Customized Arts Experiences for Schools and Communities

  • December 18, 2020

The first half of the 2020-2021 season/school year has been a time of unusual circumstances and unexpected challenges – but also a time of creative solutions and bold new endeavors.

It’s exciting to brainstorm with our program presenters and to work with our artists to develop new means of connecting with audiences. In many ways, the program planning process is the same as it’s always been – considering art forms, cultures, and traditions to highlight, thinking about curriculum connections, navigating budgets, and working through programming goals. With many schools and communities now looking to schedule virtual programming, there are new possibilities to explore.

Most of our artists are now able to offer virtual performances and workshops, which can be presented on a variety of digital platforms. These programs can be livestreamed, pre-recorded, or presented as a hybrid, with live hosting and discussion combined with prerecorded segments. Artists are able to take advantage of the virtual format to create a multimedia approach with photos, videos, or song lyrics displayed onscreen, and can use multiple cameras to show instruments or dancers’ feet close-up. Artists who are normally restricted by tour dates can schedule programs year-round, and pre-recorded segments with larger ensembles can be included in performances. Larger audience sizes can be accommodated with a single performance, in order to fit scheduling constraints or limited budgets, and programs can be adapted to accommodate a variety of types of interaction.

We’ve received wonderful feedback from our school and community partners about the virtual performances and workshops led by our artists this fall:

¡Mucha Música! – A musical journey to Latin America

I wanted to thank you again for helping to plan the virtual assemblies at Springhill Lake with Cantaré. I am receiving great feedback from students and teachers – Cecilia was excellent and really engaged the students both with the live and pre-recorded portions.

– Teacher & Arts Integration Coordinator, Springhill Lake Elementary School, Prince George’s County Public Schools

Dovie Thomason 
Storytelling with Artist Q&A

Dear Dovie, Thank you for coming to visit our class… We learned a lot about telling stories…
That feedback was really helpful because now when it is our turn to tell a story of our creation we will have all these good tips. I really was taken in with your story. It also showed me what your culture values, and your perspective on different things.

– 5th grade student, Capitol Hill Day School

Christylez Bacon
Human Beatbox

THANK YOU for an amazing set of performances! One of the school admins tuned in and emailed me to say this was EXACTLY what the students and teachers need right now.

– PTA Cultural Arts, Ashburton Elementary School, Montgomery County Public Schools

Step Afrika!
Residency with 4th & 5th grade music students

It was very fun overall… I really liked learning how to do it and I showed my family what I did after. It was spectacular!

– Student, Arlington Traditional School, Arlington Public Schools

These are just a few examples of the impact our artists can have through virtual programs. As we move further into the year, we welcome the chance to talk about new ways to help you bring educational arts experiences to your community. Contact us to explore the possibilities!

Artivate is grateful to our many supporters who help keep our lights burning – we could not do it without you.  A donation to Artivate will make a difference to many artists and communities as we adapt to the new “normal,” moving our programming to virtual stages while keeping a watchful, ready eye towards the future and the reopening of our communities.