Oregon arts and culture go online

Capella Romana, pictured here, recently gave a live-stream performance for home-bound audiences, with production by Baroque Orchestra. (Courtesy photo)

Laser-focused on their missions despite thousands of canceled performances, events and activities, Oregon’s arts and culture organizations are working to continue serving Oregonians — online.

A recently live-streamed performance by Cappella Romana, produced by Portland Baroque Orchestra, has now been viewed by more than 80,000 people. In response, on March 19, Portland Baroque revised its mission temporarily to support other arts organizations and artists as a live-streaming operation.

“We never cease to be amazed by the creativity and resiliency of Oregon’s cultural community,” said Executive Director of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust Brian Rogers. “Their financial losses due to the health crisis are staggering, yet they are actively finding ways to engage our citizens, providing inspiration and respite during these very challenging times.”

“Our goal is to keep as many artists working as possible and to serve the greater community with extraordinary art,” added Abigail McKee, the executive director of Portland Baroque Orchestra. “The arts allow us all to transcend what is happening immediately around us, step outside of ourselves, and be a part of something bigger. PBO has the technology, and we believe it is our responsibility to share it.”

More information, including how arts organizations can request a livestream, can be found at PBO.org.

Below is a sample alphabetical list of organizations with online offerings:

The Architecture Foundation of Oregon has compiled a list of free at-home design lessons available for all who need them, which are available at https://www.af-oregon.org. Included are several of their Architects in Schools lessons and activities. They are also working to post several guided lesson videos hosted by dedicated members of the design community.

Bullseye Glass Co. has posted general knowledge information about glass as an art form, and artist interviews as well as exhibition catalogs. Artist talks, conference sessions and exhibition are posted on their Vimeo channel

The Drexel H. Foundation in Vale, Oregon, is launching a Yard Art Competition to encourage youth and families to embrace art and a positive message: “Kindness.” The winner will receive a $100 cash prize. More information on that can be found at: http://www.thedrexelfoundation.org/news.

The High Desert Museum is giving the community a regular glimpse into the Museum with a Museum Moment on its Facebook page every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m.

Literary Arts’s “The Archive Project,” a partnership with OPB, features engaging talks, lectures, and readings from more than 35 years of Literary Arts programming in Portland. Learn more at https://literary-arts.org/archive.

The Oregon Humanities Center at the University of Oregon produces an interview show called “UO Today.” Distinguished scholars and UO professors and administrators sit down for a half-hour interview about their work. The shows are posted on their YouTube channel and recently as podcasts.

The School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University will showcase student work and virtual exhibitions for graduating BFA students in the coming weeks and months on its Instagram account, @oregonstate.art.

The Youth Music Project is encouraging young people to grab an instrument — or any rhythm-making object — and post a photo or video of their brilliant home performance with hashtag #YMPPowerOfMusic to join The Power of Music Virtual Concert Series.

Washed Ashore’s newest sculpture, a California condor made from marine debris, will be placed in Portland’s Oregon Zoo in April. A full-length movie about Washed Ashore is posted on the website https://washedashore.org.

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