Museum, Arts Companies Offer Online Content During COVID-19 Outbreak
As the coronavirus outbreak continues, Los Angeles residents are being urged to stay home and self-isolate. Officials have ordered bars closed, restaurants to operate take-out only, and arts and entertainment venues closed, a possible new normal until the disease is brought under control.
However, these venues are not ceasing operations entirely. Many institutions and per- forming arts companies are trying to share tools and activities, with a social distancing twist. Here is what some Downtown-based or affiliated organizations and institutions are doing during the shutdowns:
Los Angeles Unified School District: Currently schools remain shut down; Gov. Gavin Newsom said that it is likely Califor- nia schools will stay closed through the end of the school year. While most kids might be salivating at the opportunity for an ear- ly summer break, parents likely aren’t giddy at the lost time. Thankfully, there are some educational resources for parents to use with their kids to make up for the lack of formal education. The Los Angeles Unified School District has partnerships with KCET, KPBS SoCal and KLCS-TV for free online and broadcast educational programming for grades K-12. More information is at achieve. lausd.net/pbs.
LAUSD is also continuing to provide meals for students. Free to-go meals are being dis- tributed at 60 pick-up locations every week- day, and each student can take two meals home a day. In Downtown Los Angeles, meals can be picked up at John Liechty Middle School at 650 S. Union Ave., the Santee Education Complex at 1921 S. Maple Ave., and (just across the Los Angeles River) at Mendez High School at 1200 Plaza del Sol E.
L.A. Opera: There is good news for opera fans. The L.A Opera is broadcasting singing performances on its Facebook page. The collection of singers are choosing some of their favorite pieces from operas, and each broad- cast is at 4 p.m. (they can also be watched after the fact).
Los Angeles Public Library: Downtown’s Central Library, and the branches in Little Tokyo and Chinatown, are currently closed to the public, but library card holders still have access to much of the Los Angeles Public Library’s resources. A library card gives holders the ability to look up magazines, scholarly journals, online editions of newspapers and more. There are also online courses that users can use.
Library card holders also have access to the movie streaming service Kanopy. It features a collection of classic films and documentaries, plus new releases from studios such as A24. For access and a full list of resources, see lapl.org.
L.A. County Library: The other local library network also has a number of remote and online resources available while physical locations are shut down. County library cardholders can use the library’s online databases, browse digital versions of newspapers, and download audiobooks, as well as also use Kanopy. More information is at lacountylibrary.org.
ArtShare LA: The Arts District nonprofit and exhibition venue has created a virtual gallery designed to be updated daily. Every day ArtShare puts out a 10 a.m. prompt to local artists, who submit works that ArtShare displays on its website and social media accounts. The gallery can be found at artsharela.org.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes: The El Pueblo de Los Angeles-area museum, focused on Mexican American history and culture, has created virtual live tours of its exhibitions, which can be viewed on the museum’s Facebook page. They include a multi-part video walkthrough of the exhibition Carlos Almaraz: Evolution of Form.
Grammy Museum: The music-focused Museum at L.A. Live is currently closed, but it has put a collection of music-related educational lessons online for people to use. They range from looks at the music of the civil rights movement to the how-tos of electronic music production. The Grammy Museum is also uploading interviews with various musicians who have visited the space. A full list, and the schedule, is at grammymuseum.org. firstname.lastname@example.org.