Queer Voices Writing Circles
April 17th and April 24th
Hennepin County Library
Join Queer Voices curators Sherrie Fernandez-Williams and Lisa Marie Brimmer as they facilitate writing circles: collective space for community building, sharing knowledge, and sharing work! This space is not about critique, but about the admiration of the sentences and more generative moments in the writing process. Come with your writing tools and something yummy to drink or eat. We'll spend two hours grounding in the archive, responding to writing prompts, and sharing back in community. The writing circles will be held on April 17th and April 24th. You are welcome to come to both sessions or just one of the sessions.
Registration is required. Register at the following link: Registration for Queer Voices Writing Circles
Twin Cities Pride Art Exhibition- Submissions due by July 15th
Opportunity to be featured in 2021 Twin Cities Pride Festival's virtual art exhibition. Artists are able to submit artwork of four different categories: Photography, painting, mixed media, and drawing Each artist may submit up to three pieces in total. Diptychs will be considered as two pieces and triptychs as three pieces; they will be submitted and juried all together. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and to promote social distancing. The View of the entire exhibition will be done Virtually. Artwork will be selected by a panel of jurors, professionals in the specific art domains and by one member of the community. Please send submissions to Lys.Akerman-Frank@tcpride.org.
ARTIFICIAL WORLD outdoor art show
May 15, 1-7 PM
Free outdoor in person event at Grumpys’ Bar and Grill in NE Minneapolis
2200 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Come down to Grumpy's in Northeast Minneapolis for their first outdoor art show of the season, featuring works from 11 local artists. Free to the public!
Open Studio From Home
March 20, 11-11:40 AM
Online, via Zoom
Whitney Museum of American Art
You are invited to Open Studio From Home, free weekly online art classes with Whitney educators! Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials.
In this special Open Studio From Home, we will be joined by award-winning Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas. Together we will celebrate the publication of her new book, Eyes Open: 23 Photography Projects for Curious Kids (Aperture, 2021)! Eyes Open presents fun projects that encourage kids to explore the world around them through photography. Meiselas says, “The camera can be a way of connecting to people and places while also expressing yourself.”
We will take a look inside Eyes Open and hear from Susan Meiselas herself. Then, we will explore photography together as we respond to one of the prompts featured in the book.
This special Open Studio from Home is presented in collaboration with Aperture.
Learn how to use stop-motion animation to make things move, multiply, and disappear using this iPad app from the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.
Lessons and Skill-Development
Monthly / serial arts programming
Virtual Open Studios
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Inspired by Mia’s Free Open Studios, browse how-to videos and projects with step-by-step instructions to create your own artworks.
Virtual Family Day
Every second Sunday of the month, Mia hosts a free monthly event for families, kids, and the young at heart featuring virtual hands-on art activities, music, dance performances, artist demonstrations, and more — all inspired by Mia’s incredible collection.
Free First Saturday At Home
Walker Art Center
All the fun you experience at Free First Saturday is now online! Here you can find performances, art-making activities, kids’ films, and interactive workshops—all designed especially for you and your family to do from home.
This Is Minnesota Orchestra
A series of Friday night concert broadcasts live from Orchestra Hall, hosted by Sarah Hicks.
Drawing and Illustrating
A Choice of Weapons Activity Guide
Minnesota Museum of American Art
Using this self-guided activity packet, people of all ages can process the images and concepts represented in A Choice of Weapons, Honor and Dignity: The Visions of Gordon Parks and Jamel Shabazz.
Queer Art History
Submit your artwork to be featured here on Queer Art History, regardless if you've just picked up your paint brush yesterday, or have been working for a long time.
Some artists use chance to create their works—and now you can too. Try both of these fun activities! For ages 4 and up. Downloadable PDF materials.
MCA Moment Intro to Perspective Drawing
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
Join Saint Mary's University of Minnesota student and Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) intern, Grace Gillis for a drawing lesson. During this video Grace introduces one point perspective drawing.
MCA Moment One Point Perspective Drawing Lesson 2
Join Saint Mary's University of Minnesota student and Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) intern, Grace Gillis for a drawing lesson. During this video Grace dives deeper into one point perspective drawing.
MCA Moment – Circle Doodles
Join Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) instructor, Lisa Douglas for a doodling demonstration. During this video Lisa demonstrates and breaks down the process of using simple lines, shapes, and patterns to create beautiful designs.
Virtual Drop-In Drawing
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
A series of video sessions to develop your drawing skills.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
A how-to video series on sketching
Reclaiming the Gaze: Self-Portrait Workshop
Artist Shannon Bono will deliver a self-portrait online class incorporating fun drawing techniques, colour and art therapy. Grab your favourite mirror and find some flattering lighting because in this 50min session Shannon will use traditional life drawing techniques to help us all reclaim the gaze and control our own narratives through self-portraiture.
Quarantine Art Club
Web, YouTube, Instagram
Award-winning illustrator Carson Ellis posts images, instructional YouTube videos, and daily art prompts, encouraging visitors to complete the projects along with her.
In the Studio- post war abstract painting
Want to know how some of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists made abstract paintings? This course offers an in-depth, hands-on look at the materials, techniques, and approaches of seven New York School artists, including Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, and Mark Rothko.
Hands-On Art History: All About Paintings
Learn about some artworks in Mia’s collection, then get hands-on making your own paintings!
Use toothpicks or skewers to create a layered work of art. Includes an instructional video.
Be inspired by artist Olafur Eliasson and create your own abstract painting using movement. For all ages. Downloadable PDF materials.
Create your own Mirror Painting like artist Michelangelo Pistoletto and you can be inside the art! For all ages. Downloadable PDF materials.
Create: Color in Abstract Art
Step-by-step instructions for creating your own marbled paper.
How To | Tate
Tate Modern, London
Tate’s “How To” series shows how great artists made their masterpieces, with many videos focusing on painting
Watercolor Workshop: Minnesota Agates
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Discover the significance of Minnesota Agates through watercolor painting. In this free online workshop, the instructor, artist Chelsea Novotny, will discuss the formation and collection of agates.
Watercolor Resist Painting
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Follow along this how-to video to make your own watercolor painting.
Pottery and Ceramics
Tate’s “How To” series shows how great artists made their masterpieces, including “How to Make a Pot Like Grayson Perry” and “How to Cast Like Whiteread.”
Northern Clay Center
The Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center has a YouTube channel including several instructional videos and workshops.
Papier Mache Paste
Learn how to make papier mache paste to design your own creations. Two instructional videos: one to make the paste, one to create sculptures using papier mache.
Simple Hand Puppet
Learn how to make a simple hand puppet using the papier mache techniques from the previous activity. Includes an instructional video.
Printmaking and Book Arts
Tate’s “How To” series shows how great artists made their masterpieces, including “How to Print Like Warhol”
Bookbinding at Home
Make your own artist journal at home! Save money on costly sketchbooks with a book-binding class from Paloma Tendero, using materials you have around the house. Paloma will teach two techniques; Single Section binding which uses only one row of stitching to group the pages - either saddle stitch or hitch stitch and Japanese binding for use binding single sheets of paper, where the thread creates a beautiful pattern.
Printmaking at Home
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Videos on how to make different types of prints at home using common art supplies.
Photography and Videography
Nikon School Online
After quickly registering, anyone can access Nikon instructional videos to develop and practice their photography and video skills.
Seeing Through Photographs
Museum of Modern Art
This 16-hour course offered through Coursera focuses primarily on photography appreciation but may also improve your photography skills. Subtitles: French, Serbian, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Russian, English, Spanish
Digital/Graphic Design and Comic Art
Comic of Our Fears
Use this activity developed by artist Anavi Mullick to help you process your feelings and fears.
Drawing on Adobe Illustrator
Resident artist Berke Yazicioglu will be showing you how to create a vector drawing on Adobe Illustrator. A class that’s suitable for adobe first-timers or those with some experience, Berke will cover various features including smart guides, layering, and stroke profiles; teaching you how to use them to obtain articulate shapes and perfect curves.
Learn about Comic Creation . . . For Free!
Creative Comic Art
This website provides many tutorials and lessons for people who want to learn to draw and public comics.
Queer Coloring Book Pages
New Haven Pride Center
The New Haven Pride Center, as part of its special covid-19 programming, has collected a folder of queer coloring book pages
GLSEN LGBTQ History Coloring Book
GLSEN (fka Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)
GLSEN’s LGBTQ History Coloring Book features leaders and groundbreaking events in American history that highlight people with LGBTQ identities.
Art Adventure Coloring Pages
Coloring pages inspired by the artworks in Mia’s collection
Frank Big Bear Coloring Book
This limited-edition coloring book was made just for you by Frank Big Bear from his original pencil drawings. Teens from the Little Earth Arts Collective wrote the text inspired by the images.
Coloring Book Pages
Art Institute of Chicago
Spend some time with icons of the Art Institute’s collection with these these printable coloring pages featuring La Grande Jatte, Nighthawks, The Great Wave, and more.
Video and Filmmaking
Script to Screen
Everything you need to know before you get rolling. You’ve got your idea, but how do you get it onto the screen? It doesn’t matter if you’re embarking on your first feature or short or if you’re a filmmaking veteran, the importance of production development should never be underestimated. How do you budget? Where do you go to to finance your film? What team and equipment do you need? Listen to industry experts, Olivier Kaempfer, BAFTA-nominated producer and Founder of Parkville Pictures, Amy Jackson, Producer and Former Head of Production at See Saw films, and Fiona Lamptey, Producer & Founder of Fruit Tree Media.
Get Your Film Seen
NOWNESS and Dazed's Bunney Kinney teams up with music video director/ filmmaker Saam Farahmand and 'The Film Festival Doctor', Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith for this film screening and talk. Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith of 'The Film Festival Doctor' gives us the know-how to get your film seen, discovered and distributed --through digital platforms and film festivals, by asking and questioning the filmmakers themselves. If you're a filmmaker and want to GET YOUR FILM SEEN, tune in now!
Fashion and Costume
Fashion as Design
This 19-hour online course will help you understand and appreciate fashion design through many perspectives.
Tate’s “How To” series shows how great artists made their masterpieces, including “How to Weave Like Anni Albers”
Cowles Center Dance Classes
Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts
Cowles Classroom provides our Arts in Education programs to viewers across our dance community through YouTube. Teaching Artists are creating three days' worth of lessons for all movers to try at home.
Zenon Dance Classes
Online and in-person
Though the pandemic may have slowed things down, dancers at Zenon Dance haven’t stopped grooving. Check out their online classes in jazz, ballet, improvisation and composition, afro modern, belly dance, and more, in beginner to advanced levels. Classes are available both for drop ins and enrollment, and dancers can pay class-by-class or buy a package.
Connect across Time and Space through Dance!
Connect with friends and family through movement. Learn several short dance sequences by artists in the Walker’s collection, then create your own dance! Also available in Spanish.
“Ballez is just what it sounds like... it’s lesbians doing ballet.” Ballez offers free live lessons and instructional videos on YouTube.
MCA Dancers Stay Strong during COVID-19
A series of instructional and strength-building exercises for new or experienced dancers, including tap, Irish dancing, and more!
Get in Shape Grrl (Broadway COVID series)
Get in Shape Grrl
Bust your best moves during free workout sessions led by top dancers from Broadway and American Ballet Theatre. Join the Facebook Group to get started.
Theater / Acting
MCA Moment – Acting warm up (the Articulator Dance)
Join Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Managing Director and her son Seamus for a fun acting warm-up. Rehearsing the Articulator Dance will help you warm-up your articulators (lips, tongue, and teeth), which help you speak clearly both on and off stage.
Slay! With Brian Bose
Feel sexy, fierce and powerful while learning fun choreography, grooving to music and dancing your way to empowerment. This class creates an open environment to get your cardio up, move your body and challenge yourself. Strip away fears and perfectionism while learning how to get out of your own way so you have no choice but to slay. No dance experience necessary. Registration is ongoing, so drop in at any time!
MCA Moment Tongue Twister Challenge #1
Join Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Managing Director and her son Seamus for a fun Tongue Twister Challenge.
Theatre in the Round Podcasts
Theatre in the Round
Theatre in the Round has produced a variety of podcasts relating to theater production, including stage managing, scenic design, props, lighting, and auditioning.
One Hour Improv
HUGE Theater has classes for students at all levels. Your instructors are working professional improvisors. These classes are two hours a week, for ten weeks. Payment plans and scholarships available.
Broadway Weekends at Home
Facebook and Zoom
This private facebook group offers pay-what-you-can classes in musical theater taught by Broadway and West End Performers. Join the group and then sign up for classes, which are taught on Zoom.
Tell Your Story Through Dance
Join Kelly from the Walker Art Center for a look at the unique movement style of choreographer Maria Hassabi. Then, choose movements to tell your own story through dance!
Drag / Ballroom
Virtual Drag Shows
Zoom, Twitch, Facebook
FlipPhone is based in the Twin Cities and has shifted its popular drag brunches and Drag Story Hours to an online format. Visit facebook for details. Watch and learn, dance along!
In ordinary times, Dragged Out puts on shows at the Black Hart bar (formerly Town House) in St. Paul every third Friday of the month. Its core cast is mostly made up of kings, but they also bring in queens, burlesque, and other types of performances. Join the facebook group to get to know this creative community.
Black Hart of Saint Paul
St Paul, MN
In ordinary times, Black Hart of Saint Paul is an LGBTQ+ soccer bar, featuring drag and burlesque shows and showing professional soccer. Now Black Hart occasionally has live DJ parties on facebook and online you can check out the featured artists who are delivering Curbside Drag for takeout orders. The facebook page also features some videos of performances if you want to watch and learn.
Nina West (AKA Andrew Levitt) takes on all things drag and LGBT in this podcast
Take 5 with GPS
VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III leads a live 5-minute exercise to help warm you up, including wellness components, poems, and song. Find previous sessions on the VocalEssence YouTube Channel
VocalEssence Singers of This Age Singing Songs of Hope
VocalEssence’s youth choir, VocalEssence Singers of This Age, is creating Sounds of Hope, a singing challenge for all ages. The choir chooses songs that give them hope and posts videos of them that begin with short inspirational messages.
One Voice Mixed Chorus
Minnesota’s LGBTA mixed chorus has a YouTube page with several singing workshops.
Opera: Free Student Streams
Every Wednesday the Metropolitan Opera releases an opera for people around the world to stream for free and also provides accompanying videos throughout that week that include artist statements, tips for engagement, and thematic commentary.
Jazz Central Studios
Online live stream of concerts
Jazz Central Studios is dedicated to preserving the innovative jazz arts in the Twin Cities. We present live music to the community in a non-commercial listening environment and encourage collaboration and education among musicians of wide and varied experience.
MCA Moment – Tips for Church Musicians
Many music instructors and musicians put their talent to work in a place of worship. In this video Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) vocal instructor, Dawn Burmeister shares a few tips on how musicians can continue to share music virtually with congregations while social distancing is in place.
MCA Moment – Funga Alafia Drumming
During this MCA Moment, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Percussion and Piano Instructor, Kayla Jannsen encourages views to explore the world of drumming with materials they have right at home and to sing/ play along to a traditional African song, Funga Alafia.
Write Your Own Music
Join Lyndie and Shelby from Toneworks Music Therapy Services to discover how you can make unique music with objects found around your home.
Journaling for Self-Care: Writing Through Challenging Times
Online class, March 3, 2021-March 24, 2021
Loft Literary Center
Learn to write courageously! Journaling is an excellent way to capture your experiences and work through thoughts and feelings in challenging times. Use structure and creativity to journal in a way that prevents overwhelm and promotes understanding, acceptance, and growth. In this class, you will be introduced to the concept of journaling for self-care and shown three effective journaling techniques and discuss the various situations in which they may be used for self-care. You will also have the opportunity to try these techniques in short writing segments during the class, along with optional sharing.
Find Original Poetry Hiding in the Pages of Your Paper
New York Times
Creating an erasure poem means finding your voice lurking in another’s words. It can be a way to start writing when words fail.
Queering the Path
This Instagram account has been posting creative journaling prompts and inviting followers to write on their own and/or submit snippets of their writing for an upcoming newsletter. They also post periodical invites to photo contests and other virtual activities.
Let’s Tell a Story!
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Storytelling has been around forever. Storytelling started with community members telling stories to children. Then stories were written down and illustrated. Today there are print books, audio books, and digital books. There is no right way to tell a story—you can be creative and use your imagination in the story you tell and how you tell it. Maybe you can even think of a new way to tell stories!
Not Alone, Never Was: a Penpal Zine 4 Rural Queers
KT Taylor’s digital zine exploring questions of isolated queerness during a pandemic.
Stories of 2020
National Museum of American History
The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, is assembling a digital time capsule of 2020 filled with messages to future generations about life today. As reported in Hyperallergic.
Kids’ Art Activities
Toddler Time Activities
Three activities for young kids designed to bring some fun and creativity to your day.
Beyond the Stage
Stages Theatre Company
Free virtual theater activities for ages 18 months to 18 years.
MCA Moments – ways to keep busy and creative during COVID-19!
MCA Moments will fill your creative toolbox full of arts tips, tricks, and boredom busters for the whole family.
Weisman Art Museum
Activities for Grades 4-12 designed to foster creative writing inspired by art
Children’s Theater Company Weekly Series
Web, Facebook, YouTube
Children’s Theater Company
CTC posts videos online for Mindfulness Mondays (stress-reducing exercises developed through the Creative Play program) and Write On! Wednesdays (parents send in their children’s original plays and stories and members of the CTC’s acting company perform them and release them on Facebook one week later).
NGV Kids at Home
Activity sheets (suitable for ages 8 and up), meet the artist e-books (ideal for primary-aged children, and younger children with assistance of an adult), and art games for the whole family.
Combining coding activities and the arts.
Great Art Ideas for Teachers
A variety of creative art lessons that can be adapted for home use, suitable for primary school ages.
Activities great for ages 7 and up but can be enjoyed by learners of all ages.
Creative Writing Prompts
"Your Story, Our Story" At Home Art
Local artist Lucy Michell leads an activity to share your unique American voice by creating an artwork of a place that makes you feel most at home.
Virtual Museum Tours
Explore Mia’s art collection from the comforts of your home. You’ll find fascinating art stories and podcasts, 360-degree images and zoom views of the collection, and more to spark and nurture your creativity. Mia also has online activities for virtual visits.
Weisman Art Museum: public art
Public Art 25 is a virtual tour of WAM’s public art collection located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.
Weisman Art Museum: virtual visit
With our new virtual visits, you can visit your favorite works in the WAM collection virtually, engage with interactive videos from our Weisguides, and spark imagination through Artful Writing prompts throughout the tour.
The Queen and the Crown
An intimate look at a selection of costumes from “The Queen’s Gambit” and “The Crown.”
Collecting and Empire
Learn how colonial relationships shaped the British Museum's collection in this object trail
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Art at Home
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Read, watch, and listen. Art wherever you are.
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Sculpture, paintings, and drawings
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Contemporary art, including paper, sculpture, metal, and glass, and exhibits on South and Southeast Asian art and art from Latin America, among others.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
20th Century and contemporary American art, focusing on living American artists.
The Frick Collection, New York
The Frick Collection
Renaissance to late 19th century paintings, but also furniture, enamels, and porcelains.
The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, New York
A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art focusing on the art and architecture of medieval Europe.
American Museum of Natural History, New York
American Museum of Natural History
A collection of specimens and artifacts documenting the natural history of the United States.
The British Museum, London
The British Museum
Classical Dutch art, Asian artefacts, 17th-century silver and porcelain
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Impressionist and post-impressionist works
The Broad, Los Angeles
Contemporary art from the 1950s to the present
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Renaissance art from Italy
Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb and Los Angeles
Museum of Broken Relationships
You can contribute your own item to the museum’s collection as well as browse current holdings.
Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil
Museu de Arte de São Paulo
Art from around the world.
National Gallery of Victoria
Picasso Museum, Barcelona
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art
Banaki Museum, Athens
Virtual tours of the Museum of Greek Culture, the Museum of Islamic Art, the Ghika Gallery, the Toy Museum, and others.
National Palace Museum, Taipei
Chinese arts and crafts from the Neolithic to the modern era.
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