What's happening at BAYarts

"BAYarts Visitor" by artist Angela Oster was commissioned by Art Cleveland to show the spirit of art that goes in spite of empty galleries and classrooms. 

Guided by “Wine with DeWine” sessions, BAYarts' staff has been doing what they do best: innovating and finding new ways to engage the community within the new mandates outlined for safety.

BAYarts' popular classes for youth and adult will go on with many new programs rolled out. Although BAYarts has been offering online options, the mission for community and in-person engagement is where the challenge lies. During the closing, Art to Go kits, creative projects for home, have sold out to many grateful families looking for an alternative to online learning at home.

With many artists not working and festivals cancelled, BAYarts' popular Love It Local Shop, for the first time, will offer some items online, just in time for Mother’s Day and teacher’s gifts. BAYarts' Annual Juried Exhibition, with hundreds of artists on display, can still be seen on our Facebook page and has been held over for private viewings.

Bigger events like the Art & Music Fest and Moondance, each with over 1,000 attendees were cancelled for the year but the Thursday Market is one community event that with social distance guidelines and coordination with vendors may be feasible; in fact many artists whose business depends on all the summer festivals that have been cancelled, have been invited to this more intimate, weekly event.

Although other stay-cation events are on hold such as the Sunday night concerts, in true BAYarts spirit, many of the performers have offered a lesser fee if the show goes on. Moving forward, this spirit and coming together as a community will be key.

Stay tuned, there’s a lot more to come! For the latest news follow BAYarts on Facebook, Instagram or bayarts.net.

Nancy Heaton

Nancy Heaton

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.05.2020