Welcome Back!

  • September 30, 2021

Artivate artists have spent the last year exploring new ways to provide programming during the pandemic, discussing best options for providing engaging programs to schools and communities via virtual platforms or through careful adaptations to accommodate safety procedures and physical distancing.

Many artists can provide virtual performances and workshops, which can be presented on a variety of digital platforms. These programs include opportunities for interaction and are typically either live-streamed or presented as a blend of live hosting/discussion with prerecorded segments. Artists may add multimedia elements, like images or song lyrics displayed on-screen, or use multiple cameras to show instruments or dancers’ feet close-up. Larger audience sizes can be accommodated with a single performance to fit scheduling constraints or limited budgets, and programs can be adapted to accommodate a variety of types of interaction.

When traditional, in-person experiences are possible – whether indoors or outdoors – artists can modify workshops and performances to accommodate new guidelines and protocols. Virtual programming can be a good back-up option, in case plans change.

Contact us with questions about the possibilities at info@goartivate.org  or complete the Request a Program form on our website and we’ll contact you!


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.

We’re excited to brainstorm with you, to find an artist and program that best suits your needs while helping to navigate expectations, objectives, logistical challenges, and scheduling concerns. We can guide you to artists who can customize a performance or workshop that will enhance teachers’ curriculum, promote cultural learning, or provide something for families to enjoy together.

Contact us to get started at info@goartivate.org or complete the Request a Program form on our website and we’ll contact you!

We’ve received wonderful feedback from our school and community partners about recent performances and workshops led by our artists:

Anansegro of Ghana – outdoor performance of A Visit to Kofi’s Village for ages 4-7:

“This was an amazing presentation! He not only had the children’s undivided attention the entire time, but also the teachers! He was great at his job and I would recommend this to anyone! Great experience!”
– Teacher, Montessori of Chantilly – Casa dei Bambini, Dulles, VA

Cantaré – virtual performances of ¡Mucha Música! – A musical journey to Latin America for grades K-5:

“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 – virtual performance of Lessons from the Animal People performance for young children & their families:

“Dovie Thomason did a wonderful job engaging a group of toddlers and their families… Simply through voice and gestures, she was able to convey a sense of time and place, bringing the characters and stories to life. Participants stayed at the virtual meeting for one hour, which is proof of how engaging and interactive the event was.”
– Youth Programs Coordinator, City of Hyattsville, Prince George’s County, MD

Step Afrika! – virtual workshop series for grades 2-5:

“I thought it was great… engaging and energetic. They built up the skills in a way that made it accessible. They connected three values too, which I think were commitment, discipline and teamwork. I was able to use the terms later in class! Also, my students were able to use some of the moves to create their own routines yesterday at morning meeting.”
– 3rd grade teacher, Alexandria Country Day School, Alexandria, VA

They were amazing. The kids had so much fun. Many of the kids were happy to have representation of dance style and music that they listen to and perform/watch. Very engaging.”
– 4th grade teacher, Alexandria Country Day School, Alexandria, VA


Our brochure has always been a great way to look through artists and programs at-a-glance, and right now, you can download and share our 2020-2021 electronic brochure with handy interactive features. Embedded links bring you straight to our website for in-depth information about program planning, funding, and logistics, and directly to artists’ pages for program options, photos, biographies, and testimonials.

A NEW updated brochure is on its way this fall – look for updates on Facebook or Instagram!