The late Frida Kahlo once said, "I paint flowers so they will not die." The ways we can express ourselves in public – whether with art, dance, music, film – has changed due to COVID-19 but that has only allowed for growth in ideas on how we can virtually do what we love most. Even the way kids are going to school has changed with many Chatham County youngsters and teens attending class via Zoom and Google Classroom.
That said there are imaginative ways to create art.
The City of Savannah’s Cultural Arts Center, which falls under the city’s Cultural Resources arm, is offering classes and workshops that can help people express themselves through art while safely doing so from the comforts of home.
Since March in-person classes, normally held at their 201 Montgomery Street location for everything from introduction to ceramic sculptures to introduction to metal crafting to little artists' creative drop-in play spaces, have all been canceled. The arts are important and the show must go on and they will according to Director of Cultural Resources for the City of Savannah Stuart Miller.
"The Savannah Cultural Arts is re-imagining class formats and offerings to be able to offer a full range of visual and performing arts classes when the building reopens," Miller said. "We are looking forward to welcoming the public back into our building once the city reopens its facilities."
While the doors to the Cultural Arts Center are closed there is a way to enjoy and create art from home. The center is offering art instruction for free via their website.
According to Savannah Cultural Arts Center marketing coordinator Rachel Weymouth, this is a way to promote arts and cultures while we have to be apart. "While our building is closed we’ve been sharing ideas for at-home crafts," she said. "We are just posting how-to’s and different ideas for at-home activities.
"The Savannah Cultural Arts Center is sharing instructional cards and videos for at-home activities," Miller added. "They are designed to spark creativity for all ages and use items you may already have in your home."
Items like glue sticks and markers, things that students use in school are perfect for these art projects. "There are pdfs and instructions available online," said Weymouth.
For example, the instructions for crafting 3D paper greeting cards help parents and their children with what to use -glue sticks, scissors, colored paper, markers- and how to use them in order to create the cards.
There are also instructions on how to create a "Build-A-Story" improv, origami-like crafts and how to use painter’s tape to create art. The initiative is a way to keep things going while the center is closed.
In the words of Kahlo, the flowers will never die if we continue to paint and create them.
At Home 3D Card Instruction... by savannahnow.com