This year has been full of change and challenges for our community. Without being able to hold classes in our studio, ACT had to come up with a plan to make sure that our students still had access to fun, creative projects, especially while quarantining. With help from our professional ACT Teaching Artists, ACT has launched a weekly YouTube series to engage students, hosting free, family-friendly art activities called Stay Home & Stay Creative. Every Friday, ACT Teaching artists guide viewers through 3 to 5 minutes of art instruction, music lessons, or physical movement activities utilizing everyday materials that can be found around the home.
For example, we’ve created mandalas out of mustard with Mandy Cano Villalobos, found our rhythm with drumming exercises from Leah Ivory and Josh Dunigan, and learned some ballet moves for beginners with the help of Taryn Ortega-Ferguson!
Through these interactive videos, we’ve been able to virtually connect with our community and provide a brand new avenue for projects that are fun and accessible to all. Due to the statewide shelter-in-place mandate issued in March 2020, many of ACT’s Teaching Artists had been limited in their work and artistic practices, and we were happy to be able to provide them with a digital platform and connect them with an audience.
Make sure you follow our YouTube channel (@ACTinGR) and tune in every Friday for new video lessons!