Even in times of uncertainty and social distancing, art reminds us that there is strength (and enriching distraction) to be found in creativity. ArtServe, the Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit art incubator, is hosting a series of virtual events in April and May to connect the arts community and its supporters, even from a distance.
“The bright light in this crisis is being able to share our artists’ message of diversity, equality and inclusion through these virtual channels, here and abroad,” ArtServe Executive Director Craig Johnson explained. “The beauty of art is that it frees your mind to soar beyond conventional boundaries like the four walls surrounding us as we shelter in place. That can become a very frustrating experience and we are here to help with that.”
Audiences can connect to virtual events like “Meditation Mondays,” “Paint & Chat” discussions with artists, and Virtual Reality Art Workshops, and find updates on Facebook, Facebook Live, Zoom, and Instagram (@artservefla).
Virtual Event Directory:
Meditation Mondays: With stress levels soaring, viewers can relax and restore through mediation beginning at 10 a.m. on Mondays through May 18. Artist Alissa Christine will guide viewers through meditation and demonstrate her virtual reality artwork each week, encouraging focus on the energy centers of the corresponding chakras. To participate, click here.
#Trending Tuesdays: Emerging, experimental, and repertory work will take center stage, as artists perform and discuss their methods in this series, hosted at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Audiences will meet the artists working at the intersection of art and social impact.
Performer Spotlight: Insightful artist interviews about mediums like music and poetry will be posted for viewers to enjoy.
Art & Chat/Paint & Chat: Audiences will be treated to interviews and demonstrations by community artists who will demonstrate and discuss their unique techniques. Click here to participate in the following chats:
- Friday, April 24 (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.): Artist Lizzy Taber
- Wednesday, April 29 (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.): Artist Erin Bassett
- Wednesday, May 6 (1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.): Performing Artist Michelle Rose Domb
- Thursday, May 14 (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.): Filmmaker Dudley Alexis
- Sunday, May 17 (3 p.m. to 4 p.m.): Performing Artist Darius Daughtry
Panel Discussions/Forums: Tune in to the “Arts Publishers Panel Discussion” on Thursday, April 23, beginning at 3 p.m. Publishers from Sugarcane Magazine, ArtHive, and CultureOwl will discuss the state of the arts in cultural content.
Virtual Reality Arts Workshops: On Wednesday, April 22, join Global Tilt Brush Paint-Off Winner Alissa Christine as she paints live in virtual reality and shares how she blends the boundaries of art, wellness, and technology with her pioneering 3D light sculpture paintings. The workshop begins at 8 p.m.