Well, it seems like we’re in this for a while, friends so to make sure we work together as a society and ‘flatten the curve’ of the novel coronavirus, we’ve been asked to limit our social interactions and to utilize social-distancing. But luckily, it’s 2020 – and we have the internet to help us feel connected to others with the benefit of online tools and resources.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation rounded up a list of resources for engaging in the arts during the COVID-19 crisis. We’ll get through this together.

Family-Friendly:

Here’s a list of children’s authors creating online videos reading books and enjoying other family-friendly activities.

We’ve also enjoyed watching Mo Willems’ Lunch Doodles, the popular children’s author posts daily videos from his home studio.

Hyperallergic.com just posted this article about dozens of museums and libraries that offer free downloadable coloring books.

This warms our hearts: For as long as schools are closed, Audible.com is providing stories in six different languages for kids around the globe – for free. Begin listening and streaming your favorite books today.

For our Colorado families – Denver Arts & Venues is actively creating ways for you and your family to enjoy programs remotely – enjoy these online suggestions and activities.

Rocky Mountain PBS is making sure that kids’ minds stay sharped, focused – and entertained – while school is closed. Download the PBS Kids App for 24/7 programming.

This will make Denver parents happy. The Denver Art Museum is updating their resource page for learning and educational tools from lesson plans to creative writing and more.

Music & Theatre:

Want to go to the opera? Vulture.com just posted this great article on where you can enjoy the opera – and how to stream it for free.

Music is definitely helping us through the pandemic. Check out NPR’s Music Live Sessions, which aggregates live in-studio video sessions from radio stations around America.

Black Actors Guild and We Are Denver are assembling an online video library of work by artists, musicians and other creatives stuck inside because of the coronavirus outbreak. Enjoy a live stream and podcasts here.

Arts-Focused:

Interested in learning something new? Here’s 10 university art classes you can take for free online.

If you’re worried about creative blocks during the COVID-19 crisis, these 5 online art challenges will help keep your juices flowing.

Take a stroll through the colorful streets of the Mile High City – 303 Magazine in Denver has a great virtual tour of street art on their website.

Museums & Cultural Venues:

You don’t need to remember to pack the camera for these trips. Make a cup of hot tea, curl up with the kiddos and enjoy these 12 museum tours from around the world – all online from travelandleisure.com.

The Smithsonian is offering room-by-room virtual tours of their exhibits. So instead of wearing comfy shoes like you’d normally do when you visit in-person, you can now put on your Christmas pajamas you got last year to enjoy the wonders of The Smithsonian from home.

Did we miss another great way to engage in the arts during the COVID-19 crisis? Email us and we’ll make sure to add it.

Resources for artists and arts organizations during COVID-19 crisis

We have been closely monitoring the massive impact of this public health crisis on our community, the cultural sector, and the world. On Monday, March 16, we announced emergency funding to assist Denver cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. 

Visit our blog page where we’re consistently adding new links and resources for artists and arts organizations locally and nationally – from other funding initiatives and more.