Bring San Francisco Culture Into Your Home
San Francisco's cultural scene is one of its most irreplaceable assets. Music, fashion, theater, art, and dance—we've got them all and we've got the best of them. Don't let a stay at home order make you feel like these incredible experiences are out of reach. With a little help from our artistic friends around the city, we've got a number of fun ways you can bring San Francisco's trendsetting culture into your home just before you get cabin fever. And if that's not enough, check out other social distancing activities and virtual San Francisco backgrounds.
When you just want to shake things out, check-in with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet. The legendary San Francisco dance company is offering weekly live online classes for teens and adults. From ballet to hip hop, and contemporary to belly dance, the LINES Dance Center offers an exciting selection of styles for all movers. Register online at https://linesballet.org/dance-center/classes/.
You can browse through more than 13,000 objects and centuries of art from every corner of the Asian world with the Asian Art Museum’s online collection. Download the museum app to enjoy collection tours, as well as exhibition-themed activities. The museum’s YouTube channel and educational resources pages will keep spirits up and inspiration flowing. The museum has queued up playlists of their best content, including in-gallery storytelling, peeks behind-the-scenes, and short Asian art docs for those interested in diving deeper. You can get crafty at home with a variety of activities, from creating a mandala to learning Arabic calligraphy, exploring Chinese ink painting and Balinese shadow puppets, and many more. There are even pages to print and color. Interested in something else? You can speak directly to the museum on Facebook and Instagram and request the kind of content you'd like to see. Imagine that—curating your own museum!
Virtually explore the online exhibition gallery of "Levi Strauss: A History of American Style" to learn all about one of the most influential San Francisco brands of all time. CJM is also planning online content on a weekly basis. Mondays are dedicated to at-home learning for kids. Tuesdays are for crafting, and Wednesdays offer a #MuseumMomentofZen. Learn about Jewish culture, including Jewish cuisine, on Thursdays and listen to gallery chats every Friday at noon. Sundays will feature long-form content, like lectures, discussions, and interviews.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the de Young and the Legion of Honor, offer exclusive content on their Facebook accounts, hosting daily livestream interviews with curators, conservators and living artists. Each Friday, they also drop new art-making tutorials on IGTV by their team of Teaching Artists. Find their livestream schedule and new blog posts on their Museum From Home site, or get it delivered straight to your email inbox every Friday afternoon. Follow @deyoungmuseum and @legionofhonor on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay connected.
There's never been a better time to pick up a good book. MoAD invites readers to register for their Virtual African Book Club. April’s selection is “Small Country” by Gaël Faye. Already an international sensation and prize-winning bestseller in France, this evocative coming-of-age story is about a young boy, a lost childhood and a shattered homeland. You can also peruse MoAD’s online content hub, which includes podcasts, playlists and more.
Bring the San Francisco Ballet into your home with the SF Ballet @ Home. San Francisco Ballet’s free weekly stream on SF Ballet @ Home features commissioned works from the 2018 Unbound festival and other notable ballets from SF Ballet’s repertory. Every Friday, SF Ballet streams a complete ballet from its archives on Facebook, IGTV, YouTube, and the SF Ballet website, calling on regional, national, and international audiences to relish the joy of dance while sheltering in place.
Hear from the artists themselves with SFMOMA's interview series, now online and free to access. Selections include Hal Fischer, Nicole Miller, JR, Marlon Mullen, and Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle. You can also tune in to the museum's award-winning arts and culture podcast, “Raw Material”. The series features a different “podcaster-in-residence” each season who explores modern and contemporary art through a new lens.