Senior Resource Fair Resources

ARTS & CULTURE

This list is a collection of virtual experiences from around the world. Experiences on this list are not endorsements from our office. Some experiences are free, while others are ticketed. Please check the host’s websites as events continue to evolve. If you’re a host, please email lkrueger@nysenate.gov to have your event added to the list.

 

ART

 

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

New York, New York

Website: https://www.cooperhewitt.org

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/cooper-hewitt-national-design-museum

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. Cooper Hewitt is America’s design museum. Inclusive, innovative and experimental, the museum’s dynamic exhibitions, education programs, master’s program, publications and online resources inspire, educate and empower people through design. An integral part of the Smithsonian Institution—the world’s largest museum and research complex—Cooper Hewitt is located on New York City’s Museum Mile in the historic, landmark Carnegie Mansion. Steward of one of the world’s most diverse and comprehensive design collections—over 210,000 objects that range from an ancient Egyptian faience cup dating to about 1100 BC to contemporary 3-D-printed objects and digital code—Cooper Hewitt welcomes everyone to discover the importance of design and its power to change the world. Cooper Hewitt knits digital into experiences to enhance ideas, extend reach beyond museum walls and enable greater access, personalization, experimentation and connection.

 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

New York, New York

Website: guggenheim.org

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications.

 

Neue Galerie New York

New York, New York

Website: https://www.neuegalerie.org

Virtual experience: https://www.neuegalerie.org/collection

 

The collection of Neue Galerie New York covers a range of media, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts, and photographs created in Austria and Germany between 1890 and 1940. The extended Neue Galerie collection is comprised of works belonging to Ronald S. Lauder, to the Estate of Serge Sabarsky, and to the museum itself. The artworks currently catalogued on this website represent the holdings of the museum only.

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, New York

Website: https://www.metmuseum.org

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-metropolitan-museum-of-art

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.

 

Google Arts & Culture

Website: https://artsandculture.google.com

 

Offers access to over 500 institutions, to explore some of the world’s greatest museums. Google Arts & Culture is a non-profit initiative. They work with cultural institutions and artists around the world. Together, their mission is to preserve and bring the world’s art and culture online so it’s accessible to anyone, anywhere.

In addition, Google has a platform called Open Heritage which offers virtual tours of ancient heritage sites including Machu Picchu, Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza, or discover a wealth of lesser-known but equally fascinating wonders.

 

The National Gallery of Art

Washington, DC

Website: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-gallery-of-art-washington-dc

 

The National Gallery of Art – the nation’s museum – preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art.

 

El Museo del Barrio, BomPlenazo 2020 | Concert and Convos

New York, New York

Website: https://www.elmuseo.org

Virtual experience: https://www.elmuseo.org/event/plena-combativa/

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. Also, In collaboration with the 2020 BomPlenazo online Festival join virtual experiences on YouTube or Facebook.

 

Museum of the City of New York

New York, New York

Website: https://www.mcny.org

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/museum-of-the-city-of-new-york

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, and serves the people of the city as well as visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. Or join the Museum of the City of New York’s interactive, virtual workshops to see and discuss visuals from the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibitions and collections.

 

The Jewish Museum

New York, New York

Website: https://thejewishmuseum.org

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-jewish-museum-new-york

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. Or plan a unique experience for your group with a virtual tour of the Jewish Museum led by a Museum staff member. Tours will be set up by the Museum via Zoom.

 

Tambaran Gallery

New York, New York

Website: http://www.tambaran2.com

Virtual experience: http://www.tambaran2.com/home

 

Tambaran, one of New York City’s most respected Tribal Art galleries, specializing in exceptionally beautiful museum quality pieces, has now expanded into contemporary art. Tambaran 2, founded only several years ago by Maureen Zarember, is a dynamic art space that specializes in showcasing exciting contemporary artists. Many of the collections are available to view online.

 

The Frick Collection

New York, New York

Website: https://www.frick.org

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-frick-collection

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. The Frick Collection includes superb examples of Italian paintings and bronzes, Dutch seventeenth-century works of art, Limoges enamels, English eighteenth-century portraits, French eighteenth-century paintings and furniture, nineteenth-century paintings and Chinese porcelains. Artists represented in the Collection include Rembrandt van Rijn, Giovanni Bellini, El Greco, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, François Boucher, Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, Joseph Mallord William Turner, James McNeill Whistler, Francesco Laurana, Jean-Antoine Houdon, and Severo Calzetta da Ravenna.

 

MoMA The Museum of Modern Art

New York, New York

Website: mo.ma/art

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/moma-the-museum-of-modern-art

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. View our collection online: mo.ma/art. Explore past exhibitions from 1929 to the present: mo.ma/history. Founded in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan was the first museum devoted to the modern era. Today MoMA’s rich and varied collection offers a panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today’s film, design, and performance art. From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, the collection has grown to include over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects; approximately 22,000 films and four million film stills; and, in its Library and Archives, over 300,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, and extensive individual files on more than 70,000 artists. Collection highlights include Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, along with more recent works by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Murray, Cindy Sherman, and many others.

 

The Morgan Library & Museum

New York, New York

Website: https://www.themorgan.org

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-morgan-library-museum

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. Or visit the online exhibitions at https://www.themorgan.org/online-exhibitions.

 

The National Arts Club

New York, New York

Website: https://www.nationalartsclub.org

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-national-arts-club

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. The mission of The National Arts Club is to stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the fine arts. The Club’s permanent collection includes over 600 works including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper.

 

Children’s Museum of the Arts

New York, New York

Website:

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/childrens-museum-of-the-arts

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. Founded in Lower Manhattan in 1988, Children’s Museum of the Arts’ unique curatorial program introduces children and families to world-class contemporary art exhibitions and art-making workshops taught by professional artists. The central Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery displays a rotating series of contemporary artwork by emerging and established artists from New York City and around the world. In addition, CMA’s dual-level Bridge hosts a rotating series of interactive site-specific installations that are thematically linked to the main exhibition in the gallery.

 

LIFE Photo Collection

New York, New York

Website: https://www.life.com

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/life-photo-collection

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. Founded by Time Inc in 1936, LIFE magazine is the visual chronicle of the “American century.” The magazine’s ninety staff photographers—including Margaret Bourke-White, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Gordon Parks—documented the events, stories, and people that shaped the modern era. Time Inc is proud to share LIFE’s iconic images in the spirit of Henry Luce’s original prospectus for LIFE magazine.

 

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

New York, New York

Website: https://www.metmuseum.org/visit/plan-your-visit/met-cloisters

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-cloisters-museum-and-gardens

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. The Cloisters museum and gardens, which opened to the public in 1938, is the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, The Cloisters was assembled from architectural elements that date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century.

 

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

New York, New York

Website: http://www.bronxmuseum.org

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-bronx-museum-of-the-arts

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. The Bronx Museum of the Arts is an internationally recognized cultural destination that presents innovative contemporary art exhibitions and education programs and is committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogues for diverse audiences. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has played a vital role in the Bronx by helping to make art accessible to the entire community and connecting with local schools, artists, teens, and families through its robust education initiatives and public programs. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Museum implemented a universal free admission policy, supporting its mission to make arts experiences available to all audiences.

 

Brooklyn Museum

New York, New York

Website: https://www.brooklynmuseum.org

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/brooklyn-museum

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. The Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures.

 

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York, New York

Website: http://whitney.org/Collection

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/whitney-museum-of-american-art

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum’s key resource.

 

The Studio Museum in Harlem

New York, New York

Website: https://www.studiomuseum.org

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-studio-museum-in-harlem

 

Explore the museum from home via Google Arts & Culture. The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.

 

Rubin Museum of Art

New York, New York

Website: https://rubinmuseum.org

Virtual experience: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/rubin-museum-of-art

 

The Rubin Museum of Art is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution dedicated to the art of the Himalayas. Its mission is to establish, present, preserve, and document a permanent collection that reflects the vitality, complexity, and historical significance of Himalayan art and to create exhibitions and programs designed to explore connections with other world cultures. The Rubin Museum is committed to addressing a diverse audience—from connoisseurs and scholars to the general public. Through its collection, exhibitions, and programs, the Rubin Museum is an international center for the preservation, study, and enjoyment of Himalayan art.

The Museum’s Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room is now accessible via the web. You can choose between a two-hour video recording, accompanied by Buddhist chants and flickering candlelight, or a self-guided virtual tour of the space, where you can take time to learn about the individual objects inside.

 

ARTLAND

New York, New York

Website: https://www.artland.com/exhibitions

 

Artland is a dedicated platform for contemporary art. Discover galleries both in New York and around the world.

 

EAZEL

New York, New York

Website: https://eazel.net

 

Eazel is a one-stop platform that allows you to enjoy art exhibitions and museums around the world. Included in their offerings are local galleries such as Leila Heller Gallery, Dickinson and Parish Art Museum.


Hermitage Art Museum

St. Petersburg, Russia

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49YeFsx1rIw

 

Experience a 5 hr 19 min 28 sec cinematic journey through one of the world’s biggest museums in St. Petersburg, Russia. Take in 45 galleries, 588 masterpieces, and live performances, shot in 4K on iPhone 11 Pro in one continuous take.

 

Castello di Rivoli

Turin, Italy

Website: https://www.castellodirivoli.org/en/mostra/cosmodigitale/

 

Castello di Rivoli has released digital tours for three just-opened (then abruptly closed) exhibitions in addition to other art content from their collection.

 

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Turin, Italy

Website: https://fsrr.org/en/fondazione-sandretto-re-rebaudengo-closed/

 

The contemporary art hub Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo has undertaken a series of new online tours and social-media initiatives.

 

The Vatican Museum

The Vatican

Website: http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.1.html

 

For those longing to see the rich treasures of the Holy See, the Vatican Museum offers virtual tours, and this may be your one shot for an uncrowded peek at the Sistine Ceiling.

 

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Website: https://sketchfab.com/artsmia

 

Minneapolis Institute of Art is offering the next best thing with a searchable collection of 3D photographs of 138 objects from its collection, which allows at-home visitors to experience—and sketch—works in the round. If you’re proud of your final product, you can send images back to the museum to be uploaded to their website.

 

LA BIENNALE PARIS

Paris, France

Website: https://www.labiennaleparis.com/en

 

42 world-renowned galleries from 8 countries, presenting over 90 exceptional works of art across 4,000 years of art history – all in 1 major online art fair in partnership with Christie’s. Bidding for the online edition of La Biennale Paris opens 24 September through 8 October. Join antique dealers and gallerists in their virtual booths, and discover the art and objects on offer this season.

 

The Louvre

Paris, France

Website:http://mini-site.louvre.fr/apollon/index_apollon.html

 

The Louvre has three of its own virtual tours, including one of the remains of the museum’s moat (from the era of Louvre’s former life as a fortress), a tour of the Galerie d’Apollon, and as well as a “walkable” scroll through the Ancient Egyptian wing, where you can stop and marvel at sphinxes and mummies.

 

The British Library

London, England

Website: http://www.bl.uk/turning-the-pages/

 

You’ll find plenty to peruse the British Library’s flippable site, where you can examine illuminated manuscripts and rare illustrated books, including Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook and the original Alice in Wonderland (called Alice’s Adventures Under Ground), illustrated by Lewis Carroll himself.

 

The Tate Museum

London, England

Website: https://www.tate.org.uk

 

The Tate has free online film tours of Andy Warhol (April 6) and Aubrey Beardsley (April 13) exhibitions on their YouTube channel. The virtual tours are to showcase over 100 artworks from Warhol and will be led by Director of Tate’s Collection of International Art, Gregor Muir.

 

National Gallery Victoria

Melbourne, Australia

Website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/virtual-tours/

 

After a 6-year digitization project, more than 75,000 works from the gallery’s collection are available online. Also on offer are free curator-led virtual exhibition tours, which are added to regularly. This weekend visit ‘KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness’ (from Saturday March 21), and ‘Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines’ (as of Saturday March 28).

 

Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Website: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/masterpieces-up-close

 

Get up close with some of the world’s most loved artworks, including Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” and Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” via a new online platform, Rijksmuseum Masterpieces Up Close, which allows visitors to browse artworks from the Amsterdam museum, accompanied by videos, audio clips and 360º images. The Rijksmuseum also has a platform called the Rijksstudio, which allows participants to download artwork images to create masterpieces of their own. There are more than 700,000 high-resolution images to view.

 

Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors:

Washington, DC

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VwJMw_fLvI

 

If you missed one of the hottest traveling museum exhibits of the past few years, ooh and ahh at a brisk room-by-room rundown of the hypnotic, multi-faceted work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

 

92nd Street Y:

New York, New York

Website: https://www.92y.org/events

 

For 145 years, 92nd Street Y has been serving its communities and the larger world by bringing people together and providing exceptional, groundbreaking programs in the performing and visual arts; literature and culture; adult and children’s education; talks on a huge range of topics; health and fitness; and Jewish life

 

THEATER

 

The National Theater

London, United Kingdom

Website: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

Virtual experience: https://www.youtube.com/c/NationalTheatreOnline

 

The National Theatre went virtual with “National Theatre Collection at home.” Their collection of 30 world-class productions is now available for educational institutions to stream at home. UK state-funded teachers and pupils can access the Collection for free, and we have extended our free trial period for all others.

 

Broadway, Broadway HD

New York, New York

Website: https://www.broadwayhd.com

Virtual experience: https://www.broadwayhd.com/categories/must-see

 

Did you know you can stream broadway shows through Amazon, iTunes, YouTube and other streaming services? You can also check out BroadwayHD, a special streaming service that brings you the greatest from the Great White Way. It’s $8.99 a month, but there’s a one-month free trial.

 

Broadway, Stars in the House

New York, New York

Website: https://www.starsinthehouse.com

Virtual experience: https://www.starsinthehouse.com/schedule

 

Showtune savant and SiriusXM host Seth Rudetsky (Disaster!) and his husband, producer James Wesley, are the animating forces behind this ambitious and very entertaining series, in which they play host to theater stars in live, chatty interviews interspersed with clips and songs. Dr. Jon LaPook, the chief medical correspondent for CBS News, provides periodic updates on public health, and surprise virtual visitors are common. Donations benefit the Actors Fund. You can find a schedule of guests here.

 

The Metropolitan Opera House, The Met Stars Live in Concert

New York, New York

Website: https://metstarslive.brightcove-services.com/how-it-works

Virtual experience: https://metstarslive.brightcove-services.com

 

The Met Stars Live in Concert series allows you to enjoy the artistry of opera’s leading lights from anywhere in the world, live or on-demand, on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Tickets for each concert are $20, and the performances will remain available on demand for 12 days.

 

The Metropolitan Opera House, The Met Nightly Opera Stream

New York, New York

Website: https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/

Virtual experience: https://metoperafree.brightcove-services.com/?videoId=6194587461001

 

The Met continues its immensely popular rollout of past performances, recorded in HD and viewable for free. A different archival production goes live at 7:30pm each night and remains online for the next 23 hours. Click here for this week’s complete schedule, which is devoted to operas by Mozart.

 

The Apollo Theater

New York, New York

Website: https://www.apollotheater.org

Virtual experience: https://www.apollotheater.org/digitalstage/

 

The Digital Stage celebrates the many facets of what the Apollo Theater has to offer. Join the A-List for updates and follow us on social media to share special moments each week including world class performances and events, invaluable education programs, and resources to support our community and each other. As the home for Black culture, we are still here to bring joy during these challenging times.

 

The Strawdog Theatre Company

Chicago, Illinois

Website: http://www.strawdog.org/shows

Virtual experience: http://www.strawdog.org/shows/current-season

 

This season we bring you an array of shows to keep you engaged and connected while you stay home. As we all adapt and strive to meet the moment, we hope these thrilling virtual stories will help us all explore what is possible during times of challenge. For each ticketed production, Strawdog will make a donation to selected charities that help to positively impact the Chicago community.

 

 

DANCE

 

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Ailey All Access

New York, New York

Website: https://www.alvinailey.org

Virtual experience: https://www.alvinailey.org/performances-tickets/ailey-all-access

 

The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater has launched #AileyAllAccess in celebration of the theater’s anniversary, and has made a range of digital content, including dance tutorials and performances, available for viewing. In addition to this, a full-length recording of Ailey’s acclaimed piece ‘Revelations’ is now available to watch for free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAGFJCW_Toc.

 

American Ballet Theater, ABT OffStage: A 2020 Virtual Season

New York, New York

Website: https://www.abt.org

Virtual experience: https://www.abt.org/performances/abt-offstage/

 

American Ballet Theatre will present a full season of programming to viewers and fans around the world with American Ballet Theatre OffStage: A 2020 Virtual Season.  As the global health crisis has forced ABT artists out of the theater and into their homes, these online offerings will carry the artistry of ABT into homes everywhere

 

New York City Ballet, Digital Fall Season

New York, New York

Website: https://www.nycballet.com

Virtual experience: https://www.youtube.com/nycballet or https://www.facebook.com/nycballet

 

Digital fall season with five weeks of Programming September 28 – October 31. All digital performances will be streamed free of charge for seven days on Facebook, YouTube and our homepage.

 

San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Technique and Enrichment for Active Seniors

San Francisco, California

Website: https://www.sfballet.org

Virtual experience: https://www.sfballet.org/school-education/adult-programs/adult-ballet-classes/drop-in-classes/#DANCE

 

Launched this spring, Ballet Technique and Enrichment for Active Seniors is a chance for active seniors to take a gentle ballet class (from home!) and learn about dance history at the same time. This month, the focus is on Anna Pavlova and early 20th-century ballet.

 

Alonzo King Lines Ballet,

San Francisco, California

Website: https://linesballet.org

Virtual experience: https://linesballet.org/constellation/

 

LINES has a team of indefatigable artists who are creatively facing the challenges of this difficult time head on. Inspired to continue unabated in partnership with our local, national and global community, these vigilant colleagues are creating films, performances, and the highest caliber dance education for all ages, backgrounds and temperaments online.

 

Mark Morris Dance Group

New York, New York

Website: https://markmorrisdancegroup.org

Virtual experience: https://markmorrisdancegroup.org/digital-access/

 

Mark Morris Digital Library within their YouTube channel, you can enjoy excerpts of your favorite Mark Morris’ work, behind the scenes moments and past interviews. Mark Morris also offers a wide variety of online dance courses.

 

Martha Graham Dance Company

New York, New York

Website: https://marthagraham.org

Virtual experience: https://marthagraham.org/events/

 

Join us for archival films and performances, conversations, and interactive digital events! The Martha Graham Dance Company’s 2020-21 Season online programming includes all-new Martha Matinees, Digital Studio Series performances, and a variety of new ways for audiences and the global dance community to engage with the Company while social distancing. All Martha Matinees and Studio Series performances feature live chat with Graham Artistic Director Janet Eilber and special guests.

 

MUSIC

 

Carnegie Hall

New York, NY

Website: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Explore/Watch-and-Listen/Live-with-Carnegie-Hall

 

Carnegie Hall’s mission is to present extraordinary music and musicians on the three stages of this legendary hall, to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience, to provide visionary education programs, and to foster the future of music through the cultivation of new works, artists and audiences.

 

Vancouver Symphony

Vancouver, British Columbia

Website: https://www.vancouversymphony.ca/

 

The Vancouver Symphony live streamed its final performance from their BeethovenFest, and it’s available for your viewing — and listening — pleasure any time.

 

Berlin Philharmonic

Berlin, Germany

Website:

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/home/?a=adwords_search&c=true&gclid=CjwKCAjwq_D7BRADEiwAVMDdHkDSY-rNs8R5kiHHhM9RgHrUVRuPDWq-1xgC_7O2P9q-DgrGqME1phoCbdkQAvD_BwE

           

With a special limited-time code, you can enjoy a treasury of online performances from one of the best orchestras in the world. Our suggestion: You can’t go wrong with anything from the trifecta of national B’s: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. But Gustav Mahler’s second symphony, The Resurrection Symphony, seems apt in these trying time.

 

Royal Opera House:

London

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk/

 

When it comes to high culture, don’t underestimate YouTube! The Royal Opera House’s channel has a selection of some of the top performances from famous operas and ballets, just a click away. Our suggestions: The Caterpillar from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and The Dance of the Knights from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, if just for the incredible costumes.

 

Vienna State Opera

Vienna, Austria

Website: https://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/en/

 

If you can’t be in Vienna, you can at least treat yourself to full streams of some of the Vienna State Opera’s latest performances. A reminder, for people who don’t like opera: These works are almost always as much a treat for the eyes as much as the ears.

 

Metropolitan Opera

New York, New York

Website: https://www.metopera.org/

 

Arts lovers, if appointment viewing is more your thing, the Met is putting on nightly opera streams. But you better not be late! They’re only available until 3:30 p.m. ET the next day. And there’s something to be said for such ephemerality.

 

Dorot University without Walls:

New York, New York

Website: https://www.dorotusa.org/our-programs/at-home/university-without-walls

 

DOROT’s University Without Walls (UWW) program offers hundreds of teleconference programs, appealing to a wide range of interests – all over the telephone. Participants from New York and across the country can choose from ever-changing topics and perennial favorites such as Museum Discussions, Literature & Storytelling, Music & Performing Arts, Current Events, Jewish Interests, and Health & Wellness.

 

Lincoln Center:

New York, New York

Website: http://lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home

 

While practicing social distancing, you can still maintain your vital connection to the live performing arts at Lincoln Center. On Lincoln Center at Home, we will host daily pop-up classrooms for families and regularly share videos of performances—archival, home-made, documentary, or previously broadcast—by our organizations across the campus. Lincoln Center world-class artists, on your screens at home.

 

 

HISTORY / HERITAGE 

 

Googles Arts & Culture

Google also recently announced Heritage on the Edge, a partnership with UNESCO that details five heritage sites threatened by climate change through 2D and 3D maps

 

British Museum

London

Website:https://www.britishmuseum.org/

 

Explore a stunning visual timeline of the world, with an array of annotated objects. Our suggestion: This timeline pairs nicely with “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” a podcast narrated by the Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor. (If your ears are craving more, here are some more culture podcasts to enjoy.)

 

African American History and Culture:

Washington, D.D

Website:  https://nmaahc.si.edu/

 

If you’ve ever wanted to visit an extremely popular museum but couldn’t seem to nab tickets, a virtual tour is the next best thing! This one gives you just a taste of what the museum has to offer, and where in the museum each feature is located.

 

Victoria and Albert Museum

London, England

Website: https://www.vam.ac.uk/

 

Ever wanted to don a big 18th-century hairpiece? Here’s your opportunity, with the V&A’s Design a wig activity.

 

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Washington, D.C.

Website: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/live-video-programs

 

Dinosaurs! Snakes in jars! Giant diamonds! This is a good option for kids. Our suggestions: The Ocean Hall, The Hall of Mammals, and the Hall of Fossils. Or, mix it up with minerals.

 

Russia’s State Hermitage Museum

St. Petersburg, Russia

Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/panorama/virtual_visit/panoramas-m-1/?lng=en

 

Got five hours to kill? Enjoy this extensive video tour of the largest museum in Russia, complete with 45 galleries and 588 artistic masterpieces.

 

Museum Tours

From the Mikhail Bulgakov Museum in Russia to the National Palace of Sintra in Portugal, Google Arts & Culture provides around 500 panoramic tours of some of the most famous heritage sites and museums.

 

For example, explore landmark exhibition “Faces of Frida,” curated by Google Arts & Culture in collaboration with 33 museums and organizations. The free digital exhibition offers a glimpse into the pioneering artist’s life and legacy, with artworks from multiple collections around the world.

 

Palace of Versailles

Versailles, France

Website: http://en.chateauversailles.fr/          

 

Explore one of France’s national treasures and all of the Baroque art, architecture and finery within. Our suggestion: Go outside of the palace interior for an early birds-eye-view of the grounds, to get your bearings.

 

The Prambanan Temple

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Website: https://borobudurpark.com/en/home-2/

 

There’s so much to behold in this iconic, intricate Hindu temple complex. Good thing you’re in no rush! Step up to the spires with the arrow marks, and drag your cursor to get a good look at the carvings.

 

The Sistine Chapel

Vatican City

Website: http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en.html

There are a lot of museum collections to explore on the Vatican’s virtual site. But first, go straight to zooming in on all of the detail on the Sistine Chapel.

 

 

FASHION

 

Conde Nast Archive

New York, New York

Website: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/conde-nast-archive

 

With over eight-million assets amassed from more than 50 magazine titles, the Condé Nast Archive is both unique and extensive. The collections, representing more than 100 years of history, are comprised of photographs, illustrations, cartoons, slides, correspondence, video, printed matter, and ephemera that touch on subjects from fashion and interior design to cooking and travel. All communicate the excellence for which the company has been known, since its founding in 1909 by Condé Montrose Nast.

 

The Museum at FIT

New York, New York

Website:  https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/The-museum-at-fit

 

The Museum at FIT (MFIT) is best known for its innovative and award winning special exhibitions, including London Fashion, which received the first Richard Martin Award for Excellence in the Exhibition of Costume from the Costume Society of America; The Corset: Fashioning the Body, which explored the most controversial garment in the history of fashion; and Madame Grès: The Sphinx of Fashion, a monographic retrospective that examined the working methodologies and unique aesthetic contributions of a great couturier. The Museum has mounted many ambitious exhibitions, such as Gothic: Dark Glamour and A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk.

 

Alexander McQueen launches ‘McQueen Creators’

Website: https://www.alexandermcqueen.com/experience/en/mcqueencreators/

 

Finding creative new ways to engage with their audience, the brand’s newly launched McQueen Creators initiative sets artistic tasks for fans online. This week the McQueen team asked people to sketch, paint or draw the Autumn-Winter 2019 Rose dress and upload their art to Instagram (hashtagging #McQueenCreators) for a chance to be featured on their feed.

 

 

ZOOS / AQUARIUMS

 

The Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati, Ohio

Website: http://cincinnatizoo.org/

 

Every day while school is out, the Cincinnati Zoo (home of the famous Fiona the hippo), will be hosting a Home Safari on their Facebook Live Feed at 3 p.m. ET. They’ll have up-close animal experiences, plus activities to do at home.

 

The Shedd Aquarium

Chicago, Illinois

Website: https://www.sheddaquarium.org/exhibits/underwater-beauty-exhibit

 

The Shedd Aquarium has already captured hearts with the antics of its resident penguins, which have been filmed roaming the now-empty halls of the aquarium, looking at all of the other exhibits. But animal lovers will want to follow their Facebook page, too: They’re sharing all kinds of behind-the-scenes videos and fun virtual experiences.

 

The San Diego Zoo

San Diego, California

Website: https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

 

Want to have something fun going on in the background while you’re working? Your favorite zoo probably has live cams so you can check in on all the animals. The San Diego Zoo is a great start.

 

The Georgia Aquarium

Atlanta, Georgia

Website:  https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/?keyword=the%20georgia%20aquarium&gclid=CjwKCAjwq_D7BRADEiwAVMDdHoh_3Hjz4BafisHALnsBdMp_qujutmIyRgs6WPiwxWfIpXdWjkyaxBoC5x8QAvD_BwE

 

The Georgia Aquarium has live streams, too! And you can pick what animal you want to watch. We’re partial to the African Penguins.

 

 

MISC.

Who said letter writing was a lost art? This submission allows you to dive into the art of handwriting and letter-writing while fostering just the sort of connectedness we need these days. Wherever you are in the world join the Traveling Books Project. Get the instructions at www.travelingbooks.co

Senior Centers, Older Adult Advocacy Organizations and Additional Older Adult Resources


Senator Liz Krueger’s Resource Guides

 

AARP is a national organization providing benefits, advocacy and resources for people 50 years and over. Phone: 866.227.7442 Website: www.aarp.org

 

AARP’s National Tele-Town Hall Meetings: Through weekly national tele-town hall meetings, AARP has connected more than 100,000 people with federal officials and experts for information on a range of issues related to the coronavirus. During these live events, participants have asked questions – and gotten answers – on topics including safety and prevention, Medicare beneficiary costs, coverage and policies related to tele-health services, avoiding frauds and scams, and caring for loved ones. We plan to continue hosting tele-town halls every Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. Information about upcoming events as well as transcripts and audio recordings of past events are available here.

 

Aging Connect is the New York City’s direct link to aging services. Call 212-AGING-NYC to speak with an Aging Specialist and learn about services and support available to older adults and their caregivers, as well as volunteer opportunities.

 

Carter Burden Network promotes the well-being of seniors 60 and older through a continuum of services, advocacy, arts and culture, health and wellness and volunteer programs, all oriented to individual, family and community needs. We are dedicated to supporting the efforts of older people to live safely and with dignity. Phone: 212-879-7400 Website: https://www.carterburdennetwork.org/

 

Now’s the time! Gary Panthers mobilizes and unites olders, youngers, in-betweeners to confront today’s challenges: the plague of covid 19, the war against Social Security and ageism in all its manifestations-following Maggie Kuhn’s legacy of activism and intergenerational collaboration. For further information, follow this link: www.graypanthersnyc.org, call (347) 415-0943, or email susan@graypanthersnyc.org

 

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House operates two Senior Centers, the Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and the Senior Center at Saint Peter’s Church, serving adults 60 and older from diverse backgrounds and abilities residing in New York City.  The Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, one of the City’s Innovative Senior Centers, provides an incredible array of expansive programming that attracts 350 seniors daily while providing a broad range of invaluable public health, case management, fitness and aquatics, health and wellness, arts and culture, education and socialization activities.  The Senior Center at Saint Peter’s Church, the only senior center in East Midtown, attracts 150 seniors daily, serving farm to table lunch and offers a full schedule of social, legal, health, and unparalleled arts and cultural offerings. For more information on Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and our Senior Center Programs, please visit our website at www.lenoxhill.org or by calling 212-218-0316, ask for Senior Center Director Rachel Bender.

 

LiveOn NY’s Benefits Outreach Program offers older adults free and confidential benefit screenings and application assistance for benefits such as SNAP (a benefit to purchase food,) SCRIE (NYC’s Rent Freeze program,) the Medicare Savings Program (which covers the cost of the Medicare Part B,) Medicaid and more. We know how difficult and confusing applying for benefit programs can be! Our staff provides assistance and support throughout the application process, and beyond.  For information, please contact (212) 398-5045 or email benefits@liveon-ny.org

 

Join In Virtual Programming Offered By Liveon Ny Members: Due to COVID-19 many of New York’s Senior Centers have moved their incredible activities and classes online. Older adults (defined as those age 60 and over for many programs) can now connect to their peers and attend classes and activities either online over platforms such as Zoom or in some cases, over the phone. Offerings range from art and exercise classes to lectures, discussion groups, and religious

services. Caregivers can also find links to webinars and classes about caregiving

 

National Council on Aging: The National Council on Aging has created a COVID Resource Guide for Older Adults. Older adults can find information on how to handle stress, access food, and how to get care during this pandemic. They have also created a Key Government Resource Guide  where older adults can access information from local, state, and federal governments

 

New York StateWide Senior Action Council advocates for legislation of importance to older adults and for full representation among service programs to ensure and promote wellbeing of older adults: www.nysenior.org

 

SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Our mission is to lead in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging.  SAGE offers innovative services and programs to LGBT older people throughout New York City and nationwide through our affiliate network, SAGENet. From arts and culture, to health and wellness, and much more, SAGE’s innovative services and programs support thousands of LGBT older people in communities around the country.” For more information, visit SAGE’s website: https://www.sageusa.org/, SAGE NYC’s website: https://sagenyc.org/nyc/, or call 212-741-2247.

 

Search and Care serves any older person aged 60-plus, regardless of race, gender, religion, creed or economic capabilities. The agency’s mission is to “seek out vulnerable older people who need help managing life’s daily activities or accessing essential services and provide them supports and companionship required to live with security and dignity in the manner they choose.” They offer fee-free, comprehensive, personalized Social Work and approximately 20 other services for seniors living primarily in Yorkville, Carnegie Hill, and East Harlem including online/telephonic money management, groups/enrichment activities, “Talkin’ It Out” for discreet chats with MSWs, tech coaches, and pet upkeep. Our mantra: “No older person should ever fall through the cracks.” For more information, visit Search and Care’s website: www.searchandcare.org, call 212-289-5300. or email SandC@searchandcare.org

 

Search and Care Bilingual Hotline for Voting & Census Assistance for Older New Yorkers: Call for information, or for hands-on assistance with filling out the 2020 Census, checking your voter registration, applying for an absentee ballot, tracking your absentee ballot, finding your local poll sites. For English, call Joseph at 212-289-6200 or Robin at 212-289-5781. Para Español Llama Priscilla a 212-28-6133.

 

Selfhelp’s Virtual Senior Center: A unique, transformational program, Selfhelp’s acclaimed Virtual Senior Center (VSC) has engaged homebound seniors into the larger community for more than eight years by using technology to connect them with other participants in a range of activities. A cornerstone activity of the program is its interactive, real-time classes where participants can hear, see and talk with each other in an interactive session. Over 40 classes are typically offered each week ranging from art history to current events to museum tours to weight training and other exercise programming. This groundbreaking program effectively reduces social isolation by creating social networks for otherwise shut-in seniors, connecting them to each other and to the outside world. Want to learn more? Call 212-947-8701. What is the VSC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEm5fYpx1cI&feature=youtu.be

 

Senior Planet, powered by OATS (Older Adults Technology Services), harnesses technology to change the way we age. Our courses, programs, and activities help older adults learn new skills, save money, get in shape, and make new friends: https://seniorplanet.org/

 

Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center is a non-profit, multi-service organization focusing primarily on the needs of children and low-income families, out-of-school and out-of-work youth, and aging New Yorkers including our isolated and homebound elderly neighbors. We are offering virtual programming until in-person groups can resume, including arts & culture groups, support & discussion groups, exercise programs, and more.  We have a dedicated team of social workers and nurses providing individual services with a focus housing stability, health & wellness, and financial security. All services are free and available to all New Yorkers over 60. For more information, follow this link: www.isaacscenter.org or call 212-360-7620.

 

Stein Neighborhood Senior Center provides a wide range of valuable, high quality services and programs to older adults in New York City. Steins programs and services promote overall Health and Welfare, and provide opportunities for engaging socialization, support independence, and help individuals continue to live full lives at home and in their community.

  • Currently offering Online Classes via Zoom
  • Partnership with Hunter College Nursing Program- Presentations and Q&A sessions
  • Join Us at: www.steinseniorcenter.org

Job Resources


The New York City Commission on Human Rights is charged with the enforcement of the City’s Human Rights Law, Title 8 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, and with educating the public and encouraging positive community relations. The Commission is divided into two major bureaus — Law Enforcement and Community Relations:

  • The Law Enforcement Bureau is responsible for the intake, investigation, and prosecution of complaints alleging violations of the Law.
  • The Community Relations Bureau provides public education about the Human Rights Law and helps cultivate understanding and respect among the City’s many diverse communities through its borough-based Community Service Centers and numerous educational and outreach programs.

The New York City Human Rights Law is one of the most comprehensive civil rights laws in the nation, with over two dozen protected classes.  Those protections extend to the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, discriminatory harassment, and bias-based profiling by law enforcement.  The Commission on Human Rights was first established as the Committee on Unity in 1944 by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.

 

 

Career Services at the NYPL Business Center can help you to get your resume and other marketing materials ready, help you with networking, interviewing skills, etc. We’re prepared to help you at any level, from impartial advice to practical assistance to help you make the most of every opportunity. We engage our patrons by providing them the tools to become self-sufficient and successful in their job search and career development.

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