Check out these virtual arts activities while you’re at home!
Due the COVID-19 pandemic, please check with hosts and venues to confirm event details are up to date.
Arts10566 (Peekskill) Digital Learning In response to the times, Arts10566 has taken the initiative to collaborate with its creative team and the Peekskill School District to provide fun and enriching instructional lesson-based activities through our new interactive platform, available for students, parents and community. Programs are available in several disciplines. Contact Arts10566 for most up-to-the-minute information: [email protected].
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
Bethany Arts Community In an effort to support our community and artists during these unprecedented times, BAC will be offering new online arts programming, art classes and events to stay connected. BAC features Toy Theater Puppet piece “Star Waltz” by Andrew Irons, a resident studio artist and co-founder of Theater O located in Ossining, NY. This installation has been on display at BAC during our 2020 Winter Exhibit. For addtional classes, workshops and artists talks, visit their website.
Broadway Training Center check website for current list of offering virtual and in-person.
Clay Art Center resumed in-person weekly hand-building and wheel classes for adults and youth. The Center also offers virtual classes, artist lectures and demonstrations, as well as its current exhibitions Concepts in Clay: Artists of Color on view through December 31, 2020. They offer curbside pick up for supplies too! Please visit the Clay Art Center website for current offerings.
The Croton Council on the Arts Streaming December 1, Handmade for the Holidays boutique will bring artisans to you via the internet; Photographers of Northern Westchester will meet virtually on December 2 at 7:30pm; and on the 3rd Wedensday of every month, join Cornelia Cotton for Let’s Talk for dicussions about literatute and philosophy.
Downtown Music in its 33rd season of free, weekly concerts at noon on Wednesdays streaming on youtube.
- December 2: The Downtown Sinfonietta Chamber Players(featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)
- December 9: Home for the Holidays with Kimberly Hawkey featuring David Budway.
- December 16: Angelica– A visit with this wonderful chamber choir, directed by Marie Caruso
- Concerts resume January 13, 2021.
For links to each concert, please visit the Downtown Music at Grace website.
Friends of Music Concerts offers 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. The current collection virtual performances ends on Saturday, December 5 with Arnaud Sussemann (violin) featured. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4; Chausson Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21.
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). Museum From Home offers a variety of recorded programs and workshops, with new content being added each week. The Sky Tonight Live-Streams every Thursday at 7pm offereing you the chance to visit the stars from the comfort of your own home.
In-Person Museum Hours: Thurs-Sun: 12–5pm. Visit hrm.org for more details.
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.
- December 5 | 12:30pm | One Two Three Four: Stanza and Line with Martha Collins (via Zoom)
- December 12 | 12:30pm | Working with What You’ve Got: Using Memory and Family History as Source Material for Fiction with Lena Valencia on Zoom
- December 16 | 7pm | An Evening with Lynn Emanuel, Lucia LoTempio, and Lauren Russell on Zoom
- January 6 – February 10 | Wednesdays @ 12:30pm | Year of Your Book: Wednesday Poetry with Jennifer Franklin on Zoom
- Janauary 7 – February 11 | Thursdays @ 7pm | Poetry as Thought, Craft with Sean Singer via Zoom
- Janaury 8 – February 12 | Fridays @ 10:30am | Year of Your Book: Friday Poetry with Jennifer Franklin on Zoom
- Janaury 8 – February 12 | Fridays @ 1:30pm | Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow via Zoom
- January 9 | 12:30pm | New Year, New Page: Crafting Your Narrative With Fresh Eyes with Ko Im via Zoom
- January 10 | 12:30pm | How to End Poems with Sean Singer via Zoom
- January 16 | 12:30pm | One Day Memoir Workshop with Susan Hodara via Zoom
- January 23 | 12:30pm | The social urgency of hybrid poetics with Chris Campanioni via Zoom
- January 24 | 12:30pm | Hacking Your Novel with Bethany Ball via Zoom
- January 30 | 12:30pm | Creative Containers for Creative Nonfiction with Courtney Gillette via Zoom
- January 31 | 12:30pm | An Afternoon with Jane Hirshfield & Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Jacob Burns Film Center continues to work with film distributors to offer a robust, curated selection of interesting and exciting new and repertory films to the JBFC community. In the Virtual Screening Room you’ll find films selected by JBFC programmers that you can watch at home on your television, computer or mobile device. To learn more and register for upcoming virtual JBFC Live events, visit their Virtual Events page.
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.
Katonah Museum of Art has reopened its Museum and Learning Center to the public. Visitors can purchase tickets to see the Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics (in person through Jan. 24, 2021). A virtual tour of the exhibition is avaialble online here. Admission is by advance reservation. Hours: Tues-Sat: 10-11:15am, Sun: 12-1pm.
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.
- Currently streaming through December 15: Veteran’s Day Concert West Point Brass Quartet
- Available December 6: Rudolf’s Tale visit website for more details.
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.
Pelham Art Center is now open for in-person classes and programs with strict COVID-19 guidelines. For more information about in-person proragmming, visit their website. There is still plenty do do virtually for kids, teens and adults. Here is a small sample for upcoming classes, events, and programs:
- Jan 26 – Mar 2, 2021 | Youth 6-9 | How to Draw Everything! – VIRTUAL
- Feb 1 – Mar 8, 2021 | Adult & Teen 14+| Stop Motion Animation – VIRTUAL
- Jan 29 – Mar 25, 2021 | Adult | Art, Healing, and Connection – VIRTUAL
- View past exhibitions here.
- Public Art: Revivival by Sarah Jimenez & Jason Schwartz | Nov 22, 2020 – Sept 30, 2021
- Opening Reception/Artist Talk: Thursday, December 10th @ 5PM on Zoom!
Meeting ID – 839 3498 7244
Password – 480442
- Opening Reception/Artist Talk: Thursday, December 10th @ 5PM on Zoom!
The Picture House The Picture House (Pelham, NY)—the oldest, continuously running movie theater in Westchester County— has served as a cultural center and community hub.
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 PGT produces diverse plays and musicals all year long. With Mainstage offerings that range from Shakespeare to Shrek, PThis season the all new PGT Virtual Stage is bringing you shows right your living room!
To learn more about Online and Hybrid classes and programs, visit the website.
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.
- Virtual Gallery Exhibit: Brigitte Loritz Retrospective | March 14, 2020 – December 31, 2020
- Seek Sanctuary Art Contest Winners and Gallery | On View
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.
- Dec. 5 | Alan Sklar reads “A Childs Christmas in Wales,” by Dylan Thomas and “The Gift of the Magi,” by O. Henry
- Dec. 12 | “A Tuna Christmas” by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard Jack Utrata and Nathaniel P. Claridad read 20 characters
- Dec. 19 | “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
- Jan. 2 | “This Wonderful Life” by Steve Murray, Frances Goodrich, Mark Setlock
- Jan. 9 | “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare
- Dec. 2 @ 6pm | Handsom Bill Kelly
- Dec. 9 @ 6pm | Joshua Garcia Live from the Music Hall Stage
- Dec. 12 @ 7pm | Tom Chapin & Chapin Sisters – Celebrating The Music Halls Birthday!
- Dec. 16 @ 6pm | Katya Grineva, Piano – Live from Woodstock FREE Holiday Livestream Concert
- Dec. 23 @ 6pm | Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Starts Celebrate Holiday Jazz! Livestream from Music Hall Stage
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.
- Dec. 12 @ 8pm | Cheers to 10 Years! A Tenth Anniversary Celebration. “Cheers To 10 Years” will include selected scenes from some of WCT’s most popular and highly acclaimed, previously staged productions, music sets by noted jazz artists KJ Denhert and Ingrid Jensen (both Ossining residents) and teasers of upcoming 2021 productions. WCT will also pay tribute to the late Joe Albert Lima, a revered theater professional and longtime WCT actor/writer/director member. Tickets to this live stream production are $25 and available here.
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. Sample of virtual programs below. For complete calendar of events and programs, click here.