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Entertain yourself with online arts programs from Dallas-Fort Worth museums, musicians and theaters

Tour exhibits, watch live performances or revisit greatest hits, all on a screen near you

As arts patrons practice safe distancing and look for at-home entertainment, arts groups, museums and film fest folks are trying to adapt as well.

While museums, theaters and other venues are closed and events are canceled, some artists, musicians and organizers are finding ways to meet fans virtually. Some are promoting long-standing features such as ways to view permanent collections. Others are moving their now-canceled events online. And then there are a few creating original content for audiences, young and old.

Art Museums

Amon Carter Museum of American Art: For its new series, Cooped Up with the Carter, museum employees introduce an artwork from the museum, then lead viewers through a related activity such as a story time or a craft. In one episode, after viewing Gabriel Dawe: Plexus No. 34, the giant indoor rainbow that fills the museum’s atrium, you can learn to weave using cardboard and whatever string, yarn or ribbon is available to you.

Dallas Contemporary: On its DC from Home webpage, there is a tour of the current exhibit, “Joël Andrianomearisoa: Serenade is Not Dead;” a playlist by DJ Sober; lesson plans; puzzles and games; and worksheets for activities such as creating a zine and making slime.

Dallas Museum of Art: Artwork from the museum’s collection can be browsed, sorted by departments and topics such as colors, clothing and eating and drinking, at And the current exhibit, “Speechless: Different by Design,” can be toured online at

Kimbell Art Museum: Virtually explore hundreds of pieces of art from the museum’s collection such as Joan Miró’s sculpture Woman Addressing the Public: Project for a Monument and Pierre Bonnard’s Landscape at Le Cannet.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth: Parts of the museum’s collection can be viewed online at And starting March 24, archives from the weekly 7 p.m. Tuesday lecture series will be shown in the virtual event, “Being There: Revisiting Tuesday Evenings at the Modern.” Check for event links.

Nasher Sculpture Center: Find lectures, teaching guides and other resources, plus archived lectures, concerts from the Soundings chamber music series and other performances. A new series, Shelf Life, will showcase reading and viewing recommendations from artists, curators and more.

Other Museums

Dallas Heritage Village: Visit for posts about Dallas during the 1918 flu epidemic and other historical facts and memes.

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum: Go to for pictures and text from the museum’s exhibits. At 1 p.m. March 27, there will be a free video chat about Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl on the Zoom platform for families with students in grades 6 through 12. Register at

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: Discovery Lab Online, the museum’s distance learning program, includes free state standards-based science and history content.

Heritage Farmstead Museum: On, watch videos of the farm’s chickens’ antics and a tour of the museum grounds and buildings.

International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame: Browse the online exhibits about the history of bowling in America and Hall of Fame bowler Dick Weber.

Interurban Railway Museum: Download a free copy of Plano Conservancy’s coloring book, Saving Plano’s Treasures, via

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame: Young cowgirls and cowboys can enjoy online resources such as “How Does a Horse See?” and “How to Measure a Horse.”

Perot Museum of Nature and Science: Families can get some STEM stimulation with Amaze Your Brain at Home, a collection of videos about dinosaurs, butterfly feet and more, and download worksheets on activities such as building a barometer using a soup can, a balloon and a drinking straw.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza: Visit to view exhibit and museum tours and recordings of past lectures and panels.

Performing Arts

American Baroque Opera Co.: Go to for a link to a 2018 performance of Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona.

Avant Chamber Ballet: Get link at to watch the February performance of “19th Amendment.”

Classics Theatre Project: Plans to livestream performances of Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid were canceled when shelter-in-place requirements were put in place. The show has been postponed. However, there are plans to livestream a one-man reading of the play on select days from April 1 to April 19.

Dallas Children’s Theater: Visit for online activities based on recent productions, including Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture: Watch previous lectures and other programming at

The Dallas Opera: The company has been hosting live performances at, including solo recitals by baritone Lucas Meachem and soprano Jocelyn Hansen and programs of musical theater hits and Irish music with harp accompaniment.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Check for the DSO’s #MusicMinute segments featuring musicians and more. For a performance of Bach’s "Mein Freund ist Mein,” separate videos showing a handful of musicians — some with canine companions — were edited together for a full song, one instrument at a time.

Dallas Theater Center: A dress rehearsal performance of the canceled production of American Mariachi is available online to subscribers, patrons who already bought tickets, or anyone who would like to see it and is willing to buy a virtual seat before they sell out. The pay-what-you-can price ranges from $15-$100.

Four Day Weekend Comedy: The comedy troupe performed a live improv show to benefit the service industry folks near their theaters on Dallas’ Lower Greenville and in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. Rewatch at

Plano Symphony Orchestra: On Saturday nights starting March 28, the orchestra will broadcast previous concerts at 8 p.m.

Sammons Center for the Arts: Full version of concerts, including February’s tribute to Chet Baker and others by the Rodney Booth Quartet, are being added to the venue’s YouTube channel. Get the link at


Dallas VideoFest: Selections for the Alternative Fiction festival, scheduled for April 3-5, will play live during their scheduled times.

EarthxFilm Festival: Earthx2020 conference and festival will be presented virtually, including the film programming. Watch the livestream April 22-27 at

Texas Theatre: The Oak Cliff arthouse cinema is partnering with to stream films, starting with Corpus Christi and The Wild Goose Lake. Visit to buy tickets for $12 for a three-day rental.

Thin Line Fest: Most of the programming from the March 25-29 festival will be streamed live online at with the help of festival partner Falcon Events. Expect feature and short films and photography exhibits.

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Shannon Sutlief. Shannon is the LocalGraf Database Manager on the product team and the former events editor for Guide and /shannonsutlief @shannonsutlief
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