Check out these virtual arts activities while you’re at home!
This is your monthly guide of exhibitions, concerts, theatrical performances, films and children programs available to stream at home, office or anywhere else you enjoy the arts. Programs are presented by Art Centers, Galleries, Museums, Theaters and Film Houses for your enjoyment.
Please check with organizations to confirm event details.
Arc Stages will present SummerStage, an in-person camp program for ages 5-18 this summer. Classes include Acting Technique, Choreography, Improv & Theater Games, Stage Combat, Music and Vocal Technique and more. A 4-week Teen Intensive conservatory program will also offer professional training from actors and directors with extensive experience in the business. The skills learned in all these classes will be incorporated into the creation of musical theatre shows that will be performed at the culmination of each respective section.
ArtsWestchester presents Together apART: Creating During COVID, an in-person and online exhibition that reflects individual contemplations on the year of the pandemic (IN PERSON). The show will be on view through August 1. Gallery hours: Wed-Fri & Sun: 12-5pm, Saturday 12-6pm. The organization also offers ArtsMobile activities, Teen Tuesdays & Thursdays program and more.
Bedford Playhouse’s Virtual Playhouse brings a selection of interactive programs, from comedies to environmental documentaries, author talks, weekly trivia for kids and more.
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts‘ grounds will be open and free to the public Fridays through Sundays from June 11 through October 10. Visitors can discover site- specific installations, part of an annual exhibition of sound art called “Sonic Innovations,” from Friday to Sunday. Live-streamed concerts and past performances by world-renowned artists are also available on youtube.com/caramoor.
Center for the Digital Arts at Westchester Community College will host a remote Summer Youth Arts Technology program this July-August. The STEAM program focuses on the hybridization of art and science and develops critical creative thinking. The Center also offers digital arts education, including web development, 2D/3D animation, digital video and more. Interested students should contact Dr. Sherry Mayo at [email protected] or 914-606-7385.
- 3D Animation for Teens: July 12-22 at 9:30am-2pm, July 26-Aug. 5 at 9:30am-2pm
- Digital Painting & Drawing for Children: July 12-22 at 12-2pm, July 26-Aug. 5 at 2:30-4:30pm
- Filmmaking for Teens: July 12-22, 2:30-4:30pm, July 26-Aug. 5 at 2:30-4:30pm
For more programs at the Center for the Digital Arts, click here.
Clay Art Center will offer half and full-day summer clay camps for kids aged 6-15 on July 6 through September 3 (IN PERSON). The programs will focus on wheel throwing, hand-building and sculpture. The Center is also open for on-site visits and open studio sessions by appointment, and offers virtual classes, artist lectures and demonstrations.
Color Camera Club of Westchester will be presenting photographic programs via Zoom. The club, in conjunction with Croton Council of the Arts, is presenting the virtual exhibit, “Visions During Lockdown,” featuring photographs that were either taken during the pandemic or photographs that express the feelings of the photographer about being in lockdown. Colorcameraclub.com
Emelin Theatre is presenting a diverse roster of virtual events, including musical concerts and film screenings as part of its Film Club.
Greenburgh Arts and Culture Committee will host its Kids Short Story Connection series of Zoom writing workshops. Young writers aged 10-17 will work in a virtual, roundtable setting to develop their creativity, improve old stories and write new ones. For more information, contact Sarah Bracey White, (914) 682-1574 or via email at [email protected]
Harrison Public Library will present From Seeds to Blooms, an exhibition by Annabel Romero and Layer By Layer, a virtual exhibit by Judith Weber. The library also hosts virtual workshops for teens and adults via Zoom, online book clubs, yoga classes for adults and more. For a complete list of programs, virtual classes and workshops, visit harrisonpl.org/events/harrison.
Hudson River Museum presents Border Cantos | Sonic Border, a collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and sculptor and composer Guillermo Galindo that addresses the humanitarian situation at the wall between the U.S. and Mexico (IN PERSON). Also on view: Librado Romero (IN PERSON) and Landscape Art & Virtual Travel: Highlights from the Collections of the HRM and Art Bridges (IN PERSON). Museum Hours: Thurs-Sun: 12–5pm.
Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art is reopened by appointment, with an expanded exhibition of How We Live. Virtual tours, and an in-depth Sculpture Trail Walk are available on the Museum’s website. Hours: Thursday-Saturday by appointment.
Hudson Valley Writers Center will present free readings throughout the month. A series of classes and readings, all online, are open for registration.
- Open Write via Zoom (Writers Group): July 10 & August 8 at 7:30pm
- Six-Week Hybrid Workshop with Chris Campanioni via Zoom: July 12-August 16 at 6:30pm
- A Poetry Workshop for Beginners and Others with Suzanne Cleary via Zoom: July 12-August 16 at 6:30pm
For more programs from Hudson Valley Writers Center, click here.
Jacob Burns Film Center continues to screen new releases and repertory films in its Virtual Screening Room.
Lyndhurst Mansion offers Daily Grounds Passes and weekend landscape tours through August 29 (IN PERSON). The mansion also offers virtual offerings, such as 360-degree tours and online exhibitions.
Suggestions, encouragement and feedback are given to enable artists to grow and make progress in their chosen medium. June 2 and 16 at 4:30pm.
Neuberger Museum of Art is open to the public and presents several exhibitions of works from the museum’s collections. Pre-recorded 20-minute guided meditations are available on its website, as well as weekly art-related projects and activities for kids.
- Lesley Dill’s “Rush,” a site responsive work: On view through December 24, 2021
- African Art and Culture exhibition: Ongoing
- Then and Now: Modern and Contemporary Selections exhibition: Ongoing
Nowodworski Foundation presents Yonkers Community Quilt, a free virtual workshop series for those who are interested in art or want to participate in a community project that showcases the diversity of the city. Workshops will be held on select dates in June. To confirm/sign in, email [email protected].
Oak & Oil Gallery will display Painting with Fire, featuring encaustic works by Richard Coico on July 10-August 17 (IN PERSON). The artist uses birch panels as his canvas, and fire as his brush. Recent Works by Linda Puiatti is also on view through July 6. Her new ethereal abstract paintings will be showcased alongside her representational works of landscapes, barns, sky and waterways.
Pelham’s The Picture House offers film screenings via its virtual cinema and continues its Education at Home program, which presents short films with discussion questions and activities for students of any grade level.
The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College’s online offerings include a range of live, recorded and curated events, education and entertainment.
The Rye Arts Center will present Summer Musical Theater Workshops, during which students aged 8-13 will learn shortened versions of scenes, songs, and simple choreography from some of the greatest Broadway and Disney productions. A presentation is held each Friday evening at 7pm for the students’ families. The Center also offers in-person and virtual classes in drawing, painting, ceramics and more.
- Summer Musical Theater Workshops – Aladdin (July 26 – 30), Descendants (Aug. 2 – 6), Moana (Aug. 9 – 13),
Willy Wonka (Aug. 16 – 20)
- Rye’sAbove, a public art collaboration with The Rotary Club of Rye: Ongoing
The Schoolhouse Theater presents a series of Zoom Matinees each week on most Fridays at 1pm. The theater’s Pandemic Players read live from some of the world’s best-known playwrights and authors. Zoom Matinees each week give viewers a taste of a live stage performance from the obscure, Vieux Carré by Tennessee Williams, to the mainstream, Sylvia by A.R. (Pete) Gurney.
Steffi Nossen School of Dance offers a wide array of SummerDance Camps and Intensives for a variety of ages, levels and disciplines. Preschoolers to pre-professional dancers will enroll in any of the school’s 1-Week to 2-Week offerings, which will focus on giving the students a diverse dance experience while enhancing their technical and artistic growth. Camps and Intensives are offered in Creative Movement, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater and Composition. Beginning on July 11 through August 19, the school will also offer Young Movers outdoor dance classes for parents and toddlers, along with children aged 3-5 at Greenburgh Nature Center. steffinossen.org
Taconic Opera’s New York Opera Conservatory (NYOC) will offer in-person opera performances of Lucia di Lammermoor and The Pearl Fishers at the Presbyterian Church of Mt. Kisco. Each performance will include the complete opera and is semi-staged. Dates: July 6, July 8-10 at 7pm and August 10-14 at 7pm.
Tarrytown Music Hall “Night In With the Music Hall” series continues with weekly livestream concerts via its Facebook and YouTube pages.
Westchester Children’s Museum has opened to the public. Additional details on health and wellness protocols are available online.
White Plains Public Library‘s webpage also provides online resources for families. Library hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-7pm and Fri-Sat: 1-5pm.
The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra presents [email protected], a series of music events available on its website. Yonkers Philharmonic’s brass musicians will return to the stage with an outdoor performance this July. In August, the Yonkers Philharmonic strings will close out the Hudson River Museum’s Summer Amphitheater program with a live outdoor performance, which will be available to stream through its virtual [email protected] program in September.