shakesparody. Inspired by “Top Gun” & The Works of William Shakespeare mashed together by Rhett Henckel & Nat McIntyre The play follows the story of the 1986 classic movie TOP GUN starring Tom Cruise, using lines from the film interspersed with lines from every one of Shakespeare’s plays. Nat McIntyre directs the online, edited version with an all-female cast of Nashville actors, that has been recorded by the actors from their homes. Thursday, May 28th. Time: 7 pm Central on the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s YouTube channel. FREE, with a suggested donation of $20.
- Southern Word has free weekly workshops focusing on fiction writing, beats and demos, live-mix sessions, DJing, music production and more. Check out Southern Word’s event calendar to get a full schedule.
- Join #Kidsville as Kyla reads, “Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell – a story of three owl babies missing their mommy. Gather natural materials before the read to make your own cozy nest. After the story, use the resources linked below for further learning and fun! Owl Babies Storytelling Activities: bit.ly/3bv6YG0
- The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera have come together virtually for a socially distant performance of Carl Nielsen’s Woodwind Quintet, a piece they’ll be performing live during Quartets and Quintets, our November 15 Chamber Series concert. They have dedicated the piece to all of the front line workers who have given so much to our community in the face of COVID-19.
- Frist Art Museum We Count: First-Time Voters features the work of five local artists inspired by the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Originally scheduled to be on view in the Conte Community Arts Gallery, the exhibition will go live at FristArtMuseum.org/WeCount on May 1. It will highlight the history and challenges of voting in the United States and the first voting experiences of a diverse group of Nashvillians.
- Playhouse on the Square PRODUCTION PHOTO QUIZ #1. Think you can name the show with just ONE picture? We love our patrons, young and old! Whether you’ve been around since the beginning or you just joined the family, take a crack at our new weekly Production Photo Quizzes! Be sure to let us know how you did online by using #POTSProud when you share! Break a leg! Take the quiz: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QRW6DDK
- Poverty and the Arts offers Painting Sunsets with A.M. HASSAN. Join us online on May 6 at 6PM CST where we’ll be kicking off the Big Payback with POVA Artist, A.M. HASSAN! She’ll be leading a 15-minute demo teaching viewers how to paint her beautiful sunsets on canvas. Register for A.M. HASSAN’s Painting Sunsets Workshop Here.
- Watkins School of Art invites you to join now at harmonyshowcase.com!Starting today, enjoy the full experience of Watkins’ first-ever virtual Graphic Design & Illustration show. View our work, leave comments and pre-order some special Harmony goods. Also, make sure you’re following @harmonyshowcase on Instagram. Starting May 1, each artist will take over the account for the day to give you a peek into their process and share more about their work. You don’t want to miss it!
- Vanderbilt Blair School. Have a grandparent, neighbor or older loved one who needs an uplifting performance from a classical music student during the pandemic? All you need is access to a video conferencing app such as Zoom, FaceTime or Skype for the person to watch from their home. To set up a time for an online performance, email Zack Ebin at email@example.com.
- Metro Arts presents April 2020 THRIVE Projects, Bringing Nashvillians Together from the Safety of Home
- New links courtesy of the Nashville Arts & Business Council
- Americana Music Association Livestreaming Friday: A Conversation on COVID-19 in the music community
- Nashville Opera Enchanted Forest
- Nashville Symphony Musicians at Home
- OZ Arts Nashville Virtual Arts Experiences: No Place Like Home
Hattiloo Theatre invites you to join a discussion exploring what makes Black Theatre, Black. From as early as the Black Arts Movement, this question has been raised and discussed in various circles of artists, academicians, art enthusiasts, etc. Five panelists will weigh in on the subject and then enter into an open conversation with you about the subject. Click the following URL to join in: https://zoom.us/j/96172415191
- Socket, Nashville’s Sustainability Outlet, a program of the Metro Department of General Services, is connecting kids and families with online resources to stay busy and engaged. The second annual Socket Kids Art Contest (https://socket.nashville.gov/art), is in honor of Earth Month. Nashville kids ages 5-10 are invited to draw a picture of Socket the Dog doing something good for the planet, take a photo of their entry, and submit it via our website for a chance to win. Prizes include annual memberships to the Nashville Zoo, Adventure Science Center, and Cheekwood! The deadline for submitting entries is coming up on Earth Day, April 22.
- Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group in Memphis is offering many virtual events in April:
- Storytime with la Abuela Tomasa, every Tuesday on Facebook Live. https://www.facebook.com/events/220727202479534/
- A Children’s Day celebration with a Virtual Family Pajama Party on April 30, 2020, via Zoom. Link for registration: https://forms.gle/PZrJTRjtU6mxNKKH6
- Cazateatro y sus amigos, every Friday at 6:00 pm on Instagram live. Join for a conversation with Cazateatro friends around the world to talk about art, theatre, music, dance and more!
- The Frist Art Museum presents We Count: First-Time Voters, an online exhibition featuring the work of five local artists inspired by the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Originally scheduled to be on view in the Conte Community Arts Gallery, the exhibition will go live at FristArtMuseum.org/WeCount on May 1, 2020. It will highlight the history and challenges of voting in the United States and the first voting experiences of a diverse group of Nashvillians.
- Each Monday Music for Seniors will provide you with a link to a unique music program created especially for you and brought to you by our Musician Partners, or by a staff member (Matt and Sarah). Each weekly program will feature a new musician, new songs and bring you new love and energy from the talented folks who normally bring you the wide variety of songs and music you have come to expect and love – just as delivered to you in person through our regular Outreach. Sign up here: https://musicforseniors.org/still-here-for-you
- The Clay Lady’s Campus Co-op artists, Jackie Welch Schlicher and Mark Schlicher are doing Sing-a-longs everyday on during the Quarantine on Facebook.
- Dolly Parton will be reading a children’s book for bedtime in a series entitled, Goodnight With Dolly beginning Thursday, April 2 at 6 p.m., on The Imagination Library Official social channels.
- Hattiloo Theatre Hattiloo begins our free “Caught on Tape” series with its performance of ‘If Scrooge was a Brother’ from December 2014 very intentionally. The same elements of privilege, greed and discrimination that Dickens highlighted all those years ago are certainly thriving in our present society. As we have put life as we know it on hold, let’s liken that interruption to Eb Scroo’s very interrupted night of sleep. Many of us are reflecting on life as it was, Christmas past, how different our experiences are in this “new normal”, Christmas present, and somewhat anxious about what changes we will face once social distancing is lifted, Christmas future. May we all accept the challenge to grow through our current “interrupted night of sleep” to awaken with a heart of gratitude and generosity; a focus on family and forgiveness; and a greater sense of responsibility to each other. Just click the following link and enjoy the show at your leisure. https://hattiloo.org
- OZ Arts Nashville Banish the blahs with an uplifting dose of inspiration! We’ve just released the latest episode of our #BraveNewArt podcast featuring poet Ciona Rouse, who you may remember from her joyful performances in The Longest Night at OZ Arts. In this episode, Ciona recalls the liberating moment she claimed her space as an artist and discusses creative collaboration in a traditionally isolated discipline. Listen here: bit.ly/BNACiona
- Engage online with the Metal Museum:
- NEW! Virtual Artist Talk with Sophie Glenn. Available on Facebook Live this Thursday, April 2. https://www.facebook.com/events/354761865438145/
- Virtual Tour of Tributaries: Sophie Glenn. Available through the Museum’s website and this link: https://poly.google.com/view/3sa4eDPCPlm
- Beauty in the Boundary, the Museum’s permanent collection exhibition of gates, and related activities are available online. The direct link is: https://www.metalmuseum.org/beauty-boundary
- Online activities produced by our Education team will be uploaded to our website. The direct link is: https://www.metalmuseum.org/online-lessons
- The Museum will be regularly hosting Instagram and Facebook challenges. The first, #ForgedInFoil was great! See some of the submissions here: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/forgedinfoil/
- Demonstrations and how-to videos will be posted to our YouTube page. Apprentice Reed shows how to forge a squid in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtMPuBUr3y4
- The blog has been more active. The link is: www.metalmuseum.org/blog
- The 2020 Dogwood Arts Festival is going virtual. The virtual festival launched today at https://festival.dogwoodarts.com/ and showcases 109 artists from around the country who were juried in to participate this year. There will also be a Public Vote component to the Virtual Festival, and cash prizes will be awarded to the three artists with the most votes (First Place: $500, Second Place: $300, Third Place: $200). The public vote will be open March 31st – April 30th with winners announced on May 1st. Festival Website: https://festival.dogwoodarts.com/ Public Vote Link: https://bit.ly/3dGYrlB
- Music for Seniors Matt Bridges is kicking off weekly Virtual Outreach with his unique “RhythmSession” featuring sing-alongs with rhythm. Watch and sing and clap, tap or dance along. Or – grab your tambourine or frame drum or other percussion instruments (spoons?!) and join in. https://youtu.be/V-W3VD6n-ks
- Jessica Young is a Nashville children’s book author who has created a series of short videos for kids where she reads one of her books or part of one and posts an activity for kids to do at home, many with printable activity pages. She also plans to do a chapter book read-aloud next week with one of her longer books, reading a chapter each sitting from her “Reading Fort”: https://jessicayoungbooks.wordpress.com/teachersandkids
Here are the links to the videos:
- A Wish is a Seed read-along and metaphor activity
- Haggis and Tank Unleashed — All Paws on Deck read-along and homophone activity
- Haggis and Tank Unleashed — Howl at the Moon read-along and sound words activity
- Haggis and Tank Unleashed — All Paws on Deck read-along and directional/locational words treasure hunt activity
- Play This Book read-along
- Belcourt Theatre
While the Belcourt Theatre, Nashville’s nonprofit film center, remains closed, its slate of online “virtual” programming grows, providing area film fans unique opportunities to see new releases and engage in online learning opportunities. Currently, audiences can watch a selection of films online that the Belcourt had planned to open on its big screens and are not yet available for streaming rental. In addition, a weekly film seminar and film club provide chances for conversations and discussion around particular movies and aspects of cinema. Film distributors, in partnership with the Belcourt and other art houses around the country, are providing virtual ticketing for many of their new releases which were slated to open in theatres like the Belcourt this month or in March. While movie theaters are closed, these partnerships enable Belcourt audiences to see movies not yet available on typical streaming platforms, with a portion of these virtual ticket revenues returned to the Belcourt from distributors. The following titles are currently available:
- Sundress Academy for the Arts
Sundress Publications is now accepting submissions for consideration for inclusion in our new review series, Sundress Reads. We’re looking to write featured reviews for books with release dates from February 1-April 30, 2020. We at Sundress hope to champion writers whose work highlights human struggle and challenges misconceptions
- Frist Art MuseumLet’s take a stroll through the exhibition J.M.W Turner: Quest for the Sublime together, shall we? One of England’s greatest artists, J.M.W. Turner was a leading figure in the Romantic movement, which arose in response to the Enlightenment emphasis on reason over emotion. The oil paintings and watercolors in this exhibition span Turner’s career, from the 1790s —1840s. Storm and flood are portrayed as compelling forces unto themselves; mountains and sea show the world in a state of flux; human transition is captured as well, with images of steamships and other suggestions of industry heralding the ascendant machine age.
- For grown-ups
- Interview with Tate senior curator David Blayney Brown
- For a longer visit with David Blayney Brown, watch his lecture at the Frist (lecture begins at timecode 10:50)
- Smarthistory’s video about Turner, Rain, Steam, and Speed
- For educators and parents
- J.M.W. Turner Art Trunk activity and video
- Educator Guide for J.M.W. Turner: Quest for the Sublime
- For students
- Meet the artist: J.M.W. Turner (from Tate content partner Khan Academy)
- For kids
- Who is J.M.W.Turner? (from Tate Kids)
- FristKids.org video about painting in nature—en plein air!
- Tennessee State Museum
If you are currently at home with children, Color Our Collections is a great activity that you can do using just your printer. These free coloring book pages featuring popular objects from our collection for you to paint as your own. Recent additions include one of Dolly Parton’s performance outfits, 1938 Farmall tractor, our log cabin, Manny’s House of Pizza tricycle, and more. Share your completed coloring pages with us on social media by tagging the Museum and using #ColorOurCollections!
We hope this virtual tour of the Bradford Robertson Color Garden brings a little bit of happiness. #CheekwoodinBloom #OurGardensYourHome
- Brooks Museum
ChalkFest is ON + going VIRTUAL. Submit your colorful creations by tagging us @brooksmuseum and using #ChalkFest2020 for a chance to win prizes. Multiple submissions are allowed. RSVP on our event page and let us know you’re participating: Virtual ChalkFest!
- Mayor John Cooper
Tune in to Music City Bandwidth, hosted by Visit Music City. From their homes to yours, Nashville’s favorite artists and local venues are livestreaming concerts so you can still listen to music, at home. #SaferAtHome #MusicCityBandwidth. More: https://www.visitmusiccity.com/things-t…/…/upcoming-concerts
- Arts Memphis
Enjoy the arts while practicing “social distancing”.
- Cazateatro Story Time
- Indie Memphis Movie Club
- Symphony of the Mountains
A list of online concerts:
- Alphorn Music from Switzerland: Duo Rauschhorn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWiB_-ZLS6o
- Bach, Cello Suite No. 1 in G major: Prelude. Yo-Yo Ma, official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1prweT95Mo0
- Kruger Brothers: Beautiful Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx_C0VEww9A
- Antonello Venditti, Grazie Roma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH1sMQ531p0
- Beethoven, Symphony No. 7: Movement 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWiB_-ZLS6o
- Beethoven, Symphony No. 7: Movement 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-MixxJBJ7E
- Arvo Paert, Tabula Rasa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRu01zjeaRk
- Shakespeare Festival launches their Decameron Project Wednesday, March 25 at 10:15 am on our Facebook page. Please join us by visiting us on our Live Facebook page here. The Decameron is an influential book written by Boccaccio in the mid-14th Century, likely inspired by his own flight from Florence and survival during the Black Death epidemic. His book is framed by ten women and men who self-quarantine during the outbreak for two weeks. Their charge: each tells a story every night based on a particular theme of Love. They skip cleaning days and holy days, so they come out with 100 stories.
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Our mission is built around music that can provide inspiration, perspective, and encouragement. While our doors are closed, we’ll spotlight stories of musical perseverance, gleaned from our archives. Visit our Watch & Listen page at the link to explore videos and podcast episodes filled with inspiring stories, and powerful songs. What artists and songs have been keeping you inspired? #MuseumFromHome
- Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Each day, we hope to bring you something that’ll make you smile as part of our #TPACDailyIntermission! Today, we travel to North Coffee Elementary where students practiced and performed ‘The Jungle Book Kids’ as part of the #DisneyMusicalsInSchools program here at TPAC! Thanks to donors like you, schools like North Coffee Elementary get to perform Disney musicals at no cost to them. This is their first year in the program and we can’t wait to see what great things come next!