Your guide to virtual activities.
With all the time we’ve spent in our homes, having access to quality entertainment and educational resources has been paramount. As business begins reopening, some of you may be out and about enjoying our partners in person. Others, still having groceries delivered and streaming their entertainment. Everyone’s personal “reopening plan” looks different.
That said, many of our partners have developed a variety of fantastic virtual activities to enjoy from home as we go through the process, and we want to share them with you!
Virtual Film Screenings
deadCenter Film Festival
MovieMaker magazine named it one of “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Free in 2018,” and it keeps getting better. Known as the largest of its kind in Oklahoma, deadCenter will be returning for its 20th year online using the latest streaming technologies from June 11-21.
Buying an All Access Pass (available now for half price) is the way to go. You get access to the impressive lineup of award-winning films, filmmaker panels, celebrity discussions, screenplay readings and film classes, plus, you get to enjoy pop-up Drive-In experiences.
Find out what’s playing at this year’s virtual festival here.
The Tower Theatre Virtual Cinema is offering a lineup of cinematic content from around the world. In most cases, your ticket purchase allows you access to the film for five days. Plus, every purchase benefits Uptown 23rd Street’s most iconic landmark.
Tower has also recently partnered up with Magnolia Selects, an on-demand streaming service curated by Magnolia Pictures (if you’re unfamiliar, just know you are sure to find lesser-known gems). Now through 6/30/20, you can use the promo code MOVIE735 when you purchase a subscription and Tower Theatre Cinema will receive 100% of the proceeds.
Stockyards City’s nonprofit movie theatre is continuing its mission to promote, engage and enrich community consciousness through film with its virtual screening rooms. With 20+ films across countless genres, any selection is sure to be stimulating.
You’ll even find some of the very latest releases, like “Shirley,” starring Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men,” “The Handmaid’s Tale”).
Virtual Museum & Art Gallery Tours
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum’s Virtual Hope Trunk
Now you can explore the Memorial Museum’s collection of artifacts in a whole new way. This new online resource is a great way to teach the story of the Oklahoma City bombing and the lessons learned from it.
There are two Hope Trunks available now that have been curated based on a theme. The first is a 25th Anniversary Virtual Hope Trunk, which teaches the Looking Back, Thinking Forward mission of the Memorial. The other is The Oklahoma Standard Hope Trunk, which shows examples of the community showing up to serve, rising up to honor and stepping up to be kind. Both are touching and educational experience for all ages.
Factory Obscura’s Mix-Tape 360
If you haven’t yet set foot inside the 6,000-square-foot immersive art experience that is Mix-Tape, we highly recommend doing so when Factory Obscura reopens to the public. Until then, you can take a virtual tour of this fantasy land, handcrafted by a collective of Oklahoma City artists.
Admission to Mix-Tape 360 is a suggested donation of any amount. Every donation supports Factory Obscura’s mission to support, create and awaken.
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Renegades
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art has extended its current exhibit, Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture, to be available online for free.
From your computer or a virtual reality-compatible device, you can explore the imaginative and ever-changing world of architecture and design under the guidance of Bruce Goff, Herb Greene and others at the University of Oklahoma in the 1950s and 1960s.
Sam Noble Museum at Home
Oklahoma’s Museum of Natural History is offering activities, videos and other fun and educational resources to keep young minds stimulated at home. You’ll find STEM activities, coloring pages, art contests to enter, movie nights and more as it’s added.
You can also schedule a virtual tour of the Museum itself!
Arts and Culture Education
Oklahoma City Ballet’s Virtual Intensives
Have an aspiring dancer in your midst? The Oklahoma City Ballet is continuing its 12-year tradition of providing world-renowned intensives for young dancers, but this time through virtual instruction. Two intensives are available now for registration; the Virtual Intensive is for ages 13-23 and the Virtual Young Dancer Intensive is for ages 9-12.
Sooner Theatre’s Virtual Classes
Nourish the little performer in your life by signing them up for one of Sooner Theatre’s summer performing arts camps! Both virtual and in-person classes are available for students entering Pre-K through 8th grade. From dancing, singing, acting and magic, these camps are a great way to keep creativity flowing this summer.
Goddard Center’s Dancing Classes
The Goddard Center instructors have been dancing their way through the past few months and sharing their moves on its YouTube channel. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the Rumba, Waltz or the Basic Jive, now’s a great time! You’ll also find videos teaching you techniques for various visual arts media.
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s Trail Talk
This is your chance to experience the Wild West from the comfort of your home. Twice weekly, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center hosts free Zoom broadcasts that cover a variety of topics related to the Chisholm Trail. Wednesdays focus on the diversity of life along the trail, and Thursdays highlight art and artists of the American West. All programs begin at 3 p.m. Check out the schedule here.
What do you think of these virtual activities and educational resources? Are there any you’re going to try this week? Let us know in the comments below!