Closing the Distance: New Spaces for Community

BOMB’s ongoing list of online tools, workshops, and livestreams to keep you company and engaged in the time of COVID-19.

Closing The Distance Updated

Freelance Resources

A list of publications currently accepting pitches and remote job opportunities.

Luis-Camnitzers This Is A Mirror You Are A Written Sentence Body

Luis Camnitzer, This is a Mirror, You are a Written Sentence, 1966-68, vacuum-formed polystyrene mounted on synthetic board, 18 4/5 x 24 3/5 x ½ inches. Photo by Peter Schälchli, Zurich.

Brand and Copywriting Opportunities Spreadsheet

A community-organized spreadsheet of brand and copywriting opportunities.

Study Hall: Publications Currently Accepting Pitches

A list of publications accepting pitches.

Twitter Thread: Publications Currently Accepting Pitches

A running Twitter thread of publications including The Rumpus, Al Jazeera English, Dazed, Jezebel, The Guardian, and more.

First Draft

A list of resources for reporters in the age of COVID-19, including webinars in multiple languages.

We Work Remotely

The largest remote work community worldwide, with jobs in programming, copywriting, design, customer support, and more.

Remote Jobs Club

A newsletter of remote job opportunities.

Text Broker

A range of writing opportunities for those who want flexible work schedule as well as those who want to work with specific clients and receive orders on a regular basis.

Working Not Working

An international aggregator of freelance jobs in copywriting, design, and graphics.

Opportunities of the Week Newsletter

A newsletter with freelancer opportunities.

For Creative Writers: Writing Prompts/Calls for Work

An aggregated list of organizations seeking personal creative responses to the pandemic/crisis. 

Twitter Thread: Literary Publications Looking for Submissions

Publications include Hellebore Press (flash fiction and prose poetry for an upcoming anthology), Electric Literature (essays, poetry, comics), and Poets Reading the News.


Online Resources

A list of classes, instructional virtual tools, and open-source learning opportunities. 

Barbara Hammer, Camerawoman, 1980

Performance documentation of Barbara Hammer’s Camerawoman, 1980, NY Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.

Adobe

The Complete 2020 Adobe CC Certification Bundle is now discounted to less than $40.

Art Education in the Age of Social Distancing

A list of resources to help art educators navigate online pedagogy.

Artsteps

An online tool to make your own virtual art exhibitions.

Brooklyn Brainery

Online classes are available on a wide variety of subjects, including fermentation, building a journaling practice, and astrology.

CMX’s List of Tips, Tools, and Examples for Event Organizers

A list of resources, tips, and technologies for rescheduling or canceling events and hosting virtual conferences, online meetups, and roundtables.

Crowdcast

A live video platform for hosting events, webinars, courses, summits, and more.

Online Art & Design Studio Instruction in the Age of “Social Distancing”

A Facebook group that aggregates instructional videos and resources for those now teaching remotely.

Open Culture

Free online courses from leading universities, including courses in archeology, language, photography, and more.

Run The World

An online event organizing platform for companies, nonprofits, creators, podcasters, communities, and more.

Rutgers MFA Workshop Program

Rutgers MFA is now accepting workshop proposals for its Cooper Street workshop series in Fall 2020. Workshops currently run on a one-time basis, lasting anywhere from 3 to 5 hours. Submit this form by April 15, 2020 to apply. 

Sackett Street Writing Workshops

Online courses are offered at a discounted rate in order to give writers support, inspiration, and creative community needed (albeit remotely).

Silent Auctions Magazine

Silent Auctions is a literary magazine that is now accepting visual art, writing, and music submissions at submissions@silentauctionsmagazine.com.

“SimplyE” by NYPL

300k+ free e-books courtesy of the New York Public Library. The NYPL reference service can answer any questions here.

Tax and Finance Workshop for Artists 

This workshop on April 4 will provide resources around tax planning and financial concerns for artists (April 15 is approaching): topics covered will also include basic contracts and negotiating strategies. 


Music Livestreams

A list of livestreaming music and concerts including opera and DJ sets.

Dany Johnson, Acts of Live Art, Club 57, June 1980

Dany Johnson DJ at Acts of Live Art, Club 57, June 1980. Photo by Joseph Szkodzinski.

8 Ball Radio

Volunteer-run, public-access, online radio station operating from New York City. Also hosting daily hangouts with cooking lessons, breathing exercises, and more at 1:30PM ET.

Berliner Philharmoniker

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall is now free for everyone.

Boilerroom TV

Free streaming DJ sets, live and recorded. These broadcasts stream from artists’ homes and private spaces, direct to you.

ByUsForUs

Cloud9—Collective Love on Ur Desktop—will be holding online programs, gathering funds, and hosting dance parties. Click here for mutual aid information.

Brooklyn Academy of Music: Kino Marquee

BAM’s Kino Marquee brings new films as a virtual theatrical experience. Ticket range from $4–$12 and support BAM.

Club Quarantine

Online queer party every night of the quarantine. 9PM–midnight ET on Zoom.

The Kitchen Broadcast

The Kitchen has rolled out a live music and performance series Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6PM EST. Schedule here.

Met Opera Live Audio 

Free live audio streams. Broadcasts will begin five minutes ahead of curtain with additional broadcast commentary. Note: we are aware the service is intermittent due to mass-listenership.

NPR Live Concert List

A list of livestreaming concerts from March 26–April 11, including rock, pop, classical, jazz, and new music from venues including the 92Y as well as performances on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook live. Musicians include Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Fred Hersch, and Pauline Oliveros.

The Lot Radio x Nowadays

The Lot Radio has teamed up to stream Nowadays content while they are shut down. Streaming every day, from 8PM–midnight ET. 

Wiener Staatsoper

The Wiener Staatsoper broadcasts recordings of previous opera and ballet performances daily via its streaming platform—worldwide and free of charge. The online program follows the originally planned schedule at the house, with only a few exceptions. Streams start at 7PM or 5PM CET respectively (for Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung) and remain available for 24 hours.

WKAR Michigan Radio Concert List

A list of livestreamed and archived concerts from March 18–April 7 from venues including the 92Y, Jacksonville Symphony, Wigmore Hall, Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, WQXR / The Greene Space, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Literature Online 

Livetreams, bookclubs, and writing prompts.

Laurie Anderson, Reading

A Public Space: War and Peace Reading Club

Starting March 18, join a free virtual book club of Tolstoy’s War and Peace with Yiyun Li and A Public Space.

Barrelhouse Read-In and Write-In Sessions

The Read-In and Write-In are free, online, community-focused programs that will provide a virtual space for readers and writers to continue to gather and practice writing and reading. Read more about the programs and organizers here.

Iowa Writers’ Workshop Virtual Book Club

This book club explores world endings in literature. This week’s book is The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett.

New York Writers Coalition

The NY Writers Coalition’s free virtual creative writing workshops welcomes writers of all levels of experience. Workshops will be conducted via Zoom.

Litquake 

The San Francisco-based bookstore hosts workshops and readings daily. Visit the schedule here.

Ours Poetica

New episodes of writers reading poetry every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Produced in collaboration with The Poetry Foundation.

Poets and Writers: Weekly Writing Prompt

The Time Is Now offers a weekly writing prompt: a poetry prompt on Tuesdays, a fiction prompt on Wednesdays, and a creative nonfiction prompt on Thursdays. They also offer a selection of books on writing—both the newly published and the classics—from authors profiled in Poets & Writers Magazine.

The Poetry Project

Material from across time – readings, recordings, poems, and texts.

QuarantineCulture.com Streamed Events List

Andrew Badr, founder of Mixly, is putting together a list of streaming cultural events. Submit an event here.   

Quarantine Book Club 

Chat with an author. A book tour in cyberspace.

Writing Prompts from Rachel McKibbens

Rachel McKibbens is providing writing prompts for the next thirty days by email and Twitter @RachelMcKibbens.

Wendy’s Subway

A non-profit library, independent publisher, and collaborative writing space that is now providing writing prompts weekly from authors via Instagram. This first exercise is by Lucy Ives. 


Theater and Performance Livestreams

Plays, performances and archival Broadway musicals. 

Arthur Fellig (Weegee), Movie Theater Kissing, 1945

The Palace Theater, New York, 1945. Photograph by WEEGEE. Courtesy Gallery Zabriski, Paris.

BroadwayHD

A streaming platform of Broadway plays with a seven-day trial period.  

Joe’s Public Theater

Joe’s Pub will offer a weekly series of livestreamed performances. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 8PM ET, join them on YouTube Live as they share free, livestreamed, and archived performances from the venue’s cabaret stage.

On the Boards

A streaming platform that specializes in experimental theater is offering free streaming through the end of April with the code ARTATHOME20.


Wellness and Dance Virtual Resources

Yoga, dance, meditation classes and more. 

Peter Boal, The Prodigal Son, The New York City Ballet, 1996

Mental & Physical Health Database

A collective index of mental, physical, spiritual, and alternative health practitioners (trained and untrained) as well as people willing to help in times of need. Examples of care practices include talk therapy, craft, yoga, movement, tarot, and harm reduction. Service exchange is offered within free, sliding scale, barter, and set pricing modalities determined by the practitioner.

NYC Free Mental Health Hotline

More than 6,000 mental health professionals have signed up to provide free online mental health services. New Yorkers can call the state’s hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment.

Donation-based online Gaga Dance Classes

Six Gaga classes are offered daily, seven days a week. Classes are open to anyone, from anywhere in the world and will be given by Gaga teachers in Tel Aviv and New York City. Classes are donation based, give what you can, if you can. Suggested donation is $5 per class. 

Dancing Alone Together

Dancing Alone Together (@dancing.alone.together) has created a digest on Instagram and their website of online, reasonably priced and free classes taught by professionals at NY City Ballet, LA Dance Project, and more. 

Freeskewl

Teachers specializing in more experimental practices can be paid through Venmo. All Zoom sessions are available here.

Martha Graham Dance Company

A list of virtual classes on Instagram live is available here.

Merce Cunningham Trust

Warm-up classes are taught by Jennifer Goggans on Instagram live daily at 1pm ET. Schedule is available here.

Sky Ting TV Yoga

Livestream classes from the studio’s website and Instagram live. Schedule here.

XRNYC Daily Meditation and Empathy Circle

Extinction Rebellion NYC hosts a daily, five minute meditation followed by a short inspirational reading and open sharing. You can join here 8:30AM ET on Zoom. All welcome.

Please reach out to Libby (libby@bombsite.com) if you have suggestions or an organization to add.

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COVID-19 Artist Resources
Jean Jacques Rousseau, Eight of Hearts