Because of the unprecedented times due to the coronavirus pandemic, people have a hard time figuring out ways to still enjoy the arts and entertainment even without live-action entertainment. Listed below are some opportunities students can still participate in to enjoy the arts and entertainment during this time of social distancing:
Virtual art galleries
Because art museums are currently closed or at limited capacity, virtual galleries on museum websites have made it possible for people anywhere in the world to view these galleries. Not only is this helpful for maintaining social distancing, but it has also made it possible for people in the U.S. to “visit” museums such as the J. Paul Getty museum, The Lourve in Paris, and the Vatican museums in Rome, Italy. Google corporation has partnered with the J.Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles to create online images of their paintings for people to view at home. Visit www.artsandculture.google.com to view.
A way to still enjoy movies outside of your living room, drive-in movies are a great alternative to movie theaters, finding safety inside your vehicles. Recently, drive-in movies have been scarce due to the increase of movie theaters. However, numerous locations have opened up to make it possible to see movies once again. The Mann Music Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has started showing classic movies over the weekend.
Watch the movies and television shows you “never got around to.”
The majority of people have those movies and shows that every time they pass them on a streaming platform, we say “I’ve always wanted to see that movie,” but still continue to scroll past it to “save it for later.” Now is that time. People are in their homes now more than ever. To start, make a bucket list of all the shows and movies you’ve been wanting to see and start checking them off.
Order a paint-by-number kit or host a paint night with a few close friends (at a safe distance)
If you’re feeling a little creatively blocked, stressed with schoolwork, or just simply bored, painting is a great way to relax and get creative. Paint-by-number kits are good for when you’re too lazy to paint from scratch. Even if you’re not the most artistic person, you can still successfully paint them.
Get a BroadwayHD subscription
Since people cannot attend live theater performances, BroadwayHD subscription service is offering numerous Broadway musicals to stream from homes. Notable musicals include: “Kinky Boots,” “Cats,” “Billy Elliot The Musical” and many more. Students can get a seven-day free trial or pay $8.99/month or $99.99/year.
Just because we cannot physically attend events doesn’t mean we have to stop enjoying and appreciating the arts. The art community is still alive and well, so get out there and enjoy some socially distanced entertainment.