For those of us who love to gather around our vibrant arts community, it’s counterintuitive for us to separate; because the arts exist to bring people together for socialization, conversation, debate and joy. But, we know that today’s separation is only temporary. During this time at home, the kids in your life might also be missing what the arts bring to their lives. We’re excited to share some fun activities that children can do at home by themselves and together as a family.

The 70+ arts organizations that the Arts and Education Council supports have found innovative ways to share the arts from afar. We’d love to see how you keep art happening by tagging us on social media, using the hashtag #KeepArtHappening or by emailing us at Info@KeepArtHappening.org.

While many of these offerings are free, please look at the program details on each organization’s website for any associated costs.

Arts and Education Council coloring page: This coloring sheet illustrated by our friends at Filament showcases our vibrant arts community. It’s a perfect reminder of how together we keep art happening!

Artscope continues to provide easy to follow, fun projects for kids over the summer. Many of their projects use materials children can find around the home and can be created by following along with the video instructions.

Classic 107.3's Musical Ancestries is a quarterly program designed to teach school-aged children about world music. This segment is devoted to the culture, instruments, music, and storytelling traditions of the Caribbean (highlighting the countries of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nassau in the Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago).

COCA is providing three virtual classes each week in a variety of discipline during the summer. This fall semester, COCA has hundreds of ways to find your place in the arts. Whether you’re looking for classes to take in-person at their newly expanded campus, virtually from your own home, or a combination of both options, they have you covered. Explore available classes here.

Metro Theater Company’s Online Learning Resources are available for young people to keep the reading, stories and creativity flowing during this challenging time.

The Sheldon offers study guides about jazz, folk, world music, blues and more, including video links, craft ideas, activity sheets and other interactive ways to learn about American music. The Sheldon will also offer live-streaming performances of their most popular concerts this fall, free of charge to both traditional and home schools

Springboard to Learning has gathered resources that students, parents and teachers can access for support during COVID-19.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Playground features videos, photos and activities that introduce audiences to the instruments of the orchestra and the musicians who play them.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis has teamed with Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, The Public Theater and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company to present Play at Home, a series of micro-commissioned short plays from some of the American theatre's most exciting and prominent playwrights. These new plays – which all run 10 minutes or less – are available for the public to download, read and perform at home for free.

Check back for more resources and activities – this list will be updated as new resources become available! Last updated August 20, 2020

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