The pandemic required arts organizations to pivot swiftly from “in-person” arts education programming to “virtual.” Many discovered that even in a time of great social isolation, the arts are a conduit for meaningful connection and interaction. As schools reopen and virtual programming becomes less essential, what is the value in continuing virtual programs? How can arts organizations utilize virtual platforms to break down economic and distance barriers and broaden access to arts education? In this session, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts shares strategies for designing responsive, interactive virtual arts education programs by highlighting examples of its virtual programming. Additionally, participants can explore opportunities, challenges and potential solutions for continuing virtual programming beyond the pandemic through a visioning exercise. Presenters discuss assessment of demand, communication tactics, inclusive virtual learning experiences and teaching artist training and support.
Bryna Shindell, Assistant Director, National and Affiliate Services, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Cate Bechtold, Director, Internships and Community Programs, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Valerie Branch, Master Teaching Artist, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
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