Check out these virtual arts activities while you’re at home!
Armonk Outdoor Art Shows Goes Virtual! On view October 3 and 4. Armonk Outdoor Art Show presents an intimate glimpse of some of their fabulous 2020 artists, meet them through virtual studio tours and explore the work of 160 juried artist via the Artist Pages. Find the complete list of artists at https://armonkoutdoorartshow.org/.
ArtsWestchester provides weekly social media activities, such as Art of the Week assignments every Monday, a look back at the staff’s favorite exhibited works every Thursday, virtual ArtsMobile activities for kids, Teen Tuesday and Thursday programs and more. facebook.com/artswestchester and instagram.com/artswestchester
Blue Door Art Center will reopen on September 12 with its Global Expressions exhibition that will celebrate cultural heritage through art (IN PERSON). The center will also host a series of free art workshops for kids and writing workshops for adults on Saturdays via Zoom. Hours: Sat: 1-5pm.
Broadway Training Center offers week-long virtual summer camp sessions via Zoom for the month of July and 2-week camp sessions in August that will either be via Zoom or a blended mix of Zoom and in-person if safety guidelines permit.
Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill will host Fall classes online and via remote learning. The Center offers digital arts education in web development, desktop publishing, 2D/3D animation, digital video and digital filmmaking. Click here for the full list of classes.
- Design your brand: September 15-October 27 (skip Oct. 6) at 6-9:30pm
- User Experience Design Portfolio II: September 12-December 19, 10am-4pm
Clay Art Center is reopening for in-person weekly hand-building and wheel classes for adults and youth beginning on September 8. The Center also offers virtual classes, artist lectures and demonstrations, as well as a portion of its Connections exhibition online. They offer curbside pick up for supplies too!
Downtown Music will launch its 33rd season of free, weekly concerts at noon with a livestream concert, featuring the Isabella Mendes and Flavio Lira Duo, on September 9 as part of ArtsWestchester’s JazzFest program.
Friends of Music Concerts will offer a series of performances by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The performances were curated by CMS co-artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han and were recorded in HD video and sound. Each will be available for streaming for 5 days after its premiere.
- Sat Sept 26: Michael Brown (piano) featured; Barber Souveniers (2 pianos) Brown Prelude & Dance (pf & cello); Mendelssohn Sextet Op. 110 (piano & strings).
- Sat. Oct 10: Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung featured. Mozart Concerto in E-flat major for Piano and String Quintet, K. 449; Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.
- Sat. Oct 24: Cho-Liang Lin (violin) featured. Foss “Composer’s Holiday” (vln & pf); Dvorák “Larghetto” from Op. 100; Tchaikovsky String Sextet Op. 70, “Souvenir de Florence.”
- Sat. Nov 7: David Shifrin (clarinet) featured. Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581; Bassi Concert Fantasia on Verdi’s Rigoletto (cl & pf); Ellington Clarinet Lament (cl & pf).
- Sat. Dec 5: Arnaud Sussemann (violin) featured. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4; Chausson Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21.
Hammond Museum and Japanese Strolling Gardens presents an Artist Members Virtual Gallery, featuring the works of the museum’s members through June 5, 2021. For a complete list of programs and workshops, visit hammondmuseum.org.
Harrison Public Library is offering suggestions on its website for what to read, watch, listen to and learn, as well as virtual workshops for teens and adults via Zoom, a virtual art exhibit by Dorothy Cancellieri, yoga classes for adults and more. For a complete list of programs, virtual classes and workshops, visit harrisonpl.org
Hoff-Barthelson Music School offers in-person and online classes for students of all ages. The school will also launch its Virtual Performance Program for students in grades 5-12 and adults, beginning this September through January. During this one-semester program, participants will develop ensemble skills while learning the process of creating a virtual ensemble performance that includes learning and recording their parts, synching, editing and publishing final recordings on social media. hbms.org
Hudson River Museum (HRM) is open to the public. Audiences can view the Museum’s current exhibitions (reserved timed entry tickets required). HRM’s Summer Amphitheater Series also presents a variety of performances on Saturday evenings through September 19. Museum From Home offers a variety of recorded programs and workshops, with new content being added each week. Audiences can also explore the museum’s Derrick Adams: Buoyant online exhibition on Google Arts and Culture. Museum Hours: Thurs-Sun: 12–5pm.
Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art’s interactive digital tours will educate viewers about several highlighted exhibitions. Virtual tours of the exhibitions How We Live and .edu: Art Faculty of the Hudson Valley are available on the Museum’s website.
- Climbing the Walls – A Virtual Theater, Poetry and Image Project: On view now
- Making Masks: An ongoing art opportunity for artists
- Virtual Sculpture Trail Tour
Available Anytime you need a break from the mandane!
Click here to access the tour.
Hudson Valley Writers Center is offering a series of classes and readings, all online, and ready for immediate rgistration. For a complete list of will now offer youth programs, virtual classes, workshops and online readings, visit writerscenter.org.
- Open Writes | 7:30 – 9:30pm
Second Saturdays every month
This group takes place via ZOOM.
For more info, click here.
Irvington Theater will host its second virtual film class: “Videos for Change.” This is a 4-week class where students will work both independently and virtually with a resacher to research and craft a key message and storyhoard – then create, edit, and promote a one-minute film about a social justice issue that they care about. Class starts October 13 and culminates with a virtual festival of student films. For complete details and to register, click here.
Jazz Forum Arts has launched Jazz Forum @ Home, a series of live-streamed concerts on Facebook Live these concerts are FREE of charge. You can also visit their YouTube page for additional performances. For up to the minute info on virtual and live events, click here.
Jitterbugs Jazz for Kids @ Home | Bringing Jazz to a new generation of New Yorkers, ages 2-7 years old! Each event is a stand-alone class which will feature two instructors who lead the children through interactive music games. The children will get to know Jazz through storytelling, movement, listening and playing with instruments. For info and tickets, click here.
Lyndhurst will open its new Watershed Moment installation at its unrestored swimming pool building on Labor Day weekend. The mansion also offers a variety of outdoor tours that will allow audiences to explore its 67-acre site (IN PERSON). Tours include: the Rose Garden, Greenhouse & Pool Tour, Riverfront & Bowling Alley Tour and Lyndhurst Ramble Tour. Virtual tours of the mansion and its Bowling Alley are also available on its website.
M&M Performing Arts Company in partnership with Red Monkey Theater Group present The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on YouTube. Tal Aviezer, Artist Director of Red Monkey who has adapted several Sherlock Holmes stories for stage is doing readings, in costume, for free, in his living room. The series is available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCweubkh6NsYCJCbIWmOr8MA.
New Choral Society. Making and sharing music is part of the principal mission, and since they can’t perform for you in person, they have shared some of their choral highlights from the past 26 years on a new SoundCloud channel. This includes works by Mozart, Bach, Brahms, Gounod, and Rossini as well as Randall Thompson’s Frostiana. Check out this video from December’s Messiah performance.
Neuberger Museum of Art While the Neuberger Museum of Art is temporarily closed, weekly suggestions for virtual events and getaways or art-related projects that are perfect for young artists are being posted online at NEU To Do and NEU To Do for Kids. You are also invited to join the museum for sneak peeks, conversations with special guests, in-depth Q&A sessions, and other experiences that virtually explore what’s happening Inside the NEU.
Ossining Arts Council Dr. Jill Kiefer is an art historian and teaching artist. She is the Director of What About Art? and a Member and Past President of the Ossining Arts Council. Jill has developed, implemented and taught comprehensive academic and lifelong learning programs at prestigious institutions in the USA and abroad. Beginning in June “Dr. Jill” will be offering virtual classes on a variety of topics. Every session runs for one hour. The presentations are around 35-45 minutes long with time left over for a Q&A. For more info, click here.
Pelham Art Center’s upcoming Domestic Brutes exhibition, which will examine diverse approaches of what feminism means in American society today, will be on view September 12-November 7 (IN PERSON). The Center will also offer in-person and virtual opening receptions, as well a series of virtual studio visits and workshops.
The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College Experience something…virtual. The Purchase PAC has always been the place to see world-class performing arts: music, dance, theatre, film, comedy, and family programming. With the theatres currently closed, The Performing Arts Center is on a mission to deliver the arts directly to you. Click here to learn about The PAC in Your Living Room initiative.
Play Group Theater Join PGTonline! Enroll now for the April Writers’ Series, YOGA for Actors, Musical Theatre History, VacationLAB, and the much anticipated PGT Project 24 [zoom-style]. To learn more visit: http://www.playgroup.org/online/
Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) uses the transformative power of the arts to help people in prison develop skills to unlock their potential and succeed in the larger community. RTA also seeks to raise public awareness of the humanity behind prison walls.
- Amazing Grace (33 minutes, documentary) showcases RTA putting on an original performance at Bedford Hills Coorectional Facility. Viewable on Vimeo here.
- Dramatic Escape (90 minute, documentary) follow the entire acr of RTA mounting Aaron Sorkin’s play A Few Good Men. Orginally aired on PBS and available here.
RiverArts creating community through the arts continues to challenge us in new ways. Many programs are continuing on line. These includes music, dance and art lessons, virtual studio tours and more. Keep up to date at Facebook, InstaGram and Youtube.
- Online Classes for Kids. River Arts offers SummerArts shortened, affordable classes, providing your kids fun in a virtual environment. Click here for a complete schedule.
- Monica Shulman Virtual Studio Tour
Artist Monica Shulman took over RiverArts InstaGram Story this past Thursday. If you missed it, don’t worry; you can walk through her bright Dobbs Ferry studio in this video.
- Six-Pack Music Lessons!
Looking for something to do at home? Try music lessons! Classes are taught by world-class musicians and are now offered virtually. Classes are for all ages. For more info click here.
- Virtual Dance Lessons with Mary Ford-Sussman
Channel your excess energy indo something that gets the heart pumping. Mary Ford Sussman, formerly a dance withe Limon Dance Company, is teaching virtual dance classes for all levels. For more infor click here.
The Sanctuary Series will join with South Salem Presbyterian Church (New York) to present a special concert of hymns performed on the pipe organ in the Sanctuary of the Church. The concert is being presented as a tribute to the medical personnel and other essential workers who sacrifice each day for us on the front lines of the current COVID-19 crisis and to offer a moment of respite and reflection for the community. Visit their FACEBOOK PAGE for virtual concert offerings.
The Schoolhouse Theater’s new Pandemic Players group will be providing virtual readings and performances of classic and comedic one-act plays.
• Vieux Carré by Tennessee Williams, a reading: September 4 at 1pm
• We Got This: Stories from, of and about Single Moms: September 10 at 1pm
• The Ibsen Classic: An Enemy of the People, a reading: September 18 at 1pm
• The Color of Light by Jesse Kornbluth, a reading: September 25 at 7:30pm
Taconic Opera offers the New York Opera Conservatory production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (A Pandemic Nightmare). It has been totally reimagined as a comedy taking place during a pandemic, and created entirely by relying on digital technology and cell phones. The entire production was staged, filmed and edited without any of the cast and technical crew leaving home. This production was directed by Dan Montez, General/Artistic Director, Taconic Opera; Director, NY Opera Conservatory. Click here to view on YouTube.
Untermyer Performing Arts Council is also presenting its annual WorldFest series, featuring a diverse range of free entertainment at the Untermyer park. Park hours: Fri-Sun: 12-6pm.
• Cocomama: September 5 (IN PERSON)
• Guss Hayes: September 12 (IN PERSON)
• CT Ballet: September 19 (IN PERSON)
Westchester Collaborative Theater hosted a free virtual theater production, COVID Diaries: Notes from the Frontlines, a mix of 11 original short plays and monologues inspired by recent events, written by WCT members and featuring WCT actors. The production is available on the Theater’s YouTube channel.
White Plains Public Library is open to the public and allows a limited number of patrons into the building to browse and borrow materials (IN PERSON). The library’s “Stuck at Home” web page also provides online resources for families. Library hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-7pm and Fri-Sat: 1-5pm.
- Lunchtime Meditation @ the Library: Wednesdays from September 2-30 at 12pm
- Virtual Storybook Dancing with Steffi Nossen School of Dance: September 10 & 24 at 10am
- Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body Discussion: September 23 at 2pm
- A Discussion on Attica Locke’s Heaven, My Home: September 16 at 2:30-3:30 pm
- Slow Reading Book Discussion: September 14 & 21 at 2pm