The Quarantine Postings: Opus News, Resources and Hello

 

Hello dear readers,

Each week during this tumultuous time carries its own eco-system of uncertainty and news cycles, anxiety and, for some of us, loss and grieving. We hope that you are staying well within all of that and we hope that the healing potentials of art are soothing and inspiring, reminding us of the larger world we are still part of, even if, for now, from home.

Many of you have written with questions about when our site will be open, when can visitors can once again perambulate around our remarkable sculpture park. We all wish we knew. As soon as State laws allow and we feel that we can keep staff, visitors and performers safe, we will open. Until then, we have new offerings for Opus-Online each week and hope you can join us for a workshop or virtual event soon.

As a sheet on one Italian balcony put it,  The More We Stay Home, the Sooner We Can Embrace. 

If any readers want to share news or ideas or art resources, ask questions or offer opinions, please reach out to info@opus40.org.

We’ll be here with you. Thank you for being here with us. Until soon, Caroline Crumpacker, Executive Director of Opus 40

Resource Roundup #3

Shout Out To:

  • Local farms! CSA pickups are a great way to eat healthy local food, support Hudson Valley workers and avoid going to grocery stores. We see you Upstate Farms.
  • Dutchess Responds & Ulster County’s Project Resilience are doing amazing work in the community.
  • Radio Kingston continues to be a hub for ideas, new visions and shared resources. They are rising to the occasion now with The Radio Kingston Community Fund which will offer one-time financial assistance payments to residents within the City of Kingston’s School District. You can see broadcasts from our friends and partner Mariel Fiori HERE.
  • Fabulous online ordering from two local favorites: West Kill Brewing Beer, great coffees and curbside pickup from delicious Olsen & Company. Dutch Ale House has online ordering for pick-up for their delicious food as well as craft beer options and cocktails.
  • Lots of Hudson Valley farms, food pantries and farmer’s markets are open.
  • Check out We’re Still Open, listing Hudson Valley businesses that are open in one way or another during the lockdown.
  • The Kingston YMCA is offering free breakfast & lunch to students in Kingston City School District every day of the week, an incredible service.

Practical Information & Grant Information etc:

  • The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley has Covid-19 Resources for nonprofits HERE.
  • The Soze Foundation Artist & Activist Relief Fund HERE.
  • The Indie Theater Fund has Rapid Relief Grants.
  • Emergency Funds to support Freelance Artists HERE.
  • The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants for freelance artists HERE.
  • Emergency grants for art leaders of color HERE.
  • Food Safety During the Coronavirus information HERE.

Resources from Around the InterWebs:

  • BC Manjunath has great videos of South Indian Classical Percussion music played from home HERE.
  • SNL sends up the Zoom meeting for work HERE.
  • And speaking of…”How to Look Good on Zoom” HERE.
  • The Public Theater is offering Watch Me Work, a performance piece, a meditation on the artistic process, and an actual work session, featuring Suzan-Lori Parks working on her newest writing project.
  • LeVar Burton reads to your kids HERE.
  • Videos of New York City under quarantine HERE.
  • A virtual tour of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo HERE.
  • Qigong Exercises for Respiratory Health HERE.
  • A virtual tour of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam HERE.
  • Every Wednesday, Jazz at Lincoln Center releases a new full length concert on our Youtube channel HERE.
  • Saugerties-born Jimmy Fallon with Sting and The Roots offer an at-home remix of “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” HERE.

Enjoy, dear readers — stay well, stay in touch, and stay at home so we can welcome you to our site safely and soon.