Things may be changing outside, but there are plenty of ways to stay connected to Grand Center Arts District organizations during quarantine–from take-out and digital concerts to virtual cocktail parties, we’ve got you covered. Here are some ideas:
Updates will made to this post as news is released.
- For Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s new Together/Apart online series, they will be collaborating with local musicians, artists, writers, and other community members to bring programs to you at home. Look forward to photos and other content from their archives, moments of zen, and laughs – follow along on Instagram for their latest! Also, listen now to a playlist also inspired by their current exhibition and artist Terry Adkins.
- The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF) was set to open its new exhibition, Masterworks: Highlights from the IPHF Collection in late March, but it is now being offered as a 360-degree virtual tour online. The exhibition celebrates 55 years of the IPHF and features iconic images from over 50 artists, including: Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Julia Margaret Cameron, Ernst Haas, and more. IPHF members and active military can access the tour for free. ‘Admission’ is $10 for non-members and $5 for seniors and children. Take the tour here, or, you can purchase a lecture or podcast from the IPHF archives – the first three are free!
- Art lovers who missed Saint Louis University Museum of Art‘s March 6 opening of “Leon Bronstein: Between the Fantastic and the Real,” can get an at-home peek at the exhibition through the robust digital catalog. Along with detailed photos of the works, you can explore considerable background info on the artist’s life and work to date. View here.
- Hungry? Pick-up weekly curbside-to-go from Turn (new menus weekly!). Items will be available for pickup on Saturday between 1:00pm-4:00pm, and are made for two people. Order via email to [email protected].
- Since Thursdays Happiest Hour series at Sophie’s Artists Lounge is on hold, We Are Live invites you to be a part of their weekly Virtual Happy instead! Grab a cocktail and get some laughs by joining the stream here under “We Are Live.”
- If you’re missing breezy nights at the Urban Chestnut Midtown Biergarten–you aren’t alone. Luckily, you can place an order for beer and food carry-out now! Beer is available daily, and food will be offered Thursday-Saturday.
- For orchestral fans, there’s an opportunity to hear and see resident conductor Gemma New and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra in a program that includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” whenever you’d like (for a while, at least). From May 26, 2019, it can be streamed on the SLSO’s website, slso.org.
- The musicians of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus have made videos for a series called “SLSO at Home,” brief solo appearances that give an idea of their personalities and abilities. You can find them on YouTube, or at slsostories.org/see-the-slso.
- Join The Dark Room’s Facebook Live stream, “Live from the Archives” to hear some of their favorite live shows weekly Wednesday through Saturday at 7pm. Tips for the bands are appreciated!
- KDHX invites you to listen (and donate if you can!) daily at 88.1. They will be continuing to feature fresh content. STL and regional musicians, and more. Listen now!
- Jazz St. Louis has launched eBistro, which is full of digital content with performances, educational materials and music recommendations–and an opportunity to donate and support. Also check out their Season of Stream on Facebook – high quality re-streams presented as a watch party each Thursday at 7:30. Chat with fellow watchers, Jazz STL staff (and sometimes the artists themselves!), in a format designed to mimic a live concert night-out with friends.
- The Contemporary Art Museum is committed to keep bringing you art throughout this time–and their newly announced programming is the next best thing to being there in person. Enjoy exclusive interviews (like Liz Johnson Artur), Art at Home (try this cute embroidery workshop by Janie Stamm), activities for kids (a flip-book!), and more. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for the latest activity announcements.
- Big Muddy Dance Company is giving you the chance to stream classes on demand–like ballet, jazz, and contemporary classes, each taught by their company artists for you to take at home or in your own space! Explore your options here.
- The news doesn’t take a break, and St. Louis Public Radio is an outlet you can trust in a world of questionable media. Listen along on NPR, or follow along with them on social media or through their website for the latest news you should know.
- If you can’t wait for Circus Flora, you may want to consider Circus Harmony’s online Zoom classes! Find out more about the offerings and how you can connect with the St. Louis circus community on their Facebook page.
- Do you love learning through play in the arts? Join Metro Theater Company’s Team Education for a series of videos featuring ways to play at home, drama exercises, and fun arts activities. Learn more here.
- Kranzberg Arts Foundation resident Ashleyliane Dance Company is sharing their love for dance via streaming video! You can take classes and also view performance videos anywhere that is convenient for you. New videos added weekly! Check it out.
- Consuming Kinetics Dance Company is offering a series of classes online. Choose from three tiers of donation options to access unlimited monthly content! Explore now.
- Join Karlovsky & Company Dance via Zoom! Offerings include things like “Dance for Small Spaces” – so a studio isn’t necessary.
- The Ballroom Dance Academy of St. Louis is also offering online options – from salsa to waltz!
A little something to look forward to: Bennie’s Blues Room is coming soon to Grand Center Arts District! Bennie’s Blues Room will offer the capacity for the St. Louis Blues Society to tell the story of St. Louis Blues music through performance and presentation on two state-of-the-art stages. The venue will also include exhibit space and the opportunity for continued education about one of St. Louis’ most important and untold stories: The Blues. An opening date will be announced soon.
You’ve got art–and the Kranzberg Arts Foundation has galleries! Heed their call and apply (by May 15) for an opportunity to exhibit in one of their spaces – including the newest gallery at High Low. For more info, visit this link.
The Sovereign, a music venue, is set to open across from High Low at 3300 Washington Blvd. The Sovereign is a joint venture between Tim Weber, a managing partner of Old Rock House, and Steve Smith, co-founder and CEO of the Lawrence Group–and developer of many Grand Center Arts District landmarks, including the most recent Angad Arts Hotel. The 17,000 square-foot space will serve 1,200 people and is looking to an opening in 2021.