While WOSU Public Media is keeping you informed about all the latest news on our coronavirus live blog, we also wanted to provide a space for you to find local resources and learn about virtual experiences to enjoy from the safety and comfort of home. This site will be updated regularly, so please check back for updates and new virtual experiences.
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- Local Virtual Experiences – Scheduled
- Local Virtual Experiences – Ongoing
- National & International Virtual Experiences
- Tips & Resources
- Virtual Resources from WOSU Public Media
- Submit Your Own Virtual Experience Or Resource
Local Virtual Experiences – Scheduled
Saturday, April 4
Short North Arts District Virtual Gallery Hop – On Saturday, April 4 at 4:00pm, viewers can tune in to “Columbus’ favorite night of the month to celebrate art” by following @ShortNorthArtsDistrict on Instagram. Virtual Gallery Hop participants will include Short North Arts District galleries, local retailers, as well as special performances from some of Gallery Hop’s favorite performers.
Monday, April 6
Jared Mahone Livestream Concert – As a forerunner of the Midwest “garage soul” movement, Jared Mahone fills out singer/songwriter tunes with a band full of powerhouse, pocket players. Buy tickets to stream his concert at 8:00pm.
Friday, April 10
Virtual Lunch & Learn: Social Distancing & Mental Health – Hosted by Columbus Young Professionals, this free virtual event will discuss social distancing and mental health with several local community leaders in relation to the Governor’s stay-at-home order and the current COVID-19 pandemic. The event takes place on Friday, April 10 from 12:00-1:00pm.
CCAD Virtual Spring Art Fair – A juried selection of Columbus College of Art & Design’s top alumni and students sell their wares at this must-see event. Proceeds from the art go directly to the artists, and proceeds from ticket sales benefit CCAD student programming. CCAD will host the Virtual Spring Art Fair on Friday, April 10, at 5:00pm through Sunday, April 12, at 11:59pm
Local Virtual Experiences – Ongoing
Museums & Art
Accessible Expressions Ohio Exhibition – Accessible Expressions Ohio is one of the most diverse art exhibits on display. It is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of sixty 2D and 3D art by Ohio artists with disabilities. Art Possible Ohio will feature one artwork from the 2020 exhibition daily at 9:05am via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Columbus Museum of Art – Stay Connected – While the Museum is currently closed, they are still here for the community. Join CMA online over the next few weeks to explore new ways of virtually gathering, cultivating creativity and play and building community resilience and connection together. They’re also offering Free Resources for At-Home Arts Education.
Ohio Museums with Virtual Programming, Education Activities, Tours and Events – In response to COVID-19, many museums across Ohio are offering virtual programming through online education activities, tours and live-stream events that can be enjoyed outside of museum walls.
ProMusica Virtual Family Concert – ProMusica Chamber Orchestra recorded their Family Concert program with their string quartet to share with you virtually, to watch in the safety of your own home.
Columbus Jazz Orchestra – Offstage LIVE – During this series, you will see your favorite musicians, listen to incredible music, and be able to jump in on the conversation with your own questions and comments from the comfort and safety of home. Join the CJO each Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday evening at 6:30pm on Facebook.
Josh Krajcik Live Concerts – Longtime Columbus singer-songwriter and former X-Factor contestant Josh Krajcik has been hosting “Quarantine concerts” daily at 2:00 p.m. on Facebook.
CAPA Behind the Curtain – Take a peek behind the curtain to see what the CAPA team is doing to maintain their historic theatres during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jason Gay, CAPA’s Associate Vice President of Operations, performs a walk-through inspection of the Ohio Theatre where he shows you dark corners of the Ohio, talks through what to look for in the building, and shows your their classic ghostlight!
Franklin Park Conservatory Virtual Experiences – Enjoy the Conservatory at home through a selection of virtual experiences. Tour the conservatory, learn about gardens, take a class, and more.
Scott’s Social Distance Tours – Local writer and arts scene enthusiast Scott Woods collaborated with Streetlight Guild and The Columbus Foundation to host virtual tours of the Columbus Museum of Art and the Thurber House. You can check out these visits on his Facebook page.
Hilliard Historical Society Virtual Tour – Enjoy a virtual tour of the Hilliard Historical Society
Ohio Craft Museum Virtual Tour – Enjoy a virtual tour of the Ohio Craft Museum
Tour Ohio State University – Use this self-guided, virtual tour to explore popular spots across the Columbus campus. Along the way, you’ll learn about Ohio State’s unique history and traditions.
Kids & Family
COSI Connects – COSI’s Digital Doorway for fun at-home science discovery and learning.
Ohio History Connection – Learn at Home – While Ohio schools are closed, many caregivers are now tasked with educating kids at home. OHC has developed a number of engaging and educational history resources that you and your family can easily access online.
Wheatberry Books Virtual Storytime – Chillicothe’s Wheatberry Books is hosting virtual storytimes. They’ll release a new video each Saturday at 6:00pm These stories are aimed at children, but parents might get something out of it too.
Gateway Film Center – Explore Gateway Film Center’s collection of films available to stream online. GFC is also offering the chance to watch the critically-acclaimed new film Saint Frances virtually for the price of one movie ticket.
Big Head Trivia Livestream – All events are either 30 or 45 minutes long. You’ll need a screen to view the stream and a screen to input the answers. General trivia daily at 8:00 p.m. and quickie general trivia weekdays at 12:00pm.
Kingmakers Virtual Trivia Night – It’s experimental, it may go horribly awry, but it will keep your boredom at bay! Join the normally scheduled quiz with a bit of a twist, it’s all online! 6 Rounds, 10 questions! And win swag from your favorite venue: Kingmakers!
National & International Virtual Experiences
Museums & Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art Virtual Tour – Enjoy a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour – Enjoy a virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The Louvre Museum Virtual Tour – Wander through this famous Parisian museum without leaving your home
Google Arts & Culture – Providing sweeping access to institutions all over the world, Google Arts and Culture has partnered with cultural organizations to host virtual tours of museums and other landmark sites.
Bearthoven TV Dinners: Livestream Concert Series – Over the first three Saturdays of the month (April 4, 11 & 18), the members of Bearthoven will live stream half-hour concerts at 8:00 p.m.
Nightly Met Opera Streams – The Metropolitan Opera will be expanding its “Nightly Met Opera Streams” program to offer more titles and a longer streaming period. The streams begin every night at 7:30 p.m. and will be available on the Met’s website for 23 hours.
National Parks Virtual Tours – Google Earth Has Virtual Tours of 31 National Parks in the U.S.
30 Field Trips Throughout the World – Explore the world from your couch with these virtual field trips
National Museum of the United States Air Force – The virtual tour allows visitors to take a virtual, 360-degree, self-guided tour of the entire museum by navigating from gallery to gallery either by using a drop-down map or by following navigational arrows connecting the individual nodes.
National Museum of the Great Lakes – The National Museum of the Great Lakes is committed to spreading their mission by providing valuable resources to those looking for history-based learning opportunities at home. This page allows you to explore our virtual tour of our museum exhibits and the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship.
Kids & Family
LeVar Burton Reads – The beloved, longtime host of Reading Rainbow announced that he’s bringing storytime to Twitter using his handle @Levarburton. The series will take place three times a week and will include age-appropriate selections depending on the day – Mondays are reserved for children, Wednesdays are for young adults and Fridays are for adults.
Harry Potter at Home – J.K. Rowling, along with the folks at Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic, are delighted to introduce ‘Harry Potter At Home’ to help children, parents, carers and teachers add a touch of Harry Potter magic to our new daily lives. The site includes some new ways to bring the magic closer to you, all specially created by different members of the wide Wizarding World family.
Goodnight with Dolly – Dolly Parton will read a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time. Parton’s storytime will be streamed on Facebook every Thursday at 7:00pm.
The Wonder Zone at the Cincinnati Museum Center – Curiosity is far too big to fit into a museum, so the Cincinnati Museum Center is bringing it straight to you. Wonder Zone brings experiments and museum experiences into your home. Follow along and try your hand at some of these experiments or just watch and enjoy.
Children’s Museum of Cleveland – Enjoy a virtual tour of the Children’s Museum of Cleveland.
Stay At Home Story Time with Oliver Jeffers – Artist, illustrator and writer Oliver Jeffers will read one of his books each weekday and discuss some of the things that went into making it. Watch LIVE on Oliver’s instagram (@oliverjeffers) at 6 PM GMT/ 2 PM EST/ 11 AM PST or view all of them on his website.
Storyline Online – The Screen Actors Guild Foundation created this children’s literacy website, which features videos of actors reading children’s books alongside produced illustrations. Each book has a recommended grade level and activity guides. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Tips & Resources
Can’t Stop Columbus – Join a massive community-driven movement to build solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual Art Makes Columbus – The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s page dedicated to updating virtual arts experiences, closings and postponements of local events and performances.
Local Restaurants Offering Carryout & Delivery – A list of local restaurants offering carryout and delivery curated by Columbus Monthly
Support Columbus Eats – With restaurants and bars temporarily shut down due to Coronavirus concerns, many people are struggling. This site is meant to be a resource for the citizens of this city to find local spots to order from and support.
Support Local Food-Makers – Local food blogger Nick Dekker from Breakfast with Nick, complied a list of resources to support local food-makers, including special offers, online orders, projects and activity kits, meals for food insecure kids and more.
YMCA YouTube channel of exercise classes – The YMCA is offering a YouTube channel of exercise classes, including yoga, barre and bootcamps.
Digital Resources from the Columbus Metropolitan Library – A full list of the digital resources available for free with your CML library card. And did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using the Libby app. Learn how to download it here.
Columbus Music Commission Emergency Resource Center – The Columbus Music Commission has gathered resources to help you to navigate the current COVID-19 turbulence. There’s useful information on available relief, live streaming performance opportunities and more helpful links.
44 Ways to ‘Be The Helper’ During the COVID-19 Outbreak – Complied by City Pulse Columbus, this extensive list of resources offers many ways to help your community during this time.
Your Stay at Home Guide to Columbus – Experience Columbus put together some frequently asked questions and answers about staying home to flatten the curve, in addition to ways you can still explore and support Columbus.
Support Local Businesses – On this site, you can search for a local business, add a business to the list and help support local businesses by purchasing a gift card to enjoy later.
Virtual Resources from WOSU Public Media
WOSU Radio Live Audiostreaming– Listen to the 89.7 NPR News and Classical 101 audiostreams using your preferred streaming device, desktop player or smart speakers. Also, learn how to download the WOSU Public Media mobile app for programming on the go.
Classical 101 Blog – Explore concert previews, book and music reviews, arts features, web-exclusive playlists and archived audio and video of local and visiting musicians.
Quarantine Classics from Classical 101 – A new video series that will allow your favorite Classical 101 hosts to stay connected with listeners in the age of social distancing. Each day we’ll post on Classical 101’s Facebook page fun video messages that connect our listeners with a video of a great live musical performance.
WOSU Passport – This member benefit provides you with extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming. Featuring both PBS and select local programming, WOSU Passport allows you to watch even more episodes of your favorite shows, including full seasons of many current and past series.
WOSU TV – Viewing Guide – Find out where to watch WOSU TV, WOSU OHIO, WOSU Plus and WOSU Kids on television.
WOSU Classroom – Learning At Home – Resources for educators and families to support learning at home during school closures.
WOSU Classroom – Daily eNews for Parents and Educators – Sign up to get lessons and activities delivered right to your mailbox every morning. These curated collections of resources are organized by grade and aligned to state standards. Most importantly – they’re fun! Keep kids engaged and learning from home, or anywhere.
Virtual Field Trips for Elementary Classrooms – Use these PBS LearningMedia virtual field trips and short video clips to explore places like the post office, the airport, the zoo and even a radio and TV station, all without leaving your home. These field trips are appropriate for students in grades PreK-3rd.