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.
Updated 4/1/2020 at 3:04pm ET.
Reelabilities Film Festival Boston
March 22 – April 2
The ReelAbilities Film Festival, hosted by Boston Jewish Film, brings people together to connect, to be entertained, informed, and appreciate the artistic expressions of people with disabilities. They will be presenting films and discussions virtually through April 2.
Saint Paul Art Crawl
Virtual Open Studios
The Saint Paul Art Crawl, a local open studio event, is moving online. Artists are available for virtual tours and contact information is available for those looking to purchase work or connect.
Trump Lear Online
April 3 – May 1
Performing Arts Livestream
“During the London Plague Quarantine, Shakespeare wrote King Lear. During the USA Coronavirus Quarantine David Carl will Live-Stream Trump Lear from his Brooklyn home.” This is a live performance streamed online through Zoom, not a recording of our previously performed shows.
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.
HERE@HOME Watch Party
Wednesdays, 7pm ET
HERE Arts Center will be sharing full-length videos of their productions through Facebook Live every Wednesday.
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.
Gray Area Online Book Club, with Gene Youngblood & Expanded Cinema
Sundays April 5–May 24, 11am-12pm PT
Virtual Book Club and Artist Talk
Join Gray Area and Gene Youngblood in reading and discussing his book, Expanded Cinema. Online discussions will be held via video chat with the author every Sunday 11am PT, April 5 – May 24. The book club focuses on one chapter of the book each week.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.