By Merry Austin
Art is a way to communicate directly to the heart. This can be done through illustration, writing, painting, performances, music, ANYTHING that requires creativity. People turn to creating as they navigate their own lives to help others feel less alone. (Think of how many breakup songs there are.) Art can bring people together and help them to recognize we all feel the same emotions. We may not have the same experiences, but we all have feelings whether we admit it or not. Art reminds us that there is still beauty in the world and to look for those moments around us. Historically, people turn to art to help them through difficult times. Think of a couple major events for a moment and you may start to recognize the hope that rose from the ashes of grief.
COVID-19 is no different. People are home with their emotions and are turning towards creating to help them express what they’re feeling. Art festivals and concerts are continuing to happen – virtually. Here are some events and local resources, currently available in the Columbus area to help you remain connected through this time of uncertainty.
Read, dance and sing! Storytelling is the basis of all art.
April 7, 9:30-10am via FB Live
Free Painting Class via Kimberly’s Creations
It’s like wine & canvas – at home! The class is free, but you are responsible for your own supplies.
April 9, 11am-12pm
Worthington Library Game Night
Play along from the comfort of your home!
April 9, 6:30-8pm via FB Live
Columbus Speaks: Personal Narratives
A storytelling event for Columbus locals to share their experiences.
April 9, 7:30-9:30pm
Virtual Cooking Class
Purchase class tickets to receive a personal shopping list.
April 10, 6:00-7:15pm
Virtual Red Thread Opening at 934 Studio
Join artist Emma Brown for the opening reception of her exhibition
April 11, 1-2pm via FB Live
CCAD Virtual Art Fair
CCAD will be hosting their 2020 Spring Art Fair via their website. You will be able to purchase works through the hosting page. Spend at least $50 to be entered to win a gift card to their professional studies programs!
April 10, 5pm through April 12, 11:59pm
CCAD MFA 2020 Thesis Exhibition
CCAD will be hosting their 2020 MFA exhibition via their website.
April 14-15, 2020
Ohio Dance Festival: VIRTUAL
They will be streaming their conference and festival via FB Live.
April 24-26, 2020
Local Virtual Concerts via Columbus Alive
Updated each Wednesday, Columbus Alive puts together a roundup of who/where to stream for your weekly live music fix.
Join the city of Worthington’s Parks and Recreation Department through a series of live streams. They’re offering mindfulness, crafts, exercise and more!
Virtual Painting Classes with Studio 614
Check their website to see upcoming class date & topics! Streamed via FB Live. *You are responsible for your own supplies*
Offstage LIVE Series with Jazz Arts Group
Streaming 3 times a week from their FB page, get to know local musicians off the stage!
The Nest Theatre: Virtual Live Shows
We all need comedy right now! The Nest is keeping a calendar of live events via their FB page
Wexner Center for the Arts is hosting a daily stream via their blog on a variety of topics.
Pinot’s Palette Painting Classes
Purchase tickets, and curbside pickup all your needed supplies!
Gateway Film Center New Releases
For a lowered ticket price, stream or rent new releases.
Daily Doodle Videos
Not local, but a great resource from the Kennedy Center for a lunchtime creative break for you or your kids!
WexArts: Film and Video Series
Stream independent films and video that are usually shown in “The Box”
COSI Digital Doorway
Daily lessons & activities Updated each day with a new lesson and coordinating activities!
Franklin Park Conservatory: Online Exhibits
Explore the conservatory through virtual tours.
Columbus Dance Center Videos
Watch previous performances via the CDC Youtube channel.
Ohio Craft Museum Virtual Tour
A 3D exploration experience almost makes you forget you’re on your couch!
Riffe Gallery: Past Exhibitions
Browse previous exhibits and art pieces
Songs at the Center: Full episodes
Stream previously recorded episodes!
Roy G Biv Gallery: Past Exhibitions
Learn more about the experiences and inspired art behind previous exhibits.
Ohio History Museum: Learn at Home
Explore the history of Ohio from home.