There are a lot of ways that arts groups have become creative with virtual offerings. But what to do if you are the largest venue in Miami, presenting nearly 400 live events ever year including Broadway touring shows, the largest jazz series in South Florida, a Flamenco Festival, hosting the Miami City Ballet, home to a regional theater, and the list goes on?
Well, you need to go big or go home.
So the Adrienne Arsht Center came up with Arsht@Home. It's kind of like an on demand arts channel.
"Offering arts experiences to all is part of the Arsht Centers' DNA and we will continue to do that virtually until, we can, once again, gather in person," Johanna Zietsman, president and CEO of the Arsht Center said.
So, as promised to my friends at the Arsht, I spent some time being a committed "user" of Arsht@Home and these are some of my favorites. There's a smorgasbord of offerings so you'll find your own faves to bookmark.
Living Room Live –Jazz Roots series adviser Shelly Berg, dean of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami presents his Shelly-Grams. Check out his original song, "Home With You." Even though he wrote the music in 2004, it's so appropriate for stay at home, and beautiful. Also, on Living Room Live, singer-songwriter Alexa Lash from Miami plays a little ukulele and has a big voice. There's more to discover at Living Room Live.
Offerings from the Resident Companies at the Arsht like Florida Grand Opera and its FGO Go. The emerging artists of the FGO Studio. Don't miss Nathan Matticks, baritone, who unassumingly introduces Rigoletto's Aria and then bursts into an unforgettable "Cortigiani, vil razza danata." Don't stop there, Nicholas Huff sings The Duke's Aria from Rigoletto, and you'll recognize the tune right off the bat. There's Miami City Ballet up close with its streaming dance classes. The Mondays at 8:30 a.m. Ballet Stretch and Strengthen with Lauren Fadeley, MCB Principal Soloist, has become, as she says, " a gentle mindful way to start the week." And New World Symphony offers a look into medici.tv, the world's leading classical musical channel. You can find the New World Symphony broadcast, Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Michael Tilson Thomas.
The art of making teaches you lots of stuff like how to learn to play the Blues with musician Nicole Yarling or turn objects from your kitchen into musical instruments (I did do this exercise, not sure the condo neighbors were too happy, but I had a good time). Sara Gonzalez. Gonzalez is just fun. The Art of Making. She will make you laugh out loud.
There's more fascinating Arsht@Home offerings to explore including Visual Arts and Tours, Content from Arts Partners like Nu Deco and upcoming by Zoetic Stage and City Theatre, Arsht Talk with interviews by Zietsman with "thought Leaders" and Arsht Tunes, a curated playlist by someone from the arts community or someone working inside the Arsht.
The Arsht also has an invaluable tool they are offering, Arsht@Work. Arsht Center's Human Resources Professionals are offering personalized resume and interview preparation workshops. Sign up for a 30-minute resume review or job interview coaching session for free.
Until we can all get together at the Arsht again, at least we can still stay connected.