Virtual Classes and Experiences

Opportunities to Learn & Engage Online During COVID-19

While we’re all cooped up in our homes, here are some downtown businesses and organizations providing special activities, services, and classes. 

The Community School of Music and Arts 

Virtual Classes

Treat your artistic self to a virtual class in May! The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) welcomes adults, teens, and children to classes for the month of May in visual arts and dance. Hurry, these classes are still open and start soon!

All classes are designed to provide high-quality learning experiences from home, using everyday spaces and easily accessible materials, and meet once a week for four weeks.

Visual Arts 
Parent and Me Pre-school Art (ages 3-5) Starts May 9
Creative Craftivity Class (ages 8-11) Starts May 9

Art & Art History for Homeschoolers (ages 12-18) Starts May 13; register by May 8
Drawing Interior Spaces (ages 11-adult) Starts May 12

Dance
Pre-Ballet (ages 4-6) Starts May 9
Ballet for Kids (ages 7-12) Starts May 7
Modern Dance for Kids (ages 7-12) Starts May 8
Ballet for Adults (ages 13-adult) Starts May 9

Enroll now via CSMA’s website or contact education@csma-ithaca.org for assistance.

Private Instruction

Enjoy Virtual private instrument instruction with many of its talented musician educators during this time of physical distancing.Young child playing and instrument

If you are already a student with CSMA, please contact your individual instructor. If you would like to be matched with an instructor for virtual lessons, email education@csma-ithaca.org

Mighty Yoga

Free 15-minute yoga sessions each morning on Mighty Yoga’s Facebook Page.  Plus, regular yoga classes are available, too!  For more information on how to access Might Yoga’s At-Home classes, visit http://www.mightyyoga.com/online-class-faqs.

Cinemapolis movies at home

Cinemapolis is now offering a weekly slate of new films for patrons to view at home. The indie file theater is collaborating with independent film distributors like Film Movement, Kino Lorber, Magnolia Pictures, and Oscilloscope Laboratories to sell patrons “virtual tickets” for online rentals of current first-run releases.

For more information about this movie rental service, visit https://cinemapolis.org/

Circus Culture

Circus Culture recently launched a Circus At Home Program. Join the program at http://circusculture.org/circusathome or sponsor someone else’s membership, https://circus-culture.square.site. Join the circus virtually while staying connected, moving and creative. No equipment necessary, but rentals are available as well as membership sponsors and gift cards!

Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County Artists Live Stream Videos:

Daily updates on CAP’s Facebook page from local artists showcasing various art projects they are working on or have completed.

The Range Live Music Streaming

The Range, on its Facebook Page, is hosting live streams of local bands and artists performing from their homes or other locations. 

Hangar Theatre Quarantine Classes

Welcoming students from around the country who are experiencing at home learning.
 
April 21-May 19
Hopeful Reading: Play Reading and Discussion
10th Grade-Adult. Tuesdays, 3:30-6pm
Lead teacher: Hangar Theatre Artistic Director, Michael Barakiva
A chance to get inside the head of our own Artistic Director: class members will read the scripts for the shows programmed for the Hangar’s 2020 season and discuss their themes, intentions, and the tools that playwrights use to get there. Sessions will include text analysis, insights into artistic planning, and approaches to theatrical interpretation. hangartheatre.org/hopefulreading
Other Hangar Classes:

Fantastic Stories: Radioplay Style!: Grades 2-6. May 11-15; 2-3:15pm

Teen Playwriting Workshop: Grades 7-12. May 11-15; 4-5:30pm

Contemporary Scene Study: 10th Grade-Adult. May 12- June 9; Tues. 7-9pm

Participation Fee: $75 each; We understand that this is a difficult time financially for many families: please do not hesitate to ask about financial aid or scholarships (up to full tuition) if needed. Or, purchase a class for a student as a pay it forward initiative.
Contact education@hangartheatre.org with any questions!

View the sites around town

Have a Smartphone (iPhone/Android)? Download the PocketSights app to access over 40 self-guided walking and driving tours of Tompkins County! Practice responsible social distancing and share pictures from your experience with us!

If you have a virtual activity happening in the downtown community, please forward the information to us at enews@downtownithaca.com.  

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We are Resilient is a searchable database of businesses and service providers available during the Corona virus response. This resource is sourced by the City's partners, Ithaca Voice, DIA, Chamber of Commerce and Facebook.

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