With the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) closing ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks’ and Banana Factory venues through March, the Bethlehem nonprofit has launched online concerts, movie talks, “Toddler Storytimes” and “Improvised Standup.”
“Over the past week, our staff has been busy working on ways that we can continue to bring the arts and live programming into everyone’s homes,” said ArtsQuest Chief Programming Officer Patrick Brogan.
“Our goal with ArtsQuest@Home is to help keep people tied to their communities.
“Music and art have the amazing ability to elevate the spirit and bring people together, and that’s something that’s really important right now, even if we can’t all be in the same place at the same time,” Brogan said.
Starting March 20, ArtsQuest is providing links to live streaming concerts of artists who have performed at Musikfest and-or SteelStacks, including Low Cut Connie, Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn.
“Live Movie Talks” topics range from content on streaming platforms to critiques of recent movie releases.
Addyson Teal hosts “Improvised Standup,” with each episode featuring local and regional comedians. Viewers may offer topics for jokes that comedians, streaming from their homes, will make up on the spot. The first episode was March 21.
ArtsQuest Senior Director of Visual Arts and Education Lisa Harms will offer Facebook Live presentations of “Toddler Storytime,” ArtsQuest’s education program. Harms will read children’s and family books, geared for children ages 2-5.
Other highlights of ArtsQuest@Home include Spotify playlists of Musikfest and other artists created by ArtsQuest staff, digital exhibitions of ArtsQuest exhibits and programming offered by arts and cultural organizations from around the nation.