One amazing thing that’s come out of social distancing is the museum industry’s incredible capacity to come together and collaborate to create content to inspire and engage everyone at home. In addition to our own virtual offerings, we’ll also present a weekly round-up of some of our favorite ideas from other museums and cultural institutions around the world.
#CanadaPerforms is a $200,000 short-term relief fund that pays Canadian artists for their online performances. It was launched by Facebook Canada and the National Arts Centre to help ease the financial strain for Canadian artists impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada related to COVID-19. Free streaming performances range from dance workshops and kids entertainment to classical, pop, blues, and soul music.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems features the Kennedy Center’s artist-in-residence (aka “the pigeon books” author) with new drawing, doodling, and writing challenges weekdays at 1pm.
If you’ve missed this traveling exhibition, now’s a good time to experience it virtually. Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors takes you through six Infinity Mirror Rooms incorporating the artist’s polka dot obsession and an other-worldly sensation of traveling through space without leaving your house. Dive deeper with All Things Considered as NPR’s Elizabeth Blair walks you through the exhibition.
We were very impressed with the Andy Warhol Museum lessons, which are great for educators, ambitious parents, and lovers of everything Andy. You can filter their free interdisciplinary teaching tools by grade level, subject (not just art, think science and math, too!), and duration (lessons done in one day vs. multi-day plans).
#RjiksMuseumFromHome offers several ways to interact with their collection. We especially like their Masterpieces Up Close, which takes virtual tours to another level using a new online platform. It allows you to “stroll” through the Amsterdam art museum’s Gallery of Honour with very palatable short narratives on each work of art. We also love hearing about their curators’ favorite works in their video series Curators From Home.