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.
Vision 2020 celebrates women artists and includes provocative and exciting new work focusing on female creativity.
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.
Avam Coloring pages are downloadable and encourage young artists to create their own color stories.
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.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. WCMFA created
#ArtaDayChallenge that relate to work from the Museum. 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.
BSO Pulse Rewind, the popular BSO series, has partnered with WTMD Radio to present concerts on Wednesdays at 7pm from May 27 through July 1. The performances can be heard on 89.7 FM or streamed live through WTMD's website WTMD.org/radio, the WTMD app and smart speakers. BSO Pulse pairs prominent indie and alternative artists with the Orchestra, exploring musical connections across genres. Collaborations included a variety of artists including Lake Street Dive, Valerie June, Moon Taxi, Dr. Dog and more.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Off-Stage offers new on-line experiences all week such as Classical Insights and Off the Cuff podcasts, Facebook Live Performances and intimate conversations with experts.
In addition to partnering with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with BSO's Pulse Rewind, Maryland's home for independent music programming says "the show must go on," so they added virtual concerts and other relevant programs to their line-up. (Yes, we do know this is radio, but WTMD has ventured outside you know).
WTMD's First Thursday Festival series, usually live in Canton, is now VIRTUAL. WTMD's children's music livestream concert, Saturday Morning Tunes, is a welcome change for a family that enjoys sharing music but wants (needs?) something a little different.
WTMD creates programming to match this unique time including “Cabin Fever Concerts,” and 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? 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.
The Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown provides performances by talented performers. Join the stream at facebook.com/garfieldcenterforthearts. Once you have "liked" and followed their Facebook page, you will receive a notification in Facebook when the stream begins.
Leonardtown Virtual Programming will include classes, demos, workshops and original shows. Three new series, The Leonardtown Virtual Artist Showcase, The Leonardtown Learn and Share Series and Leonardtown A&E Feature Presentations, will provide engaging, online content, mostly FREE, with reservations required for select special events.
Strathmore Performances resume Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm on Strathmore's Facebook Page. Enjoy a special series of live streamed concerts in multiple genres— straight from the living rooms of the area's best musicians. Concerts are bite-sized (about 20 minutes ) and feature one of Strathmore’s Artists in Residence.
Center Stage offers special performances of "Where We Stand." Also programs such as "Camp at Home," " Open for Storytelling" and the new national program for these times: "Play at Home."
Before July 4, 2020...and After
Not exactly virtual, but definitely not business as usual, Maryland Hall plans to begin offering drive-in movies and performances in its parking lot for up to 50 cars at a time. It could be a movie and a stage reading and/or a string quartet. Maryland Hall will partner with the Annapolis Film Festival to secure the movies. In time, Maryland Hall hopes to take its movies on the road to various communities around town.
In addition, Maryland Hall has plans to bring 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.
Ballet Theatre of Maryland continues to bring its performances to the community. Videos will be added to our Youtube channel every Friday. Be sure to Like and Subscribe here.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s “Artists at Home” series was created so audience members can still enjoy the season but from home. For info, visit....
“Armchair Virtual Tours” and digital presentations features the “American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection,” which contains 44 pieces of American Indian art spanning nearly two millenniums. To see the virtual presentations, visit the Mitchell Gallery’s Facebook or Instagram page.
With objects including sculptures, paintings, drawings, basketry, textiles, ceramics, and other media, the exhibition represents the varying aesthetic traditions of North America’s native peoples.
Through Aug 31, 2020
Virtual Awards Ceremony: July 25, 2020 at 7pm
The prestigious Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize continues. Visit the Virtual Finalists’ Exhibition for the 15th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize featuring the six 2020 finalists. The exhibition is presented on Kunstmatrix, an online platform that allows for publicly viewable digital galleries that simulate the setup of three-dimensional galleries.
Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize 2020 Finalists:
- Miguel Braceli
- Hoesy Corona
- Phylicia Ghee
- Muriel Hasbun
- LaToya M. Hobbs
- strikeWare (Mollye Bendell, Jeffrey Gangwisch, and Christopher Kojzar)
The awards ceremony takes place virtually on BOPA's YouTube page. This special evening is always a highlight for the Baltimore arts community. Join BOPA, jurors, and the six finalists for the big reveal of the $25,000 prize winner on July 25, 2020 at 7pm.
Maryland State Arts Council lists arts-related organizations offering virtual events and content.