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Arts Organizations Turn to Online Streaming for Some Events During Coronavirus Outbreak

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Image via publictheater.org
Image via publictheater.org

Live music and performance venues have been hit hard during the corona virus outbreak.  Having to shut their doors has no doubt done painful economic damage. Here’s a roundup of local venues that are offering online events:

Caveat is getting ready to livestream events this week. They write: “Going crazy yet? Craving information, but starting to feel desperate to receive it in a non-depressing way? We got you. Beginning this week, your favorite nerdy basement bar will host livestreams 5 nights a week with extra-special online editions of our shows.”

HERE performance space is offering free online programming activities. They write: “In response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Obie-winning HERE (Kristin Marting, Founding Artistic Director) is proud to announce several free online programming activities designed to uplift audiences during these challenging times. These programs include #stillHERE, a weekly Livestream featuring a HERE artist who invites viewers to share in the creation of new work; HERE@HOME, a weekly watch party that streams full-length productions previously presented at HERE; and #COVIDEO, a sequential, community-built work of video art that is led by HERE artists and staff, and that the public is invited to participate in.”

International Center for Photography (ICP) is offering virtual exhibition tours, online classes and a community-based “open call” for photographs. They write: “If you’re a working photographer—no matter artist, photojournalist, hobbyist, or something in between—we would love to see what you are creating in this moment. Share your images and stories with ICP by using #ICPConcerned on Instagram and we’ll post select images on @ICP.”

The Museum at Eldridge Street is offering online classes, story-time, concerts from their archive and Passover Programming.

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) has been offering free live webcasts of their popular series, MOCA Talks, and has a virtual tour on their website here.

Nuyorican Poets Cafe hosted their first Online Open Mic on Friday, March 26, and plans of host more soon.  They are also offering Virtual Mic Challenges on their Instagram page, with weekly poetry prompts, encouraging participants to record and post a poem (5 minutes or less) about the prompt.

Paul Taylor Dance Company is streaming some of their wonderful performances online. They write: “PTDF is delighted to share a new, free streaming opportunity: PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY IN PARIS! Stream it today: for a limited time only, you can experience two of Mr. Taylor’s most cherished masterworks, Brandenburgs and Beloved Renegade, as performed by the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2012 at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris.”

The Public has cancelled all live shows (as have all our local arts venues) but they are offering some performances from Joe’s Pub Live! From the Archives, as well as streaming past productions from Shakespeare in the Park, artists conversations, and playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is continuing her “Watch Me Work” series of classes, everyday next week. The series was formerly hosted on the mezzanine at The Public, now hosted on Zoom.

Rockwood Musichall is offering nightly concerts on Instagram. They write: “Join us for Rockwood LiveStream Concerts – taking place at 8PM EST nightly from March 25th, 2020 onward as we strive to bring you live music during this period of social distancing and isolation.”

We will update this list regularly.  If you are a local arts organization offering online programming, let us know at tips@thelodownny.com.

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