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Calgary & Alberta COVID-19 Virtual Programs

Updated: Jun 3, 2020

Difficult times such as the one unfolding around us call for innovative solutions, and we in the arts are especially equipped to find opportunities in a challenge. We have only to look online to see that almost overnight, arts companies and artists are pivoting to continue to fulfill their missions and visions in this unprecedented reality. If you are developing or presenting special COVID 19 online content or programs, please let us know and we will help you get the word out! #supportlocalarts

This list is now a permanent page on our website - see the updated list here:


Sparq Productions Facebook Live Online Movement Classes With all the stress surrounding the Corona virus and families together at home, we would like to take this opportunity and add a little SPARQ(k) to your day! It's so heartwarming to see people trying to help and support in some way or the other. We, on our part, would like to spend a little time with you and try and make that time an ABSOLUTE FUN time! We will be doing a 30 minute online Bollywood dance class, headed by VISHAL. We will be doing a live dance class every Wedneshday and Saturday at 6pm on our official CALGARY MOVES page here. Lets just let loose and dance to some BOLLYWOOD music, get those hips moving, feet tapping and those hands up in the air! MUST HAVE: SMILES & SOME GREAT ENERGY

Untold Physical Theatre Creative Distancing In response to the current conditions of our arts community as a result of COVID-19, we have created Creative Distancing, an online forum for sharing ideas and works in progress. It is our hope that, through this clusterf*ck of a time, Creative Distancing can connect us in isolation, and inspire us amidst show cancellations, job loss, and bleak days. Email to get involved!

Quest Theatre Creative Video Series We know that #SelfIsolating can get old pretty quickly. Especially if you are young and full of energy! So here at Quest we are making online programming to keep your family engaged, creative, and whimsical! We can’t wait to see what you create!

Momo Movement Instagram Live Mixed Ability Dance Classes Guess what folks! This Thursday, March 19th from 12 to 1230 PM catch Momo Movement streaming live on instagram. You will learn a seated creative movement, burlesque with

@evaangel86 and hip hop with @amybadry. We are all doing the best we can and we are excited to connect with you and stay moving in our homes. We will be accepting donations through canada helps!

Glenbow-From-Home Tours We think that a regular infusion of art and culture into our daily lives is great for everyone. While we are closed and all doing our part to slow the spread of coronavirus, please enjoy this deeper look into Glenbow. This first post was produced for our kid audience (parents please share). Go on a micro-tour with Glenbow educator, Cory Gross and learn the amazing true story of Cyclone, the horse that served as inspiration for Calgary artist Jeff de Boer’s Barbed Wire Bronco sculpture in the museum’s Mavericks gallery.

Handsome Alice: Facebook Live Storytime Series We see you and acknowledge you, parents & caretakers who have become instant teachers overnight. Here’s something to occupy your little ones while you get breakfast started! Catherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour, radical mother, theatre practitioner, award-winning author, and Artistic Director of b current. She is the author of two children’s books - I Promise and M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book and has been doing live Facebook streams of storytimes everyday at 10AM EST. BONUS: The great thing about live streams is that they’re recorded so you can watch the others back as well if you happen to miss them live.

Edmonton Artist Lorraine Shulba YouTube Art Class I have always wanted to offer a FREE online class - and now is the time to do it! Join me - EVERY DAY at 4:00 MST in an class featuring fun sketching, making art and also cool vids with me! They will be LIVE so join in - or click the link below - SUBSCRIBE & watch later! This is the power I feel I have now to connect and maybe help us not feel so alone...I know self isolation is what we need to do - but it's a hard time so lets reach out (virtually)!

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Live Stream Library Music can bring great comfort in times like this. Our concert hall may be closed, but our live-stream library is free and open to all. You’ll find it on our YouTube channel.

Esker Foundation Today we go back to 2018 and share some images and an audio interview by Esker alumna exhibiting artist Sarah Stevenson. Montreal-based artist Stevenson's exhibition "Nothing Hidden" was on view at Esker from 22 September to 21 December in 2018, we are excited to highlight again Stevenson's unforgettable exhibition and elegant work as her exhibition "Still Falling" at Trepanier Baer Gallery has unfortunately been paused. In lieu of seeing her beautiful works in person we share some installation views here. Take a look at our good friends Trepanier Baer gallery website and Sarah's extraordinary work.️ You can now listen to Sarah Stevenson talk about her work at Esker here.

Staying at home with your little learners? Now is the perfect time to read, sing, and play together. Join our librarian Allison as she reads “Read to Your Bunny," “Llama Llama Nighty-Night,” and sings "Eyes, Nose, Cheeky Cheeky, Chin.”

Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra and Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts Band Together Project Music keeps us sane. Music keeps us happy. There's only so much Netflix we can watch before we'll go nuts. In a bid to make the next few months a little more bearable, and to encourage live music acts to create some relevant and timely content, the Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts will be opening our stage FREE OF CHARGE to small ensembles who wish to livestream concerts. If we can get a different act every night, we'll open up the space every night. We have a piano, drum kit, amplifiers, and more. Contact us at (403) 255-9368 to book a night. Tune in Live on Facebook or on our site, where there is an option to donate to these Alberta-based musicians.

Maya Corona Watercolour Artist Live Online Classes 12 pm MT register link in my bio. kids will be able to enjoy so lets all paint together. I will be talking about the materials we will need tonight and if u guys have any questions or suggestions I will be doing a live at 7pm MT tonight - 8 pm MT in Spanish Materals: Watercolour any brand is fine, Round Brushes 4-6 and 10-12, Watercolour paper, Paper towel, Cup of water

Alexandra Writers Centre Society Online Creative Writing Programs In respect to COVID-19, we are in the process of transitioning all of our upcoming spring classes to online learning. Whether you’re a brand new writer or have been writing for years, we have courses and workshops to meet your needs. There are weekly courses (evening and daytime) for the writer who requires structure, support and that needed push, or one-day and weekend workshops for those who are unable to commit to a longer course.

Alberta Craft Online Issue The latest issue of Alberta Craft Magazine up on issuu. See the latest articles on current and upcoming exhibitions and enjoy interviews with Alberta Craft artists. In this issue: Leah Kudel's first solo exhibition explores the invisible spaces with blown-glass, a look at what it means to create a career in craft, meet two indigenous jewellers, and more. The Alberta Craft Magazine is the only provincial magazine in Canada devoted to the craft sector. It is designed and published by the Alberta Craft Council.

DIY Theatre's DIY Radio Series We here at DIY Theatre are launching a special Radio series to try and give some work to theatre artists affected by COVID-19. We are looking for original content, or cancelled shows that would like to/are able to be recorded radio-style. There’s more info on our FB page, and new announcements we’ll make in the coming days

Roberta Murray of Little Birds Illustration I am doing online illustrated bedtime stories for adults (and kids) with stories related to the extraordinary times we have suddenly found ourselves in. They are posted to Tumblr, but also available on Instagram and Facebook.

Herringer Kiss Gallery has created video tours of their current exhibition XX. This all women’s show celebrating top Canadian artists who through their work, teaching and mentorship, empower  and encourage other women. Featuring;  Marion Nicoll, Katie Ohe, Shelley Adler, Angela Grossmann, Janet Werner, Dana Holst, Fiona Ackerman, Tia Halliday and Lou Lynn. 

Wordfest Online Happy Hour Join us for Wordfest's first online author event, a Happy Hour conversation with debut novelist Samantha M. Bailey about her bestselling thriller Woman On The Edge. Pour yourself a Rosé Spritzer or a coffee – Sam's favourite libations – and tune into Wordfest's Facebook page at 5:30 PM (MT) for a conversation hosted by Shelley Youngblut. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the live stream. 

This is a complimentary event. There's no need to sign up, but if you RSVP below, you'll be entered in a draw to win a copy of Woman On the Edge (courtesy of our partners at Simon & Schuster Canada). You will still be able to ask questions, using the Facebook comments section. 

Have something to add or share? Email and we will keep this list as current and updated as possible.

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