COVID-19 Diversions

This 10-day free online event will showcase feature films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and panel discussions. “We are proud to join with our partner festivals to spotlight truly extraordinary films and talent, allowing audiences to experience both the nuances of storytelling from around the world and the artistic personalities of each festival,” Cannes Film Festival executives said in a statement. The festival will feature programming curated by the Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and more. All viewers will be able to make donations to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
The mission of the wildlife rehabilitation and education center in Punta Gorda is to rescue and rehabilitate native wildlife and to educate the public. A 2021 calendar will be created — featuring donated photographs — to help educate the public about Florida’s native wildlife and the work of the center. You can donate up to three photographs of wildlife native to Florida by August 31 for consideration. Learn more.
With so many of our cultural partners temporarily closed, let us bring the humanities directly to you! Tapping into the immense talent and knowledge of our Speakers Directory, Florida Humanities is excited to announce its new weekly Florida Talks: At Home series! Tune in with your computer or smart device as we connect you with some of our state’s preeminent historians, authors, storytellers, and scholars.
Above & Beyond: JFK and the Florida U-2 pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Thursday, May 14, Noon
Best-selling author, Michael Tougias, discusses the little-known story of U-2 pilots who flew from Orlando to Cuba to secure photographic proof that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on Cuba, sparking an international crisis that brought the U.S. and the Soviet Union to the brink of war. One pilot was fatally shot down.

Oh, Florida! Wednesday, May 20, 6 p.m.
To some, it’s a paradise. To others, it’s a punchline. It’s actually both, as you’ll learn from veteran journalist and New York Times best-selling author, Craig Pittman. Pittman’s book, Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, embraces those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state in the union.

Documentaries funded fully or in part by Florida Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities are available for viewing on the Florida Humanities website.
The challenge: re-create your favorite art using just three objects lying around home, photograph your re-creation, and share it through social media. Thousands of re-creations later, we’re in awe of your creative powers and sense of humor. The challenge was inspired by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and a brilliant Instagram account called Between Art and Quarantine, but adapted by the Getty Museum with the invitation to use digitized and downloadable artworks from Getty’s online collection. The only tools you need for this activity are your imagination and a picture of a work of art you like or find interesting. Browse any online Getty Museum collection or other free great online collections, including LACMA, The Met, Cleveland, Indianapolis, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walters, the National Gallery, or do your own online search.
New York Times has compiled locations where verse is happening on Facebook, Zoom, in people’s notebooks, and in our earbuds. Some highlights are a sound artist who is making an audio collage of haikus about the pandemic, weekly book release readings from Copper Canyon Press, and the option to book a live video call with a poet through the Poetry Society of New York.
The husband and wife team of Rachel and Brendan transformed a back bedroom closet into a makeshift theater. Following the philosophy that theater only requires actors, the text and an audience, these professional actors get back to the basics with the help of A-lister playwright pals, writers with projects in development, and students of all ages submitting material for them to read for LIVE audiences via Facebook for free on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 p.m. (The link is to a Facebook site.)
Florida Rep has launched a free weekly series, every Friday at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. The live series is limited to 100 participants per session, but they’ll post a recorded version of all sessions the following week.
Browse this site to find diverse cultural life from around the world.
For example, digital stages have been opening their archives and broadcasting legendary past performances featuring star actors, boundary-pushing directors and incredible sets and costumes. These online streaming theater, dance and opera shows ensure you have best view in the house, and it’s often for free.
Virtually visit museums and art galleries
The Google Art Project partnered with more than 1,200 cultural institutions from around the world to archive and document priceless pieces of art and to provide virtual tours of museums using Google Street View technology. (After following link, scroll to about the middle of the options to find the museums and galleries.)
Listen to music online
As more festivals, performances and concerts are canceled due to the coronavirus shutdown, musicians of all stripes and sizes are taking to social and streaming platforms to play live for their fans. NPR Music is compiling a list of live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre, with links out to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Some will require registration or a subscription, but most will be free, often with digital tip jars and opportunities to directly support artists by buying music and merchandise.
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