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Physically Distant/Socially Connected

Letter from the Dean

Greetings! We hope this message finds you well. We are writing to announce the College of Humanities and Fine Arts’ new #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected project and asking you to collaborate with us.  

As we stay at home to help “flatten the curve” and slow the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, one of the major dilemmas we find ourselves facing is how do we remain socially connected while being physically distant. Normally, we would turn to theatres, concert halls, libraries, galleries, and museums to provide us with comfort and an avenue of escape. In the absence of physical access to cultural institutions, we have witnessed the emergence of virtual pop-up concerts, performances, museum tours, exhibits, readings, and master classes in their place.  

These virtual activities reiterate not just the value of the arts and humanities but also the critical role they play in our lives. During these times, we are reminded of the ways in which the arts and humanities enable us to transcend time, space, differences, cultures, and borders; they help us stay connected and feel ourselves a part of a larger community. More importantly, these virtual activities are often free or low-cost, thereby ensuring access for most.  

How are you remaining socially connected while practicing physical distancing? Share with us what you are reading, watching, viewing, listening to, writing, studying, contemplating, creating, or making. Send your submissions to HFAtogether@csuchico.edu(opens in new window) and stay tuned for future emails. To view all posted submissions, visit www.csuchico.edu/hfa/physicallydistantsociallyconnected/index.shtml(opens in new window).  

Your submissions may be shared on various College of Humanities and Fine Arts' Facebook(opens in new window)Instagram(opens in new window), and Twitter(opens in new window) accounts as well as the #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected webpage(opens in new window).

It is our hope that the #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected project is both informative and educational, perhaps even entertaining at times, but ultimately collaborative.    

Stay safe and we will see you on the internet!

tracy butts signature 

Tracy R. Butts, Ph.D.
Interim Dean
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
California State University, Chico 


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected August 10

1. The Metropolitan Opera is offering free daily streams. Operas this week include Bizet's "Carmen" and Verdi's "Rigoletto," among others. They are also offering a pay-per-view concert series, presenting opera’s greatest stars performing live via satellite from striking locations across Europe and the U.S.: https://www.metopera.org/(opens in new window)

Actors in Carmen opera

2. Take some time to learn a new recipe! The YouTube channel Pasta Grannies puts up a new video every Friday of Italian "nonne" teaching viewers how to make their traditional pasta dishes: https://www.youtube.com/user/pastagrannies(opens in new window)

grandmother holding pasta plate

3. Travel across the country in the comfort of your own home! Google Earth offers virtual tours of the 31 national parks: https://earth.google.com/web/@0,0,0a,24616863.78602474d,35y,0h,0t,0r/
data=CiQSIhIgMzVhNjc1YmQ0NjVjMTFlOTg0Yjg1NTMyNWRjMDk2MzQ(opens in new window)

Lake with rocks in it


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected August 6

1. Paint the below image from home with step-by-step instructions from Sienna Joy via zoom on Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. Materials kits with zoom meeting info will be available for pick up the day before in Chico: https://www.facebook.com/events/1506277146210673(opens in new window)

4 block HOME painting

2. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSU, Chico will be having their fall virtual class preview on Wednesday, August 19 at 10 a.m. OLLI is an educational program for lifelong learners age 50 and better who are eager to explore traditional and new areas of knowledge – without exams or grades: https://www.facebook.com/events/329419441407311(opens in new window)

OLLI Virtual Class Preview poster

3. Host a virtual murder mystery party! Red Herring's multilayered games with themes such as Murder in the Alps and Murder at Merkister Hall can now be adapted for virtual gatherings: https://www.timeout.com/sydney/news/you-can-now-host-your-own-virtual-murder-mystery-party-040820(opens in new window)

rope for murder mystery game


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected August 4

1. Cirque de Soleil is taking the show online with new performances uploaded every Friday on CirqueConnect: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueconnectCirque de Soleil poster

2. The Groundlings, the LA-Based improvisation and sketch comedy theatre whose alumni include Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, and Lisa Kudrow, are putting on an online version of the long-form improv show, The Crazy Uncle Joe Show, every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for $8: https://purchase.groundlings.com/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=10792

The Crazy Uncle Joe Show poster

3. In order to experience attractions virtually, Disneyland is offering ride-through videos for 25 of their rides, including the Jungle Cruise, Peter Pan's flight, It's a Small World, and more: https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/the-25-best-disneyland-rides

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

4. People have gotten creative the last few months with quarantine-themed cakes. Test out your baking and art skills with a quarantine cake of your own!: https://www.timeout.com/news/the-funniest-quarantine-cakes-weve-seen-on-the-internet-so-far-032620

collage of quarantine-style cakes


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected July 30

1. Professor Jed Wyrick (CORH) and his brother, Eric, concertmaster for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, perform Beethoven Fest: Violin Sonata No. 1 for the NJSO Couch Concert Series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V98VDq6qtRk

2. L. Ash Williams, host committee chair for the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam and a member of the 2013 louderARTS National Poetry Slam team, has her poem "Red Wine Spills" featured on poets.org for their Poem-A-Day: https://poets.org/poem/red-wine-spills

Headshot of poet L. Ash Williams


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected July 27

1. Sherri Mitchell and Brenda Salgado host "Indigenous Wisdom for Healing Trauma," a live online conversation exploring Native American mythology and cosmology as a means of healing our collective wounds on Saturday, August 1 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indigenous-wisdom-for-healing-trauma-tickets-107264089780?aff=ebdssbonlinebrowse(opens in new window)

Night sky

2. Artists Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Gillian Wearing, Michael Landy and others have come together to create a free, downloadable activity book called "Art Is Where the Home Is": https://www.timeout.com/london/news/grayson-perry-antony-gormley-and-gillian-wearing-create-at-home-pack-for-budding-artists-040120(opens in new window)

Coloring book page


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected July 23

1. Professor Laird Easton (HIST) had his essay on the history of pandemics and the economy featured in the Washington Post's "Made by History" series: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/07/23/good-news-pandemics-typically-dont-crush-economy-long-term(opens in new window)

Laird Easton headshot


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected July 22

1. Do you enjoy writing letters? The residents of the retirement and assisted living community Victorian Senior Care are looking for pen pals: https://www.facebook.com/VictorianSeniorCare/photos/pcb.3418996338119277/3418906454794932(opens in new window)

Senior residents holding whiteboards

2. St. Michal Cinema brought outdoor live music back to Minnesota with social distancing precautions. Attendees were given a pool noodle to measure the space between groups and lawn chairs were placed on marked lines: https://www.musicinminnesota.com/the-suburbs-show-us-the-new-face-of-live-music/?fbclid=IwAR1tYu5zguOZvd5kTaERutdZnxotIpvtXm2seFqFTQo1j34Ip9glp74iUS0(opens in new window)

People in lawn chairs 6 feet apart


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected July 21

1. Art faculty Rouben Mohiuddin’s design firm, Design SI, is finalizing their first pro bono floor plan in collaboration with Rancho Engineering and Rebuild Paradise Foundation for the town of Paradise: https://www.instagram.com/p/CC4nVHcg80j/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link(opens in new window) 

Design for Paradise
 

2. Recent graduate Jory Harms (Sculpture MFA) had his thesis project "Boy Will Be" featured in "Hyperallergenic": https://hyperallergic.com/572693/exceptional-mfa-work-from-three-northern-california-art-schools/(opens in new window)

sculpture "Boy Will Be"


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected July 20

1. While spending more time at home, learn Japanese, or another language, online for free: https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/things-to-do/learn-japanese-language-for-free-online(opens in new window)

A laptop computer

2. Sadler's Wells, London's home of dance, is streaming shows and dance workshops for all ages for free: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/sadlers-wells-digital-stage/(opens in new window)

Woman stretching for dance class

3. Sir Patrick Stewart is posting a Shakespearian sonnet a day on his twitter @SirPatStew during self-isolation: https://twitter.com/SirPatStew(opens in new window)

Sir Patrick Stewart

4. "John Lewis: Good Trouble" is available now to watch in theaters and on demand. The documentary chronicles Lewis' 60 plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration using interviews and rare archival footage: https://www.johnlewisgoodtrouble.com/?fbclid=IwAR2JoDCEQ_GZvtINJqPJM3QiSKQF2GgS86ZDfmZQwyidrDVVUF7tPWQBprs(opens in new window)

Post by Cyndi Lauper on John Lewis documentary

5. Singer/songwriter James Taylor has created a “Songs of Comfort” Facebook page with a weekly link to a video of a song he performs: https://www.facebook.com/watch/JamesTaylor/198054681535032/(opens in new window)

Headshot of James Taylor


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected July 15

1. Cornelius Eady, co-founder of Cave Canem, had his poem "Diabolic" featured as poets.org's Poem-a-Day: https://poets.org/poem/diabolic. The quote at the top of the poem is from Phillis Wheatley's poem "On Being Brought from Africa to America": https://poets.org/poem/being-brought-africa-america

Cornelius Eady headshot


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected July 13

1.Luis Santos, CSU, Chico alumnus (MUTA), has produced a video dedicated to front-line responders called "Frontier Faces (While We Sleep)": https://www.actionnewsnow.com/content/news/Frontier-Faces-song-and-video-made-by-Chico-State-grad-571736871.html(opens in new window)

Luis Santos video for front-line responders

2. Audible has made hundreds of its books available for free to encourage students to continue to explore literature while schools are closed: https://stories.audible.com/discovery(opens in new window)

Audible website

3. In "The Show Must Go Online," a live-streaming reading group is performing all of Shakespeare's plays in order. Visit Rob Myles' YouTube page to view previous readings, or stream "Much Ado About Nothing" live on July 15: https://www.youtube.com/user/robmyles/featured(opens in new window)

Shakespeare drawing

4. Check out virtual tours offered by museums from around the world including the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, and more: https://www.timeout.com/travel/virtual-museum-tours(opens in new window)

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

5.Poet, educator, speaker and social advocate Enzo Silon Surin had his poem "When Night Fills with Premature Exits" featured on poets.org: https://poets.org/poem/when-night-fills-premature-exits(opens in new window)

Poet Enzo Silon Surin

6. WNYC in collaboration with The Public Theater presents Free Shakespeare on the Radio's production of Richard II. This serialized broadcast airs in four parts on WNYC.org July 13–July 16 starting at 5 p.m. PST: https://publictheater.org/productions/season/1920/richard-ii/?utm_source=Newsletter%3A+This+Week+On+WNYC&utm_campaign=f1ceaa70aa-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_08_14_04_44_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0473b3d0b8-f1ceaa70aa-77021321&mc_cid=f1ceaa70aa&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID%5d

Richard II logo


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected July 9

1. Sean Hill, award-winning poet, had his poem "Governor's Mansion Hands" featured on poets.org:https://poets.org/poem/governors-mansion-hands

Sean Hill


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected July 7

1. Author Krysten Hill's poem "Nothing" is featured on poets.org: https://poets.org/poem/nothing?mc_cid=c3e275c074&mc_eid=57baf7f2da(opens in new window)

Krysten Hill


#PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected July 6

1. The Great Performances at the Met series continues with Gershwin's folk opera, Porgy and Bess on Friday, July 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). This primetime production stars Eric Owens and Angel Blue: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/gp-at-the-met-porgy-and-bess-about-the-opera/11582/(opens in new window)

Stars of Porgy and Bess

2. Toi Derricotte, author and co-founder of Cave Canem, had her poem "Why I don't write about George Floyd" featured on poem-a-day: https://poets.org/poem/why-i-dont-write-about-george-floyd?mc_cid=43c2be7a0a&mc_eid=57baf7f2da(opens in new window)

Toi Derricotte

3. Shudder will be featuring the documentary "Horror Noire." Create an account to watch the documentary for free: https://twitter.com/horrornoirefilm/status/1274016399019503616/photo/1(opens in new window)

Horror Noire flyer

4. The Show Must Go On! will be streaming "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" on YouTube on Friday, July 10 (available for 48 hours). This is their final weekly musical-theater production until at least mid-August: https://www.timeout.com/news/the-shows-must-go-on-watch-hit-musicals-streaming-free-on-youtube-070620(opens in new window)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

5. Street artists are expressing their thoughts about COVID-19 and quarantine through their art: https://www.timeout.com/news/from-rio-to-copenhagen-heres-the-best-street-art-inspired-by-our-strange-times-042020(opens in new window)

Quarantine street art

6. 10 tourist spots from around the world including the Trevi Fountain in Rome and Old Town Square in Prague are offering live webcams to view their destinations from home: https://www.timeout.com/travel/webcams-of-empty-tourist-spots(opens in new window)

St. Mark's Square in Venice