Live Performance May Be on Pause, but Arts Students Continue Their Studies with Hope

Few businesses have been as directly and instantly demolished by the pandemic as the over $50 billion a year performing arts industry. With social distancing measures placing limits on crowds, theater, live concerts and dance performances have been canceled or postponed. On college campuses, in-person instruction has moved online. Essentially, the performing arts industry is gasping to stay alive.

And though artists have been laser-focused on the immediate logistics of setting up Zoom rehearsals and live-streaming platforms, studios still sit empty, and theaters remain dark. How will the COVID-19 era affect the industry in the years to come?

Many performing arts college students, who are essentially pursuing a degree in something that does not currently exist, are asking this question. In the current climate, an arts education requires a great leap of faith.

Pacific Chorale Dips Its Toe Back into Performing with a Soothing Psalm for COVID Times

The Pacific Chorale has jumped out of the gate early in this pandemic-impaired season with a self-produced video project. Released on Sept. 29, the pre-recorded performance of Bobby McFerrin’s Psalm 23 is, appropriately, like a Zoom meeting on steroids, with some 80 singers and conductor Robert Istad joining in remotely. It opens with the singers removing their masks.

While the majority of Orange County's arts and culture organizations and venues remain physically closed; virtual/streaming offerings are thriving, and some outdoor venues are beginning their phased re-openings. Arts Orange County is pleased to combine its recommendations for online enrichment with some good news about places you can now visit personally. ArtsOC and Voice of OC continue to urge everyone to follow the State and County's current precautionary guidelines as they venture out. Masks and distancing save lives. 


Newport Beach Film Festival Goes Virtual!

Orange County's swankiest annual celebration of film has re-created itself online, with hundreds of new, cutting edge feature films, documentaries, and shorts from the most exciting artists working in film today. Purchased films can be streamed at home all during the run of the festival, and unlimited passes are available  DETAILS »


Three Day Pop Up Gallery

The Hugo Rivera Gallery in Laguna Beach presents an outdoor exhibition of the works of 20 Festival of the Arts exhibitors, open through this month's Art Walk, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Artists' Fund  DETAILS »


Free Virtual Programs with NBPL

The Newport Beach Public Library has created online versions of many of its beloved programs - including author lectures, memoir writing workshops, Sunday concerts, and more  DETAILS »


Virtual School Tour: Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Take your kids on an expedition from the safety of home, as scientists and naturalists take you on an educational guided tour over Zoom of this wonder of the local ecosystem and all the forms of life it supports  DETAILS »

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