Nashville's Arts and Culture, from Home
Arts and culture are at the very heart of Nashville. We all miss visiting our favorite local cultural institutions while we stay #saferathome and try to flatten the curve of this worldwide pandemic.
Fortunately, many of our grant partner organizations have moved programs, collections or activity suggestions online for us all during this challenging time.
We’ll continue to update this list as we hear from our arts partners. Meanwhile, check out their full slate of activities below to plan your virtual cultural experiences and see how you can help support them!
Image from The Theater Bug's production of Secondhand Wings.
You can find music from ALIAS Chamber Ensemble on iTunes and Apple Music
(and most downloading/streaming services), including their 2019 release, "Rhythms Rivers & Roads," which features four world-premiere recordings by three Nashville composers.
(Bonus: read the Newsweek opinion piece from ALIAS founder and former artistic director Zeneba Bowers, now quarantined in Italy.)
The Belcourt Theatre has partnered with the Nashville Scene to host the Living Room Film Club: “Each meeting, we’ll focus on a collection from the Criterion Channel, with one film as the spotlight. Watch the spotlight film on your own, explore other films in the collection, and join our guest speakers for a 30-minute discussion.”
The Belcourt is also hosting informal watch-along viewings of Netflix movies on Twitch. Follow them on Instagram or Twitter to learn more!
chatterbird composer extraordinaire Wu Fei is sharing beautiful music and stories daily via Instagram (@wufeimusic).
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens has moved their Tots! family activities online, and is offering beautiful virtual garden tours on Instagram with the hashtags #cheekwoodinbloom and #ourgardensyourhome.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum invites you to enjoy pre-recorded live performances, interviews, songwriter sessions, podcasts, and more. You can also explore their Digital Archives (including photos, sound recordings, printed materials, and objects of their collection), Oral History, a Photography Collection, and more online.
The Frist Art Museum’s YouTube Channel has archives of lectures, instructional videos, short features, and the entire performance of Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville (supported by a Metro Arts grant!), which took place at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. They’re also offering content based around the new exhibit, J.M.W. Turner: Quest for the Sublime: a lecture with the Tate curator, activity & video, and artist introductions for students and kids.
Follow Global Education Center on Instagram and Facebook for their series, “A Film A Week in April,” links to screen four films throughout the month of April, as well as post-film talks with filmmakers!
Humanities Tennessee always has engaging literary content on Chapter16.org, and they’ve also curated a helpful list of resources, including how to enjoy literature, art and culture from home.
Intersection is using their hiatus from performing to introduce us, via Facebook, to some new composers and some new music!
Nashville Ballet is sharing Q&A’s and videos with Company Artists on their Facebook page.
The Nashville Children's Theatre's Drama School has created a series of fun activities you can do with your kids and is offering online drama classes.
Nashville Film Festival is sharing their picks for at-home viewing via their NashFilm Watchlist on social media.
Nashville Jazz Workshop is offering online classes, live-streamed concerts and rebroadcasts of archived performances.
Nashville Opera is streaming its latest children’s opera, Little Red’s Most Unusual Day!
Nashville Public Television (NPT) always has Arts Breaks available online, and now they’ve partnered with schools to offer educational programming throughout the day!
Nashville Repertory Theatre hosted a virtual season reveal party. Watch and celebrate their upcoming season!
Nashville Shakespeare Festival invites you to stream their 2018 Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on April 4 (take your laptop outside with a picnic blanket for that in-the-park experience!).
The Nashville Symphony is providing three social media posts per week focusing on Music Education tools for parents to use at home with their children, including their new educational series, “Making Music with Enrico,” led by Principal Pops Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yanez! (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)
The National Museum of African American Music is keeping our spirits high with Spotify playlists like “The Power to Uplift.”
OZ Arts Nashville’s Brave New Art podcast explores the beauty, quirks, and challenges of creation, while Oz’s Art Wire pieces reflect upon their 2019-20 performance season through the words of ten writers.
The Porch Writers’ Collective has moved all classes and workshops online. For a daily dose of inspiration, they’re offering online writing prompts on their social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter).
Purchases from Poverty and the Arts’ online art gallery further its mission to support artists impacted by homelessness.
Southern Word is offering free virtual workshops and poetry cyphers.
Tennessee Craft had to cancel their spring craft fair, but they’re highlighting some of their incredible artisans on social media (Instagram, Facebook).
At Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), it’s just intermission! During this unprecedented hiatus, they’re revisiting stories from their archives about how experiences with the arts, incorporated into classroom learning through TPAC programs or presented on our stages, provide essential connection and enrich our lives.
The Theater Bug is producing Quaranteened, an original musical to be created by teen writers and songwriters about the changes in the world that our students are facing, right now, today.
Turnip Green Creative Reuse has closed its brick-and-mortar location for now but is still running its online shop to support TGCR staff, artists and students.
Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities (YEAH!) has moved lessons online and is hosting a free zine workshop/club for youth ages ten and up.