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Travel the World & More Remote Learning Opportunities From Your Couch

COVID-19 kept the majority of people home. Not only were schools, social events, sports all cancelled or moved online, many of people’s travel plans were postponed and or revoked. Whether visiting family in another state or looking to visit a famous landmark, so many of us have been homebound these past months.

I have found how a way to travel the globe without leaving my house. In fact, I have had the opportunity over the past four months to attend cooking classes, virtually walk the streets of London on a Harry Potter tour, participate in art and history lectures, and even listen to conversations with internationally acclaimed designers, writers, and health experts. I learned to make gnocchi with a chef in Italy and tagine cooking in Morocco. I made steak and frites and traveled to Brazil to watch a chef demonstrate classic Brazilian  cooking.

Indagare is a travel company and their mission is to inspire and empower people to change their lives through travel. When the pandemic hit this travel company created a global classroom hosting virtual travel and exploration for all.

This week our excursions include virtual adventures from Ancient Egypt and Rome to the worlds of Marie Antoinette and Harry Potter. My daughter and I travel virtually, as well as bake and taste our way around the globe starting with a  backyard safari, a beekeeping and baking class, pizza-making, painting and photography lessons, among other activities.

After participating in a Lecture with Q&A: Contemporary Black Art in America I was introduced to amazing artists, some who I already knew and others I was enamored to learn more about:

  • Kerry James Marshall
  • Sam Gilliam
  • Mark Bradford
  • Lorna Simpson
  • Nari Ward
  • Hank Willis Thomas
  • Rashid Johnson
  • Nick Cave
  • Mickalene Thomas
  • Kehinde Wiley
  • Fred Wilson
  • Simone Leigh
  • Toyin Ojih Odutola
  • Wole Lagunju
  • Devan Shimoyama
  • Grace Lynne Haynes
  • Njideka Akunyili Crosby
  • Tschabalala Self
  • Kara Walker
  • Julie Mehretu
  • Derrick Adams
  • Wangechi Mutu
  • Charles Gaines
  • Faith Ringgold
  • Betye Saar
  • Howardena Pindell

Wole Lagunju

There is a lot talk about learning loss during COVID-19 but that does not have to be the case. So many companies like Indagare are providing free content for the public. You can take virtual tours of many museums that still remain closed. Multiple museums are offering online lectures and Zoom conversations with authors, artists, and historians like The Jewish Heritage Museum in New York and the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

Many of the workshops provide follow up materials and web links for further interest. For example, I attended Understanding Anne Frank with Teresien da Silva, presented by the Museum of Jewish Heritage which provided a recording of the program on their YouTube channelAdditionally, a few resources that may be of interest were shared:
As well as some recommended reading:

If you are like me with an appetite for learning, travel, and enhancing your mind, body, and spirit there are so many valuable virtual experiences for everyone. If you are looking for more options, also consider:


Google Arts & Culture

King Arthur Baking’s “The Isolation Baking Show”


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Arts & Culture in a time of Social Distance

I love visiting museums, watching theater, listening to symphonies, and seeing guest speakers discuss engaging topics. Now that we are ordered to stay home, my tickets for events scheduled these upcoming months have been rescheduled or cancelled. Despite these cancellations, closings, and rescheduling,  I will continue to engage in various arts and culture activities remotely.  If you are looking for more arts and culture to add to your daily listening and screenings, here are six websites that allow you to connect with these experiences.

  1. Google Arts & Culture is a great place to explore. My daughter and I spent a week exploring The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks in Utah, Alaska, Florida, New Mexico, and Hawaii. Each place allowed us to listen to interviews with park rangers, explore amazing places in the park with a 360 degree virtual tour, and see other magnificent videos of wildlife, flowing lava in Hawaii, and more. There are art collections and even space travel on this website arranged by themes, virtual tours, collections, and street views.


2. In New York City the 92nd Street Y has offered so many wonderful programs, lectures, speakers, classical music, and readings. Unfortunately this center is currently closed, but you can still access some of their archived arts and culture events. This past week I listened to interviews with the cast of Schitt’s Creek and another interview with Lizzo. Check out the 92nd Street Y archives for lots more.

3. I miss Broadway theater so much and I have found that you can watch Broadway online. Some shows are streaming on Netflix like American Son, Sweeney Todd and Shrek the Musical,  others like SpongeBob Musical and Fiddler on the Roof on Amazon Prime, and a few classic productions are on BroadwayHD like the King and I, Cats, and Les Miserables. For a complete list and links, check out this article fromBroadway.com. If you just want to hear the music, BroadwayWorld partnered with Broadway performers to launch a series of “Living Room Concerts” to bring video performances direct to you from the living rooms of Broadway performers. The first video is from Jagged Little Pill’s Kathryn Gallagher, performing “You Learn.”

4. All of our museums are closed but that does not mean you cannot view current exhibitions. You can follow many of these museums on social media or visit museum websites. The Getty Museum in California wrote an article “How to Explore Art While the Getty Galleries Are Closed” for virtual visits and to keep people’s spirits up. There are podcasts, online exhibits, books, and resources that anyone can access to learn, view and interact with art, art history, and culture. In fact, if you haven’t seen or heard about the Getty’s art challenge for people at home, check it out on Twitter and get involved. Here is the challenge: Recreate a work of art with objects (and people) in your home.

The images people have shared have been amazing.

5. Open Culture is another resource that provides free movies, audio books, online courses. You can even find book recommendations from all different people who are known as experts in their fields like Carl Sagan, Henry Miller, and feminist reading lists. For example, Neil DeGrasse Tyson lists “8 books Every Intelligent Person Should Read.”  I now have a few more books to add to my to-be-read list.

6. We Are Teachers has provided “The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities.” So many amazing authors, illustrators, and artists are sharing their work online. Some are reading aloud and others are offering writing prompts and drawing lessons. You can watch them all at once or take them in small bites. Those of you who grew up with Reading Rainbow, remember host and creator, LeVar Burton. Well, his podcast LeVar Burton Reads” is a collection of stories from all different authors and for all different ages. I cannot wait for him to read aloud Jason Reynolds’ Look Both Ways this spring.

Bottom line, there are so many amazing resources at our fingertips to keep us engaged with arts, culture, intellectual conversations, and rich experiences. Stay curious, be well, and be safe.

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