Online Arts Events During the COVID-19 Outbreak
We turn to the arts to get through difficult times, so it’s been hard to grapple with social distancing, cancelled events, and the closure of venues during the COVID-19 outbreak. However, artists are nothing if not adaptable, especially when facing challenges. It has been heartening to see how quickly artists and arts organizations have turned their canceled events into digital events.
We have created a list of events that have moved online due to the crisis, in an effort to support artists, arts professionals, and cultural organizations, as well as to provide an enriching experience for those isolated at home as COVID-19 continues to spread. We will continue to update this list in the coming days. If you have an event to add, please fill out this form.
Also see our list of resources for artists, arts philanthropists, and arts professionals, and ways you can support the arts during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Updated 7/20/2020 at 5:50pm ET.
Myseum Presents : Over-Policing Black and Indigenous Lives
July 23, 2pm ET
Join Myseum of Toronto on Thursday, July 23th for an online panel discussion that takes a critical look into the history of policing in Canada, the communities most affected, where things stand now, and where we go from here.
UTOPIAA — A Festival for Recreational Architecture Online Event
July 25 & 26
Taking up virtual residence at Gray Area throughout 2020, the Architectural Association’s new AA Visiting School San Francisco presents UTOPIAA — a global festival for radical architectural visions to rework our world. This conference features an eclectic mix of online events held across San Francisco and London including live meditation, collaborative workshops, archive digs and panel discussions with leading designers and thinkers from AA, CCA, Gray Area, and SFAI’s global community. The stream of festival programming runs all day in the US and all night in Europe on July 25 & 26, 2020.
“Stretching Arms” Viewing Room
June 1 – July 30
“Stretching Arms” is an online viewing room that highlights artists’ work that provides empathy for others, establishes a community that endures and transcends solitude during this global pandemic.
Fresh Arts Virtual Summit 2020
Summit sessions will address the challenges of today’s uncertain economic climate and focus on strategies to best position artists for the future. Topics will include financial sustainability, legal issues, digital marketing, virtual collaborations and self-care strategies.
REPOSE Virtual Exhibition
Through September 1
REPOSE a digital exhibition composed of work of ten artists that incites sharing space, or touch in various mediums featuring guest curator Leslie Moody Castro.
Culture Through The Arts In The Public Realm
September 8, 8pm ET
This seminar is curated by the University of the Creative Arts (UCA) and will shine a light on the role of UCA in discovering the role of artists working in the public realm. On the 8th of September, Andrea Gregson, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and Gabor Stark, Senor lecturer in Architecture will present their practice in this live-streamed event.
Mondays through August 3, 7:30pm ET
REMOJO, the Pregones Theater’s recurring sneak peek at works in progress goes digital, giving audiences a chance to get up close and personal with Latinx theater, music, dance, and film/media artists. Events will broadcast for free on website, Zoom, and social media platforms.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6pm ET
Kitchen Broadcast is a new livestream performance series that invites artists to connect from their homes to yours. The series takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm ET via The Kitchen’s Twitch stream, featuring two new artists each week.
Santa Fe Art Tours Studio Visits
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Studio Visit and Artist Talk
Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, Zoom tour of the creative space of Santa Fe artists. “Walk” around their studio, check out work in progress, and find out what inspires them. Each studio tour is $10, and a portion of proceeds to The Navajo Water Project, which brings clean, running water to Navajo families.
(Re)Live Arts Streaming
Performing Arts and Artist Talks
Every Thursday, New York Live Arts will be streaming content from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and Live Arts archives. This includes performances and talks. Recordings will be up for a week and will refresh every Thursday.
[email protected] Watch Party
Wednesdays, 7pm ET
HERE Arts Center will be sharing full-length videos of their productions through Facebook Live every Wednesday.
Keeping Up With the Aud
Wednesdays and Sundays, 6pm CT
Performing Arts and Artist Talks
Auditorium Theatre launched two new video series. At Home With the Auditorium Theatre—airing every Sunday at 6pm CT—streams live performances from singers, dancers, and musicians on Facebook Live. #AUDTALK—every Wednesday at 6pm CT—are Facebook Live chats with arts professionals, experts, and star performers.
Each Wednesday, Fisher Center’s UPSTREAMING will release new content, including digital commissions and performances from their archives. Works featured each week will highlight a different aspect of the breadth of programming the Fisher Center offers, including weekly performances from the SummerScape Opera and BMF archives.
Summer 2020 Online Puppet Forum
Thursdays, 4pm ET
Join the Ballard Institute for their fifth Summer 2020 Online Puppet Forum Series event on Facebook Live! These forums, hosted by Ballard Institute director and puppet historian John Bell, will consist of discussions with notable scholars and practitioners around the world about the past, present, and future of puppetry and puppetry studies.
C4NM Encore Concerts
Thursdays, 7pm PT
C4NM Encore Concerts relives live performances at The Center for New Music. Curators and artists will join in on the conversation in real-time to answer questions and discuss musical topics.
Joe’s Pub Live!
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm ET
Joe’s Pub will share concerts with their audiences each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm ET on their YouTube channel.
Dreamocracy in America: Creative Conversations to Save America
Fridays at 6pm ET
Victor Payan and Pocha Peña lead free live Zoom conversations with artists each Friday about their activist work. The videos are archived online.
Live in the Lounge, Friday Night Music Showcases
Fridays, 7:30pm GMT+1 (London time)
Every Friday, join us Poplar Union for a live music showcase! The line up includes live performances, and an open mic night every month—all through Instagram Live.
Sundays, 12pm ET
Black Lunch Table hosts BLT:Live—a weekly series where artists are asked to share, play, and commune through a series of online “talks” on IG Live.
Spreckels Organ Society Live Concerts
Sundays through July 26, 2pm PT
The Spreckels Organ one-hour concert has music for everyone, from Bach to Rock, from Early Music to Contemporary, from Classical to Broadway.
Brooklyn Rail’s Daily Lunchtime Conversations
Everyday, 1pm ET
Each day Brooklyn Rail will host an artist or writer talk through Zoom conference calls, delving into their personal creative practices with a half hour for questions. Artist lineup will be posted on their social media.
The Metropolitan Opera Nightly Streams
Nightly, 7:30pm–3:30pm following day
The Met Opera will stream encore presentations from their Live in HD series nightly on their homepage from 7:30pm to 3:30pm ET the next day.
RAWdance has taken its process and performances online while we shelter in place. These bite-sized videos include creative responses to various prompts, wellness exercises, furniture dances, excerpts from past performances, and fully produced dance films.
19 Acts of COVID-19 Bravery
This online exhibition is a collection of works created in isolation, in response to the coronavirus. Each work is inspired by an act of bravery: something that is routine under normal circumstances, but during the pandemic becomes risky, bold, charged.
3LD Quarantine Video Series
3-Legged Dog is sharing videos of our past work, starting with a film by Huang Yi and Kuka which includes a full evening dance work by Taiwanese polymath artist Huang Yi.
Art at a Time Like This
How Can We Think of Art at a Time Like This? is an online exhibition and platform for the exchange of ideas at this time of crisis, featuring artists who are considered thought leaders and artists who struggle with futuristic pessimism, political outrage, and psychic melt-downs. Visitors are invited to post responses to open a dialogue at a time of social distancing.
Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall
The Berliner Philharmoniker is giving free access to their Digital Concert Hall, which includes live broadcasts, archived concerts, and documentaries about the artists. Use voucher code BERLINPHIL through 3/31.
A playlist of online experimental films and videos created by Kate Lain. The list is categorized based on moods, such as “For when you need to laugh or smile” and ” For when you’re in the mood to cry.”
Cinéma du Réel
Cinéma du Réel has partnered with Mediapart to put thirteen films from the international documentary film festival online for free.
Collectif Jeune Cinéma
Collectif Jeune Cinéma has made some films from their distribution catalogue available to watch online in their entirety.
Franklin Furnace Digital Collections and Archives
Franklin Furnace has made their Moving Image Digital Collections and Archives viewable online. The collection consists of audiovisual documentation of art events, such as performance art, presented or supported by Franklin Furnace.
Gibney Dance Online Classes and Programs
Gibney Dance has compiled a list of online dance classes and projects, as well as additional self-care resources.
The Grand at Home
The Grand Oshkosh will host 1 hour-long performances on their YouTube channel, featuring national touring and local artists. One or two performances will premiere each week.
Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head.
P·P·O·W presents this online exhibition featuring films by Guadalupe Maravilla, Carlos Motta, Carolee Schneemann, Hunter Reynolds, Suzanne Treister, and David Wojnarowicz. As humankind grapples with the overwhelming changes to daily life resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, these films confront bodily and societal restriction as well as destruction with “radical gestures” unique to each artist.
La MaMa Livestream Events
Multidisciplinary Online Streams
La MaMa is working with CultureHub to provide online streaming of select productions and events on Howlround Theatre Commons. Streams will include Downtown Variety, a weekly online live performance series that will feature short acts of dance, music, theater, new media, comedy, A/V performance, and more.
Los Angeles Art Book Fair
This spreadsheet lists all the participants for the cancelled 2020 LAABF and includes what they planned to sell at the fair, as well as links to purchase the merchandise.
MEMORY Online Showcase
Independent film studio MEMORY is streaming a continuously cycling selection of films free of cost on their website.
My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival
Every week Talking Shorts will present an online program of seven short films from around the globe on the subject of “dystopia.” The audience can then vote for their favorite film.
Next Fest Connects
The Next Festival of Emerging Artists has launched Next Fest Connects, an immediate support system for artists during difficult times. They are offering free online talks and masterclasses, free one-on-one music lessons, and more.
Catharine Clark Gallery’s Remote Access is a special online-exclusive media room featuring full-length video works by gallery and affiliated artists. Every Thursday and Sunday, they will screen a full-length video work on our website, which will be accessible for one week.
The Social Distancing Festival
The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Soup Kitchen on Zoom
Join the Open Source crew and local artists for dinners and art on Zoom. A different local artist will host each event, showcasing their art and what they are eating for dinner. We will come together to discuss how this pandemic is impacting our community and how it is affecting us individually.
[email protected] Festival
To highlight the talents of Lafayette County, Mississippi locals, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is hiring artists to share online concerts, art exhibits, live streamed shows, talks, and premieres. These events give everyone the chance to enjoy the creative voices of the community.
Trickle Up features orginal content by 50 NYC artists for $10 a month. When they reach 10,000 subscribers at $10 a month, they will be able to give $10,000 to 10 different artists affected by the Covid-19 cancelations.
Virtual Museum Tours
Hyperallergic has compiled a list of museums with virtual tours, so you can explore collections and exhibitions online.
Virtual Presentation Series
Performing Arts and Artist Talks
This series by Dance Place consists of performance events and conversations with artists in their 2019-2020 Presentation Series whose work has been postponed in response to COVID-19. All Zoom and Facebook Live links will be posted the day of the event.
Moxie Theatre hosts a series of live performances streamed online using the Zoom Video Conference App. The first play starting April 3 is Safe Distance—a peek into the video conference meeting of fictional pressed juice company. Suggested donation is $10.