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Appreciating Art in the Age of COVID-19


It is no secret that Kalamazoo is home to some truly amazing art. Just because we cannot meet in person does not mean we should miss out on the excellent works that our community puts forth. Here are some venues that provide alternative ways to view art from the safety and comfort of your home!

Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo (ACGK): Virtual Art Hop

Starting in spring 2020, ACGK altered its Art Hop series so that patrons could observe pieces virtually and “Hop From Home.” Held each month and displayed on ACGK’s Facebook page, Art Hop features work from a variety of artists including dance, theatre, music, painting, ceramics, photography, and more. ACGK’s next Virtual Art Hop is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 5.

Glass Arts Kalamazoo: Virtual and Take-Home Classes

It is never too late to explore a new artform, which is why it is so cool that Glass Arts Kalamazoo offers virtual and take-home classes where customers can design an object and have a glassblower bring it to life. Suncatchers, beer mugs, and bud vases are just a few of the pieces that are available to create. Be sure to visit Glass Arts’ site for more information on available classes and sessions.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA): Online Collection

With a collection that features works by names like Alexander Calder, Janet Fish, Helen Frankenthaler, and Andy Warhol, the KIA has no shortage of breathtaking art. Luckily, patrons still have an opportunity to observe each piece on the institute’s website. With more than 4,000 works of art, there is sure to be something for art enthusiasts of all tastes and backgrounds.

Rootead Enrichment Center (Rootead): Virtual Programming

The good people at Rootead wanted to create a virtual outlet for cultural activities and dance, so that is just what they did. Lil Roots provides children ages 8-12 the opportunity to express themselves through dance, movement, meditation, yoga, and more. Patrons can also learn and observe African drum and dance thanks to Rootead’s virtual library!

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC): Virtual Workshops and Events

Closing out this list is the KBAC, where the collaborative art of books is promoted through papermaking, printmaking, letterpress, bookbinding, and creative writing. In the coming months, the center will host virtual galleries, poetry, and illustrative events. Additionally, book lovers can partake in virtual workshops that teach bookbinding, iris folding, paste painting, and more.

This list only scratches the surface of what Kalamazoo has to offer in terms of artistry during the age of COVID-19. We hope that it has given our audience an idea of how to observe and appreciate our community’s art in a safe way. Do you know of any venues or organizations we did not include? Feel free to share them with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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