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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 June 30

    1. A string quartet performed at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona to an audience of 2,300 plants. Watch the performance of Giacomo Puccini’s “Crisantemi” here: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/barcelona-opera-string-quartet-plant-performance-1019406/?fbclid=IwAR3TSh4bj9OXmBhBcRVVKdlz50kFuqX_l1nYHw-uncQM9MtqnTu4kmAteO0(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    String quartet plays to plants

    2. Listen to children’s books read aloud by Betty White and astronauts. Betty White delivers(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window) "Harry the Dirty Dog" at storylineonline.ne(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)t(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window). At Story Time from Space(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window), astronauts aboard the International Space Station read books and perform demonstrations. Lack of gravity makes it extra fun: 
    https://www.storylineonline.net/books/harry-the-dirty-dog/(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window) 
    https://storytimefromspace.com/if-i-were-an-astronaut-2/(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Betty White reads children's book Astronaut reads children's book

    3. 113 museums from around the world are offering free downloads of coloring books. UMass Amherst, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, etc. offer illustrations of anthropomorphized mandrake roots, intricate Lithuanian maps, and more!: https://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Coloring book logo

    4. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has an online series of classical music available to stream: https://www.bso.org/brands/bso/at-home.aspx(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Boston Symphony Orchestra

    5. Go on a virtual art tour. The Museum of Fine Arts(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window) and the Institute of Contemporary Art(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window) offer access to their collections, plus videos of gallery tours, lectures, and artist interviews. The Boston Center for the Arts(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window) features the exhibitions "A Language for Intimacy" and "FeministFuturist."
    Museum of Fine Arts: https://mfa.org/
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    Institute of Contemporary Art: https://www.icaboston.org/
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    Boston Center for the Arts: https://bostonarts.org/experiences/exhibitions/(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Museum of Fine Arts logo Institute of Contemporary Art logo Boston Center for the Arts logo

    6. The Skippers rock the lockdown in London with a cover of the Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly”: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBdxsn2JNl-/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    The Skippers

    7. For a list of 75+ things to do while remaining #physicallydistantsociallyconnected, visit: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/03/magazine/75-things-do-while-coronavirus-has-you-stuck-home/(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Astronaut reading to child


    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected June 22

    1. The Boston Typewriter Orchestra, which has been together for 16 years, performs 'symphonies' using typewriter sounds: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/orchestra-performs-symphonies-using-typewriter-sounds/(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    2. BroadwayHD and Lincoln Center to Present Free Sing-Along Stream of Falsettos on Thursday, June 25 at 5 p.m. PST: https://www.playbill.com/article/broadwayhd-and-lincoln-center-to-present-free-sing-along-stream-of-falsettos(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    The cast of the Falsettos

    3. Workman Arts, the longest-running multidisciplinary arts and mental health organization in Canada, will be hosting a free virtual open house on Friday, June 26. RSVP here: https://workmanarts.com/events/spring-2020-virtual-open-house/(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Different types of art

    4. The Blue Room Theatre of Chico shares their upcoming performances. On Saturday, June 27, "Shakespeare In The Backyard" will be presented live via zoom and then released to Patreon. "On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco" and "Blue Stories" will be presented in July: http://blueroomtheatre.com/20152016-season/(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Blue Room Theatre logo

    5. The Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival announces the digital concert "Scroggins & Rose meet Chopin," taking place Saturday, June 27 at 5:00 p.m. PST. The concert features Alisa Rose on violin and Tristan Scroggins on mandolin with performances of Chopin's piano music by pianists Amy Zanrosso and Ian Scarfe. Admission is on a "pay what you can" basis. To attend, register at www.TrinityAlpsCMF.org(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window).

    Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival logo

    6. The Blue Room Theatre of Chico will be hosting week-long summer camps for children ages 9-16 now until August 14. If guidelines allow, the camp will take place in person at The Blue Room; if not, camp will occur via zoom. Email amber@blueroomtheatre.com(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window) to register or for more information: http://blueroomtheatre.com/(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Blue Room Theatre summer camp logo

    7. The Pageant Theatre in Chico is using its virtual cinema to highlight films that focus on Black Lives. Instead of the standard rental, the three are being offered for sale at $6.99 each or all three titles for $15 until June 30: http://pageantchico.com/(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Pageant Theatre logo

    8. Poet and professor Nikki GIovanni reads "Black Lives Matter" from her book "A Good Cry": https://youtu.be/ikpa5o3cu3Y(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    9. New York based poet, performer, visual artist and educator Pamela Sneed had her poem "I Can't Breathe" featured on poets.org: https://poets.org/poem/i-cant-breathe?mc_cid=3ff8629cd0&mc_eid=57baf7f2da(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Pamela Sneed

    10. Author Ross Gay had his poem "A Small Needful Fact" featured on poets.org: https://poets.org/poem/small-needful-fact(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Ross Gay


    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected June 18

    1. Drive-in concerts have begun springing up as an alternative to standing in a crowd to see a concert during the coronavirus pandemic. Here is Billboard’s list of upcoming drive-in concerts in the U.S.: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/concerts/9379646/drive-in-concerts-list-coronavirus(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    drive in concert

    2. The Skippers rock the lockdown in London with a cover of the Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly”: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBdxsn2JNl-/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    The Skippers

    3. Mercury Opera (Canada) will be having an outdoor concert series with very limited in-person guests as well as a zoom audience: https://www.facebook.com/mercuryoperaproductions/photos/a.126520284027234/3639040586108502/?type=3&theater(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Mercury Opera backporch


    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected June 15

    1. Broadway alum Jeremy Kushnier will star in Marc Palmieri's Zoom play "Still Waiting." This is the sequel to "Waiting for the Host." "Still Waiting" will be streamed on Facebook Live and YouTube beginning June 25 at 3:30 p.m. PST through June 29. "Waiting for the Host" will be available June 18-22: https://www.playbill.com/article/jeremy-kushnier-joins-jennifer-cody-and-more-in-virtual-redhouse-sequel-still-waiting(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Jeremy Kushnier


    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected June 11

    1. Parks, restaurants, cities, etc. from around the world have implemented creative ways to maintain social distancing: https://www.7x7.com/creative-examples-of-social-distancing-around-the-world-2646055129/san-franciscos-dolores-park-gets-human-parking-spots-for-social-distancing(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    SF park

    2. Street artists around the world react to life with COVID-19: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-street-artists-around-world-are-reacting-to-life-with-covid-19-180974712/(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    COVID-19 street art

    3. Barcelona roommates created the group Stay Homas at the start of the quarantine in Spain. They have been recording songs on their apartment balcony and have released 29 “confination” songs since the beginning of the quarantine: https://youtu.be/Hd0cN9HZIK8(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)


    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected June 10

    1. Philadelphia Orchestra premieres new work written for the pandemic: https://www.phillytrib.com/entertainment/music/philadelphia-orchestra-premieres-new-work-written-for-the-pandemic/article_9c2178ac-d4ab-5125-9f10-544eb46934e2.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

    Philadelphia Orchestra performing together in isolation


    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected June 9

    1. Professor William Nitzky (ANTH/member of Humanities Center) has released his new documentary, "Band the Drum." It is an educational film directed by Nitzky, shot in China and produced through ALVA: https://vimeo.com/422967661

    Bang the Drum from William Nitzky on Vimeo.


    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected June 8

    1. An article on Alliance for a Healthier Generation describes 5 ways for people to remain #physicallydistantsociallyconnected: https://www.healthiergeneration.org/articles/5-ways-to-stay-socially-connected-while-physically-distant(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Boy riding bike

    2. If you’re a thrill-seeker who is having trouble being cooped up, there’s nothing more exhilarating than a dog sled ride. Explore Fairbanks, a tourism authority in Alaska, with a 360-degree video on YouTube of dog sledding through a snowy forest: https://youtu.be/lX9Iphr8DrU(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)


    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected June 4

    1. Lilith Meredith writes a poem inspired by recent events concerning George Floyd entitled "Count Your Bruises." Click here to read the poem. Below is an acrylic on cardboard of George Floyd by Lilith Meredith entitled "George."

    George Floyd portrait

    2. Mawil Mateo (journalism and theatre arts double major) records a theatre performance from his living room. Photographed by Jason Halley, University Photographer: 
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/chicostate/albums/72157714370088943

    Student records performance in living room

     3. Tao Huang (agricultural business major) plays the pipa in his room. An international student from China, he stayed in California for the spring semester instead of returning home when instruction moved online. Photographed by Jason Halley, University Photographer:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/chicostate/albums/72157714370088943

    Student plays the pipa in his room

    4. Professor Cameron Crawford (ART) sets up a ceramic demonstration in his home studio for video recording. Photographed by Jason Halley, University Photographer:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/chicostate/albums/72157714370088943

    Crawford sets up a ceramic demonstration


    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected June 1

    1. Shelby Casey (SOA staff) performs "Grandpa" by the Judds, with lyrics of the chorus changed to reflect changes in society since the beginning of shelter-in-place: https://youtu.be/wSRoJdxQjLo(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

     


     
     

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