Art In Place

A Guide To Online Arts Experiences To Enjoy While We Shelter In Place

Yes, the museums are closed, and Frida Kahlo, the Girl With the Pearl Earring, and the Mona Lisa are taking a well deserved break.

While complying with the Shelter in Place order means staying at home, it doesn't mean you have to miss out on enjoying the arts!

You too can take a break and enjoy these FREE virtual art experiences collected by board members and friends of the Lamorinda Arts Council. Our list covers many art genres and will be updated weekly.

Send your own suggestions for Art In Place to us at

List updated: 5/23/2020
*Denotes new listings for this week

All Art Forms
#CREATEATHOME Virtual resources for creating at home curated by Create CA
CNN CNN's art webpage full of link to opera, concerts, ballet and museums all over the world
JPG@TheBank Gabriel Schama Art Reception with Gold Coast Chamber Players
Dance and Movement
American Ballet Theatre* World's top ballerinas unite for virtual performance
City of Orinda Comprehensive list of nutritional, educational, and recreational activities and fun resources for all ages
Galen Hooks* Seven-minute "Purple Rain" Guided Movement Meditation
Green Buddha Shelter in Place with Green Buddha describes a daily yoga pose curated by yoga instructor Jeanne Dowell and sent to you via email; sign up at
Joy In Motion Joy in Motion is providing free curated DANCE resources to their friends, families, and neighbors during the shelter in place
Kate Hutchinson (via Kinetic Arts) 10-minute Kitchen Ballet Barre class
Performing Academy Virtual dance class series with Performing Academy teaching artists on YouTube
Reneff-Olson Productions* Inspired by social distancing guidelines and “shelter-in-place” mandates in the era of COVID-19, SHELTER offers a glimpse of how 26 professional dancers across the globe are experiencing the pandemic, and captures artists' resilience in the face of unprecedented times.
Artsy plenty of enticing offerings when it comes to the visual arts
Camp Galileo Anywhere Imagination-sparking activities for kids, updated weekly
Disney On Broadway Lion King Experience Disney on Broadway has unlocked the curriculum for the Lion King Experience program for kids age 8-11 or 12-15
EduHam at Home Extension of the Hamilton Education Program, FREE to all families of K-12 students during Covid-19 outbreak
St. Mary's College Resources for educators, including guide for River of Words, youth art and poetry inspired by the natural world
The Kennedy Center All 15 episodes of Mo Willems popular Lunch Doodles series
Walt Disney Studios Learn to draw with Disney and Pixar animators
Young Actors Theatre Camp Follow @campYATC on Instagram for master classes and online performance opportunities for students
Film and Animation
Classic Arts Showcase Can be viewed on the Internet 24/7. CAS is a non-profit, non-commercial satellite channel broadcasting a mix of classic arts including classical music, opera, dance, jazz, theatre, solo vocal, choral and chamber music, animation and more. Free app available for Apple TV.
Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley Article entitled: "Twelve films That Highlight the Best in Humanity" from the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley
KANOPY - Contra Costa County Library Free streaming of films all you need is a Library card
Spirituality & Practice Variety of resources for multifaith and interspiritual journeys - arts, films, books, blogs, practices, explorations
TheCinemaholic For those who really care about the world of arts, these documentaries open up a massive world of information and insight
Video of Animation Process Video showing how animators create a video with a squirrel conducting classical music to a forest full of animals
Humor and Just For Fun
DeMilked Series of images of museum patrons who match the artwork they are viewing, by photographer, Stefan Draschan
Google Arts and Culture Transform your photo in the style of an iconic artist
Les Mis family Viral video of the Marsh family sharing their lockdown-themed coronavirus pandemic in the style of Les Misérables
Leslie Noel Studios* Stay at Tone Moms, a vocal group based in Lafayette, do a humorous take on Closer to Fine by the Indigo Girls
Part of Your World parody Musical parody of Part of Your World by Mina Lim, local 8th grader and daughter of LAC Board Member
Quarantine Through Art Video depicting the highs and lows of shelter in place through famous works of art
ShakeUp Music Bird song opera; Listen to an audiovisual twitterstorm performed by some feathered fellows, 3.29 minutes
Live Events and Webcams
East Bay Regional Park District* Tune in for this kid-friendly virtual campfire program Sat. 5/23 at 7pm. This activity will feature Naturalist Morgan Guenther singing songs and showing viewers how to search for animal signs while they “camp” at home.
Frida Kahlo Museum La Casa Azul gives you an interactive tour of Frida Kahlo’s house; explore rooms, gallery, gardens and nearby streets.
Performing Academy Performing Academy invites students and guest artists to perform Live from the Living Room every Sunday at 7pm via Facebook Live
Monterey Bay Aquarium Live web cams features sea otters, kelp forest, coral reef, aviary, jelly fish, moon jelly fish and penguins.
New Conservatory Theatre SF NCTV Live and 5, Facebook Live events every Friday at 5pm with a variety of theatre professionals playing games and performing just for the fun of it!
Oakland Zoo Live webcams feature grizzly bears, sun bears, black bears, elephants and condors.
WomenSing Lafayette choral group offers a virtual Sing-A-Long every Wednesday at 6:30pm on Zoom until the SIP order is lifted
Museums, Galleries, 2D/3D Artwork
Art Space Blog Blog post with ideas for visual games to do during shelter in place
ArtNet News Editors' picks for virtual art experiences
ArtNet News Visit 500 international museums from the comfort of your own home
Avril Angevine A short lecture by Avril Angevine on Bay Area Figurative painter David Park and his influence on the art world
Avril Angevine Brief lecture on Bay Area painter Selden Connor Gile and the "Society of Six" by Avril Angevine
Bay Area Studio Artists Virtual Inspired By exhibit on YouTube
BBC Link to episodes of BBC's A History of the World in 100 Objects podcast
Betsy Streeter Follow Lafayette cartoonist and illustrator @betsystreeter on Instagram and visit her website to read Sloth and Manatee, a new cartoon about life, and friendship, and nature
Campolindo HS Campo Virtual Art Show 2020
Del Rey Art Gallery Follow @delreyneighborhoodgallery on Instagram for ideas for kids and adults for art activities, tag your work with #delreyneighborhoodgallery
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Watch videos about art and art making from both the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor in San Francisco
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Museums from Home Newsletter Archive: anchored by our permanent collection, each installment explores the intersection of art and issues of our time
Getty Center Twitter thread showing people recreating famous works of art using objects they have at home
Getty Museum Getty Artworks Recreated with Household Items by Creative Geniuses the World Over
Google Arts and Culture Explore panoramic views of famous sites in 360˚ Street View tours
HFR Chinese Street Artist Chinese artist paints with spectacular techniques
Jim Van Der Zee Immersive Vincent van Gogh immersive art experience exhibit, Art Alive Atelier des Lumieres, Paris
Lamorinda Arts Council Recap of our most recent Art Embraces Words event, which took place Jan 19, 2020
Lamorinda Arts Council Around the World at 80 video by Susan Garell of artwork, artist reception and awards ceremony in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library on July 17, 2016; all artists are aged 80 or more
Moraga Art Gallery Virtual tour of the Moraga Art Gallery
SFMOMA Photographer Tomoko Sawada explains how self-portraits can reveal the relationship between our inner and outer worlds
St. Mary's College Museum of Art Guide to wildflowers of California, including coloring pages of California wild flowers
The New York Times The New York Times collection of 10 conversations about art via podcast
Unsplash A place for photographers to upload photos which are used copyright free worldwide
Vatican Museum & Gardens Video and virtual tours of the many individual Vatican Museums and gardens
Music and Singing
ABC Radio Brisbane 1000 Singers, 18 Countries
Amira Willighagen Performance of O Mio Babbino Caro by Amira Willighagen, a Dutch soprano singer who won Holland's Got Talent in 2013 at the age of 9
Berkeley Playhouse BPH cast of cancelled musical In the Heights
Berkeley Playhouse Four of the actors who played the role of Annie in BPH's 2011 and 2017 productions came together from their homes to record the beloved song "Tomorrow" for you all
Chase Center Free to Spotify users: Chase Center has curated playlists that bring Chase Center artists to you!
Lamorinda Idol Singers Lamorinda Idol 2019 singers Kiera Glenn & Elizabeth Becker entertain us on YouTube with guitar/vocals for “Dusty Trails.” Lamorinda Idol is a Lamorinda Arts Council program.
Leslie Noel Studios Compilation of the inspiring Leslie Noel's vocal students singing You Will Be Found from Dear Even Hansen
Metropolitan Opera Streaming free opera every night
NPR Intimate musical video performances recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Bollen of NPR music
Pacific Chamber Orchestra A behind the scenes loook at creating a new musical work: Mythos~Vikings to Shakers
PBS Yo-Yo Ma's "Songs of Comfort" through PBS
Peter Pan Foundation Follow @ppfmagic on Instagram for regular servings of love and light for teens, families, performers, really everyone!
Podcasts by Lawrence Kohl Listen to Conductor Lawrence Kohl's interview exploring the role of Pacific Chamber Orchestra's Concertmaster, Igor Veligan
SF Symphony Memorable concerts from the past, all recorded live at the Herbst Theatre from 2004–08
SF Symphony View the Jerusalem Quartet's Front Row concert which includes Mozart, Shostakovich, Brahms and Debussy
SF Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score series
Xfinity/Comcast Subscribers can search for “Music Choice” – 50 categories of music to choose from included with all subscription levels at no extra cost
Nature and Travel
Keukenhof Virtual tour of tulips in full bloom at Keukenhof, the world's biggest flower garden, located in Lisse, Holland
NatGeo@Home To celebrate Earth Day, NatGeo@Home is "hosting" neighborhood safaris to inspire everyone to engage as a family to explore the planet through its amazing animals
National Geographic Recommended photo books perfect for armchair travels
Theatrical Performances
California Shakespeare Theatre Cal Shakes programming including video lectures by Dramaturg, Philippa Kelly, and monologues by Bay Area actors
Globe Theatre* In times of solitude from their place of sanctuary, artists share some of the greatest words ever written
Moulin Rouge! the Musical A look back at the journey to Broadway for Moulin Rouge! The Musical
PBS Great Performances Check in frequently for new resources from PBS Great Performances
Theatre Bay Area A guide to local live stream performances, recorded performances, and online classes