Virtual Experiences in Visual & Performing Arts
Maryland is home to a number of important and unique museums, art and artists, and performers and much of the work can be viewed on-line.
Maryland's many cultural institutions, organizations and groups are well-known for their creative vision. Now, these visionaries have moved on-line to bring visual and performing arts into your home. Below you will find examples of programs you and your family may find exciting, comforting, thought-provoking, fun or downright quirky. Most are free; some require registration. Enjoy.
Walters Art Museum has an impressively extensive digital collection complete with fun activities and talks.
Coloring pages are an amazing way to discover the collection and you can post your masterpieces to your social channels (please tag the Walters).
Look at Art, Make Art is a weekly #MuseumFromHome series produced by the Walters Art Museum. See a work of art from the collection, and create a DIY inspired by it..
Baltimore Museum of Art can be visited on-line and in detail, with exciting artist interviews and more.
BMA Facebook page is updated frequently with many more insightful programs.
BMA Stories is a place for sharing stories about art. Read what artists and curators are saying, and even add your thoughts.
American Visionary Art Museum offers quirky projects using items from around the home to make art. Learn to make crayon critters and sock monkeys.
Logan Visionary Conference Video Library features world-class experts expressing big ideas in plain language. Physicist John Mather, Nobel Laureate (proved the Big Bang Theory) is one such speaker.
Open Walls Baltimore takes a journey through Baltimore's neighborhoods via intriguing wall murals as street artists create and beautify one wall at a time.
Share your creation online. Tag @WashingtonCountyMuseumofFineArts on Facebook and @WCMFA on Instagram. Hashtag #ARTaDayChallenge.
Virtual Delaplaine in Frederick brings visual arts to your home, because they believe "Everyone Deserves Art." Find on-line exhibits, and projects for artists of any age.
Shelter Online is a virtual (and timely) exhibit offered by Kent County's Massoni Art . This is their first online exhibition and the subject could not be more relevant.
Maryland's home for independent music programming says "the show must go on," so they added relevant programs to their line-up. WTMD offers the extra-creative “Home School,” which airs weekdays in the 10am hour, when midday host Sam Gallant calls class to session and as “Professor” Sam, introduces a set of music about topics such as math, geography, science, biology. How cool is that? But there is so much more that is new and exciting at WTMD these days.
Read more about how WTMD has responded to the challenge of Covid-19.
The Mainstay in Kent County lives up to its motto, "Home of Musical Magic," with live (or to stream later) music free to all.
Leonardtown Virtual Programming includes classes, demos, workshops and original shows. The Leonardtown Virtual Artist Showcase, Learn and Share Series and A&E Feature Presentations, provide engaging, online content, mostly FREE, with reservations required for select special events.
Strathmore Performances resume and you can check Strathmore's Facebook Page for the schedule. Enjoy live streamed concerts in multiple genres— some are straight from the living rooms of the area's best musicians. Many concerts are bite-sized (about 20 minutes ) and feature one of Strathmore’s Artists in Residence.
Not exactly virtual, but definitely not business as usual, Maryland Hall offers drive-in performances. Or watch Arts Alive! Livestream or sign up for one of the many classes and workshops. The calming and engaging power of the arts shines with the Maryland Hall @ Home activities. New opportunities are added regularly so keep checking back! Maryland Hall brings the creative arts to you, so check back often.
Banneker-Douglass Museum's online collection provides more than 12,000 curated archival records, books, maps, photographs, and artwork.
Explore artifacts and journals donated by Arctic explorer Herbert M. Frisby; photographs, equipment, and personal effects of photographer Thomas Baden; medical instruments and artifacts from the 1920s through the 1950s; West African sculpture and utilitarian objects; works by Black Maryland artists, including Joyce Scott, Nathaniel Gibbs, Hughie Lee-Smith, and more. Visit Collections Database.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s “Artists at Home” series was created so audience members can still enjoy the season but from home. The upcoming season is anticipating offering performances and on-line.
The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery is a hidden treasure in historic Annapolis. Set on the St. John's College Campus, The Gallery hosts an array of exhibitions and programs annually. Past shows have featured Shakespeare’s First Folio, artists such as Bruegel, Rembrandt, Matisse, Miro, Rodin, and Warhol, and
centuries-old illuminated manuscripts. Others have highlighted unique historical and artistic offerings of the Annapolis area and of the people of North America.
The Gallery has pivoted to on-line tours and fascinating interviews.
Maryland State Arts Council lists arts-related organizations offering virtual events and content.