The WETA Arts Team spotlights arts you can access right from your computer at home.
Concert Opportunities: Check out Strathmore’s Facebook page for some incredible weekly performances! On Wednesdays at 7:30 PM, tune in to “Live from the Living Room” for an exclusive concert from one of the center’s Artists in Residence. On Saturdays, don’t miss “Family Jam,” a weekly show for all ages bringing in amazing artists like hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon.
Visual Art Galleries: Just because you can’t come to Strathmore doesn’t mean you can’t visit their visual arts exhibits. Virtual tours for both adults and kids are available on a weekly basis—all you need is a free RSVP!
Virtual Museum Tours: Virtual tours through museum websites have made it possible for you to explore both the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in D.C. and the Louvre in France on the same day! You can also tour the world of art through the many museum galleries in Google Arts & Culture, such as the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, the National Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) in Brazil, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea, and more.
Street Art: Being indoors doesn’t mean you can’t access the wonders of street art. Google Art Project’s Street Art connects you with street art from all corners of the world and the stories behind them. And if you’re in search of some of Banksy’s murals, check out this list of how to find some of them through Google Street View!
Art Activities: Mo Willems, Kennedy Center’s Education Artist-in-Residence, is inviting everyone to his art studio on weekdays around 1 PM EST for LUNCH DOODLES. Through a series of short videos, Willems teaches viewers how to draw, gives activities to do at home, and gives everyone a glimpse of his studio.
Art Classes for All Ages: Artists everywhere have taken this indoor time to share their secrets and help you create art of your own. Comic book artist Will Sliney started the series #wewilldraw, teaching kids how to draw popular characters from Pokémon, Animal Crossing, the Simpsons through live streams announced on his Twitter—a great opportunity for kids interact in real-time, as Sliney also takes questions live (if you miss it though, don’t panic—just head over to his YouTube channel). Check out also illustrator Wendy MacNaughton’s #drawtogether, 20-minute art classes for kids every weekday around 10 AM EST available on her Instagram.
Artists Worldwide: If you’re a music fan, check out the #TogetherAtHome concerts! An initiative launched by Global Citizen in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the online shows have artists from all genres and all corners of the world performing from their own homes. Performers already include Charlie Puth, John Legend, Bastille, Lindsay Stirling, and more! If you’re looking for a different online music venue, consider also NPR’s Tiny Desk—now featuring interviews and concerts with artists from their own homes.
Local Daily Concerts: With many venues closed, artists have taken to hosting live concerts in social media. A new (and online!) venue, however, has been the DC Dogs Facebook page! The group launched Musique Virtuelle: A Quarantine Concert Series, where they host a local artist live every day at 8 PM EST.
Open Mic Nights: Busboys and Poets is carrying on with their open mic nights now through their Instagram page! Tune to (or even sign up!) Busboys on Live! for poetry slams, music performances, and much more every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday around 8 PM EST.
DJs House Parties: Local DJs have taken house parties to the virtual realm. If you’re curious, check out DJ Curley Sue’s Sunday Brunch, available through Facebook Live around 1 PM EST on Sundays.
Opera Concerts: The Metropolitan Opera is launching “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” making one of their best performances of the past fourteen years available for streaming on a daily basis. And don’t miss the Royal Opera House’s #OurHouseToYourHouse series, posting many of their dances from past years on their YouTube channel.
Online Orchestras: Responding to cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s “Songs of Comfort” challenge, the National Philharmonic is performing at-home concerts featuring their musicians through a series titled: “Musical Notes from Us to You.” For more online orchestras, check out also past performances from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic!
THEATER FROM HOME
Broadway: Broadway fans can now watch exclusive performances and interviews from their favorite actors from the comfort of their own couch! Broadway World’s Living Room Concerts is featuring the stars of Hadestown, Dear Evan Hansen, Jagged Little Pill, Beetlejuice, and more performing from their own homes. For interviews, Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley are hosting Stars in the House every day around 2 PM EST and 8 PM EST. If you’re missing the Broadway stage, however, don’t panic—BroadwayHD offers a 7-day free trial for you to stream all of their professionally-recorded shows from your laptop.
Streaming Shows: The National Theatre is launching “NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME” starting April 2, having every Thursday one of their professionally-recorded shows available through their YouTube channel.
Script Readings: Local theaters are finding new ways to bring their stories to your home. 4615 Theatre Company, from Bethesda, MA, produced This Vessel is a Fragile Thing—a play by D.C.-based writer Britt A. Willis about a non-binary person’s struggles with their internal and external conflicts—as an online live reading now available through their Facebook page.
Live Monologues: If you’re in the mood for some of the great Shakespeare monologues, check out Shakespeare Theatre Company’s #ShakespeareChallenge, where they feature past performers, playwriters, and members performing their favorite Shakespeare monologues. If you’re in the mood for some never-before-seen content, The 24 Hour Plays’ Viral Monologues series may be your cup of tea: twenty different writers pair up with twenty different actors, each presenting online a powerful monologue by the end of the twenty-four hours.