Life update, Friday, March 20: Staying active in a tough time
It's finally Friday of a tough week, as our community deals with the coronavirus/COVID-19 and the economic crisis.
The arts and entertainment world has been reeling, but also rallying, and one can always go outside (while practicing social distancing) to enjoy the nice weather.
Here are some things going on:
• Online entertainment continues to increase. Last weekend Cappella Romana put on a live-stream performance that attracted more than 80,000 views. For more: www.cappellaromana.org.
Portland Baroque Orchestra revised its mission temporarily to support other arts organizations and artists as a live-stream operation. See www.pbo.org.
"We never cease to be amazed by the creativity and resiliency of Oregon's cultural community," said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. "Their financial losses due to the health crisis are staggering, yet they are actively finding ways to engage our citizens, providing inspiration and respite during these very challenging times."
"Our goal is to keep as many artists working as possible, and to serve the greater community with extraordinary art," said Abigail McKee, the executive director of Portland Baroque Orchestra. "The arts allow us all to transcend what is happening immediately around us, step outside of ourselves, and be a part of something bigger. PBO has the technology, and we believe it is our responsibility to share it."
For a complete story about other online offerings, see www.culturaltrust.org.
Artslandia, an online performing arts guide, has launched the Portland Culture Media Hub "Artslania Standing By ...," with online programs meant to elevate artistry, lift spirits and promote connection. See www.artslandia.com (and a story on our website) for more.
Oregon Public Broadcasting, a Tribune media partner, has started a list of streaming concerts being performed by Pacific Northwest Artists. The list is available at www.opb.org/opbmusic/article/pnw-streaming-concert-calendar.
OPB now has an online musical festival at www.opb.org/opbmusic/article/virtual-music-festival-coronavirus.
• Oregon Historical Society, like the Portland Art Museum and OMSI, had to close its doors for the time being. But, it has started a cool project to reach out to Oregonians to document their struggle.
The historical society is asking people to share their stories — personal reflections on living through this pandemic. In a period of isolation from family and friends, what stories of Oregonians from the past or present give you courage? What is normal day for you? What have you learned about yourself, family and friends
Community readers are invited to share their stories through a handwritten note to the OHS Research Library, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, 97205. Submissions must include the author's full name, location (city, town or reservation) and the date. (There is also an online form people can use; see separate story on our website).
For more: www.ohs.org.
• Subashini Ganesan, Portland's Creative Laureate, and Kim Stafford, Oregon's Poet Laureate, have established an emergency relief fund for independent and freelance artists in the Portland area. For more: www.pdxartistrelief.com.
• At The Grotto, Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, they have halted Mass until March 31 and it had planned to keep the outdoor sanctuary and upper gardens open.
Late Friday, however, the Grotto closed, based on Gov. Kate Brown's order to "stay home, stay healthy."
For more: www.thegrotto.org.
"The Grotto is committed to being a place of prayer for our community," an email read. "For now, our gardens remain open, and admission charges to the upper gardens are suspended through March 31 to allow for people to take refuge in nature — well-suited for social distancing — during this time. All are welcome to visit our outdoor sanctuary, you can just walk right in."
• Whale Watching Week has begun at the Oregon Coast. Watching spots will be open to the public — it's outside, which allows for social distancing.
People can also participate virtually via the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel.
For more: www.oregonstateparks.org.
• Parents can still take their kids outside, as Portland Parks and Recreation parks, playgrounds, golf courses, trails and natural areas remained open. Find updated info at www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/covid-19.
• A good hiking resource is at www.oregonhikers.org.
• This and that: Mt. Hood Meadows has closed for the season. ... Add Russo Lee Gallery to the list of galleries offering appointments for visitors. See www.russoleegallery.com.
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