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Online Arts & Culture Resources

You're stuck at home. You're suddenly a homeschool teacher. You're feeling anxious about the state of things. You miss your art / music / dance classes. You still want to have a meaningful connection to the outside world. You're looking for a way to make lemonade out of a lot of lemons.

 

You sound like someone who could use a list of free, web-based resources.

We've compiled a bunch of ways to interact with the arts online, for free (some of them temporarily, but no time like the present!), right now.

Keep your mind (and body!) engaged, your thinking fluid, and pour your emotions into a vessel strong enough to hold them. Creativity is only a click away - how many new things will you try in the upcoming weeks?

 

Adult Focused:

Visit some of the world's greatest art museums... virtually. Here's a great place to start. Or view past artist talks at the National Gallery of Art.

Attend the symphony or opera... in your pajamas. Catch a live stream of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Listen to six decades of the Berlin Philharmonic. Watch nightly Metropolitan Opera live streams.

Audit an online college-level course for free. The Great Courses is offering a one-month free trial right now. Other options that are always free include Class Central and Coursera. Here's one more list. And another one.

Color. Yes you, adults. 45 minutes of art, even art done badly, is a proven stress-reducer. Afraid of the blank page? Check out this amazing collection of printable coloring books from museum collections. Or go to virtual art school.

Write to a stranger. Oregon Humanities facilitates an annual letter exchange, and recently added a special coronavirus edition.

Write for the sake of writing. This site (scroll down to the bottom) has a list of 20 different sites that offer free writing prompts, the answer to even the worst case of writer's block.

Learn culinary arts basics by cooking with what you have on hand. This site is offering one month of free access (look for the code on the landing page) right now.

Get more mileage out of your library card. The Cook Memorial Library offers a whole bunch of resources (from free movie and music streaming to digital book access, online genealogy resources, and more).

 

Younger Kid Focused:

Draw lunch-time doodles with famed children's book illustrator, Mo Willems.

Print off these art-prompt activity sheets by artist Jarrett Lerner.

Listen to a story... read from space.

Fill your home with creative movement.

 

Older Kid Focused:

Do daily drawing activities (live or recorded) with artist Jarrett Krosoczka.

Find supplemental learning resources on Scholastic's Learn at Home site.

Take a virtual field trip to the Revolutionary War.

Practice critical thinking skills with the New York Time's Learning Network.

Improve basic writing skills with Quill.

 

Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg. The internet is brimming with amazing (& free!) arts and culture opportunities right now. If you find a good one, send it to us to add to the site!

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