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United Arts Council

Creative Social Distancing

While we are all practicing social distancing at this time, there are still ways to be creative and enjoy the arts. Many of our artists and arts organizations are creating online opportunities for all ages to enjoy during this time.  As we receive them, we will post them here.

Here are a few ways to practice creative social distancing: 

Trent Arterberry: How to be a Mime Lesson 1

An introductory workshop in mime technique for intermediate students

Artspace: Online Resources

Online gallery tour, art classes, and more!

Arts Together: Instructional Videos

Creative and thoughtful online instructional videos for students

Jeannette Brossart: Mosaic Designs at Home

Free videos on making mosaics from materials on hand, for elementary school students

Burning Coal Theatre: Into the Fire Podcast Series

Interviews with local theatre leaders about the current crisis

Carolina Ballet: Past Performances

Free online past performances, a different one each week

Carolina Ballet: Live Ballet Classes 

On their Instagram @carolinaballet

ComMotion: Online Dance Class for Seniors

Dance and movement classes for people of all ages and abilities. Wellness and Movement videos are fun, upbeat routines for individuals or groups. You can dance standing up or sitting down!

ComMotion: Online Latin Dance Classes for Cancer Survivors

Upbeat video lessons, 10-20 minutes long, great way for survivors and their family members to stay active and have fun.

ComMotion: Online Dance Classes for Children

Use the link to see sneak previews of their classes, then email [email protected] to enroll in full-length workshops  

Drum for Change: Drum Rental and Lessons

Lease and Learn: Drum delivered to your home and twice-weekly online lessons

Glass Haarp Music/Brian Engel: Concerts on the Glass Harp

Physics of sound demonstrations with a LIVE format offering for Google Meet or with your platform of choice

Mimi Herman: Learn at Home

Weekly hands-on arts-integrated online workshops for students, families and teachers, ages 8 – adult

Mimi Herman: Writing Workshops at Home

Weekly online writing workshops with fiction, poetry, and memoir classes, for ages 16-adult

Indigo Bollywood Dance Academy: Dance Lessons

Online Lessons in costume with Cultural Fun Facts for school-age children, email [email protected] for more information

Sheila Kerrigan: Learn to Juggle Scarves!

Free video on how to juggle with scarves or other household items

La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quintet: Videos of Past Performances

“Armando's Rhumba,” “Sunny Salsa,” and  “Tom Thumb”  

Living Rhythms: Online African Drumming 

Learn African drumming for children using pots and pans at home

Kelly Starling Lyons: Activity Guides for her Children's Books

Discussion and activity guides for over 15 of the author's children's books with fun printables for kids

Dave McDonald: Quaran-toons

FREE "How to Draw Cartoons" videos for kids, uploaded each weekday afternoon

Moscow Nights with Golden Gates: Educational and entertaining Cultural Program

Learn about instruments, country, geography, history. Virtual Travel the world. Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Lithuania, Belarus and more…

Shannon Newby/Kid Lab: Online S.T.E.M. Labs

Free online videos labs featuring science and art

NC Museum of Art: NCMA Learn

Videos that explore art and artists with lesson plans for students

NC Symphony: Education Concert

Watch the digital broadcast of the education concert for students and learn what makes music, music

Charles Pettee: Charles Pettee: The Lollipop Song

"The Lollipop Tree" performed with mandolin, a free video/sing-along song best suited for grades K-2

Charles Pettee: Song from Artists in School Program

A fun free song from an elementary school show. Follow this Youtube channel for more songs and FREEE mandolin lessons coming soon!

Charles Pettee:  Song from Artists in Schools Program

Offered "just to share a smile at this time"

Anna Podris and Keith Norval: Drawing Lessons

Free 30 minute drawing lessons through Zoom – Email [email protected] if interested

Raleigh Little Theatre: Online Adult Classes

Acting classes and week-long intensives for adults

Raleigh Little Theatre: Online Youth Classes 

Enjoy drama and theatre classes for ages 4yrs – 8th grade

The Story Ship/Sean Driscoll: Story Ship Podcast

Stories written and performed by kids and professionally produced

A Telling Experience: Stories for You

Offering teachers custom storytelling combined with follow-up activities & crafts designed to support their online coursework

Women's Theatre Festival: Virtual Plays Club

Virtual, staged readings and regular discussions of dynamic plays by women

Donna Washington: Virtual Storytelling Shows

Virtual live and prerecorded storytelling shows for all grades K-12. Also online storytelling residency for 4th – 6th grades

Donna Washington: Watch a Story

Free videos of stories told by Donna Washington






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