ARTS EDUCATION RESOURCES
INTERACTIVE FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ONLINE – AT HOME, RIGHT NOW!
We believe that art can be created anywhere. During the months that we are not able to welcome your children into our homes – the Ware and Winter Centers, we want to invite them to enjoy visual and performing arts activities right in their own homes! Below, we have compiled a list of links to 17 of our favorite resources from around the nation offering free educational and fun creative activities. You may have discovered some of these on your own already, but we hope they’ll be some new ones here for your family to explore. And please email Barry at Barry.Kornhauser@milllersville.edu to let us know of any we’ve missed that you feel worthy of sharing and we’ll add them to the list.
SEADAE (the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education) has on its website an amazing compendium/resource directory covering all of the arts.
The New Victory, New York City’s premier nonprofit performing arts theater, is devoted year-round to presenting world-class performing arts designed specifically for children and youth. (Our FFF program has presented some of the same artists as the New Vic.) The New Victory Arts Breaks are bite-sized activities combining education, play, and creativity. Each is combined with short video clips from related performances. There are new Art Breaks featured each week and past week offerings are archived and available to enjoy. Suggested age ranges for each are noted.
Creative Generation has produced Keep Making Art to guide young people in “making art to share our stories, inspire each other, and bring back hope to humanity.”
The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs provides Art & Educational Resources for Kids and Teens at home during during Covid-19.
Lincoln Center at Home offers activities and performances for all ages in a variety of genres. Sonia De Los Santos from our 2018-19 FFF season is one of the many featured artists here.
More of Sonia’s music & activities can be found at Sonia de los Santos Music.
Lincoln Center’s Big Umbrella Festival has released a free video of Up And Away, an immersive performance for everyone, designed with young people on the autism spectrum in mind. This is a creation of NYC’s Trusty Sidekick Theater Company.
Trusty Sidekick is also pleased to offer FREE streaming of its archival videos for your family to enjoy. For ages 2 and up.
You’ll find 27 (Visual) Art Activities & Lessons to Try at Home and links to other classes here at The Art of Education University website.
From the San Francisco Bay Area Children’s Theatre comes Creativity Corner, an online “Playborhood” offering 5-minute interactive episodes twice weekly.
In conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center, author/illustrator Mo Willum’s presents Mo Willum Lunch Doodles.
The Gottabees is a small Boston theatre doing some very sweet and charming work for the whole family. Artistic leader Bonnie Duncan has created Try This At Home, offering simple brief theatre games demonstrated by her own young family. As its website notes: “The Gottabees want children to know in their hearts that they, too, can make theater wherever they are and whomever they are.”
American Ballet Theatre offers a Virtual Dance Class for Children. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Art In Action’s website includes online Free Lessons for all age groups, virtual tours of cultural sites, and more at-home arts opportunities.
Fun theater and improvisation games to play with the family come from Bethesda, Maryland’s Imagination Stage’s From Our Classroom To Your Living Room program.
Remote Learning Using Artsonia provides video instruction for 10-15 visual arts projects not requiring any “fancy” supplies.
We also highly recommend the Coronavirus Toolkit assembled by Young Audiences of Houston. It includes the following sections and more:
- For Parents – Learning from Home Resources
- Learning at home for Kids with Special Needs
- Livestreamed and Virtual Arts Experiences
- Managing Stress, Grief, and Traum
Millersville University’s Office of Visual and Performing Arts aims to support faculty members in their teaching and to enrich the classroom experience. Whether it’s offering experiential learning with curriculum-based arts in the community or inviting artists to speak to classes about politics, family, or cultural exchange, we are committed to supporting the academic mission of Millersville University through the power of the arts. We also hope to foster connections between MU classes and visiting artists. If you haven’t already discovered the breadth and variety of performances at our two performing and visual arts centers, we strongly encourage you to take full advantage of our world-class music, theater and dance engagements as an educational tool for Millersville University students.