A continuing series about awesome social distance activities in DC to keep you entertained during the outbreak and inspired to keep daydreaming about your next adventure in the Nation's capital.
More and more activities in DC are popping up on the virtual landscape as DC's museums and theatres adjust to the "new normal" that has us self-isolating at home.
We've curated eight of the latest virtual events that will feed your arts and culture curiosity. With so many new and creative ways to explore DC, you'll need a strong WiFi connection to keep up with all the digital cultural experiences!
Tune in to National Air and Space Museum’s Live Chat Series
Make sure to check this space for daily live chats hosted by the National Air and Space Museum. Topics have included the future of transportation, the sun, Afrofuturism and animals in space.
Learn to Draw with the National Portrait Gallery
Check out Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s Instagram, every Thursday at 11am, to learn how to draw figures and bodies with artist Jill Galloway
National Gallery of Art's Degas at the Opéra Virtual Tour
The Degas at the Opera exhibit at the National Gallery of Art was open just two weeks before its temporary closure. But you can explore the first exhibit to explore Degas' fascination with the opera through a virtual tour allows you to explore each room of the exhibition which features audio and video clips and the ability to ready wall text. You can also follow their Instragram account for a daily behi“Tours” include close-up images of the paintings, brief descriptions and curator comments.
Black Artists and European Modernists at the Phillips
“Riffs and Relations,” the newest exhibit at the Phillips Collection had to close shortly after it opened. The exhibition explores the dynamic between black visual artists and white European modernists in the 20th and 21st centuries. Click over to YouTube for an eight-part video series featuring a tour of the exhibition and stories about key artists. You can also learn about one of the gems of its permanent collection, Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series,” here.
National Museum of Women in the Arts Goes Digital
National Museum of Women in the Arts has transformed its real-life exhibits into an expansive catalog of online content. Explore its two ground-breaking exhibits -- Graciela Iturbide's "Mexico" and Delita Martin's "Calling Down the Spirits" -- through audio commentaries, playlists, and blogs. Plus, browse their online collection of 200+ works of art by women artists, high-resolution arts through Google Arts & Culture, and enjoy a copy of Women in the Arts Magazine, usually only available to members. And they post about women artists every day on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Join Hirshhorn on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, to connect with museum curators to tour collections through keen insights and observations. They also issue creative challenges that you to sketch, mold, look closely, and discover your inner-artist, or that of your kids. The Hirshhorn's YouTube channel is a robust collection of artist talks and intimate exhibit tours of past and current installations.
Play at Home with Woolly Mammoth
There's a saying that all the world's a stage. In this case, the stage is your living room floor! Woolly Mammoth, along with several other theatres, joined together and commissioned multiple playwrights to write a series of ten-minute plays that can be downloaded and performed by anyone--at home.
National Geographic's "Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” Virtual Exhibit
The story of Dr. Jane Goodall—DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace—is a story of extraordinary scientific achievement and inspiration. “Becoming Jane,” showcases Dr. Goodall’s life and legacy. You’ll explore Dr. Goodall’s early years through iconic images and a multiscreen experience and venture on a 3D exploration of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park where she did her famous behavioral research on chimps. You’ll also see a life-size hologram of Dr. Goodall, enter a replica of her research tent, and learn about her current role as a leader in community-centered conservation and youth empowerment.
Curious? There's more!
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it