Art in the time of Coronavirus

Updated: May 8

Mural near downtown Tyler, Texas. K.Co Photo.

We had our first art tour last weekend, March 7. It sold out, which was exciting, and our guests were already giving great feedback about future art adventure options and what those might look like. An excellent sign and one that we were and still are eager to fulfill!

But, as they say, "Life comes at you fast."

Life came at us fast.

All of us.

We need to pump the brakes on the art bus, and like the rest of the world, are postponing plans for near-term art adventures until mid-April or May, which I know is not a long time compared to the impacts on other businesses and individuals. We are happy to absorb that impact as our responsibility in keeping our community, family and friends, and ourselves healthy.

But just because art experiences are harder to participate in doesn't mean that they have to stop altogether.

Here are a few tips for low risk Art Adventures:

1. Virtual art tours. Most major museums have their collections online. With just a click, you can visit work at the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Collections and many more! Make it social by posting your finds on social media, or swapping favorites with like-minded friends.

2. Art-smart TV. Most subscription services have interesting artist documentaries and features, and All Arts TV has free programming to stream. If you get tired of all that learning (we understand, it's a stressful time!) try Velvet Buzzsaw, a fictional thriller set in the art world, or Divorce, a family drama in which a main character owns a gallery. And, don't forget your public library for free media and e-books about art! You could even host a virtual viewing party with friends through FaceTime or Google Hangouts.

3. Art Reads. If you, like me, have always felt that "go to your room and read!" is more of a reward than punishment, you might welcome some time to lose yourself in a good book or two. For nonfiction, I've enjoyed "Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art," by Michael Shnayerson, "The Goldfinch," by Donna Tarte, "The Blazing World" by Siri Hustvedt and the older, but still fun "Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him," by Danielle Ganek.

4. Cruising for Art. If and ONLY if you feel safe doing so and public health best practices don't warn against being outdoors, most cities have plenty of art to see from your car! From public art to murals and graffiti art, a short drive for fresh air and fresh art can help give you a creative reset and stress reliever. (And be sure to wash your hands when you return!)

5. Create vicariously. YouTube and Vimeo have so many high-quality videos of artist's tutorials, art supply product tips and even virtual studio visits. Jerry's Artarama hosts a treasure trove of online art lessons, and SkillShare usually has free trial videos for everything from digital art to more traditional methods and art business classes. And, if you have art supplies or can order them, creating art yourself is always an excellent idea.

6. Plan your next Art Adventure. This too shall pass, and the art community will need you when it does. Whether you browse Artsy, Etsy or Instagram (try #artistsoninstagram or your city + artists "#dallasartists") to discover your next favorite artist, make an art itinerary for the future or find fun art events to add to your calendar for later in the year, having something to look forward to is important for everyone.

Temporary Policies:

Until May 1, we are waiving consulting fees for e-mail engagements of one hour or less, so if you would like more specific quick recommendations or advice, please be in touch. We are not health or civic professionals, but we can happily brainstorm virtual or at-home art stay-cations or future art adventures with you!

Many of our core consulting services are still available, and we can fairly seamlessly deliver work for custom content clients, or clients who are planning program activation for late summer/fall.

Bookings for private tours are suspended until May 1.

As we are operating remotely for the foreseeable future, our open business hours have changed. We are available by appointment outside of these hours, so please get in touch if you need to schedule a phone call, Skype/FaceTime session or other time-sensitive, specific contact. Respectfully, we aren't taking in-person meetings at this time.

Open Business Hours through May 1:

Monday - Thursday: 9:30 am to 1 p.m.

Friday: Closed

Above all, take good care of yourselves and each other.

Accepting projects in Dallas and elsewhere.

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Site by Stephanie Khattak. Photos by James Khattak. Copyright K.Co Arts 2016-2020.