Creative Resources for Connecting

With limited human interaction due to the current pandemic, we are relying on digital platforms to help us connect more than ever.  Below is a collection of creative expression resources to help you navigate this challenging time categorized under Families, All Ages, AdultsCOVID-19 Resources and Instagram Accounts. We encourage you to revisit this page as we continue updating it and please check each organization’s website for the most up-to-date information. If you have resources you’d like to share, please email our Digital Media Associate, Janelle Ketcher, at janelle@uclartsandhealing.org

 

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123 Andres
Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés, and their catchy songs and lively concerts get the whole family dancing and learning, in Spanish and English.
Frequency: Live every Sunday at 2:00 pm on Facebook or Instagram.
Music, Movement 

2727 California
Art & education initiative and an artist-in-residence program providing online programs.
Frequency: Various, please visit the organization’s website.
Art, Poetry, Writing

Able ARTS Work
The primary vision of Able ARTS Work (formerly known as Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc.) is to provide lifelong learning, community service and vocational opportunities through the creative arts for people of all abilities and all ages in an environment of warmth, encouragement and inclusion. Check out our YouTube channel for Virtual Learning videos created by our incredible staff! Get in touch with your creative side while you’re safe at home.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, Music

Art Bar Blog
Art blog for young children sharing weekly Art and Activity Guides for Kids in Quarantine.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art

ArtForce Iowa 
ArtForce Iowa is a non-profit with the mission to transform youth in need through art. Join them via Facebook for easy and fun art activities designed to reduce stress and anxiety. For all ages, with materials you have available at home.
Frequency: 11:30 am CT every weekday
Art, Mindfulness

Art with Heart: Emotions Map
Use color and pattern to explore emotions and describe how you’re feeling right now.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art

Art with Heart: Make Your Emotions Move
Sometimes it’s hard to know what we’re feeling until we stop and think about it. This is a game to help us connect how we feel, with how we express ourselves.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Movement

Busy Crown Coloring Book
Coloring book to help children understand how to communicate with their busy, multi-tasking parents during this challenging time by Lisa Timms. Free download available in 15 languages.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, Storytelling 

 

Cayton Museum at Santa Monica Place
#CaytonRecess brings the Museum to you virtually with storytelling, music and sing-a-longs, creative exercises and art making on Instagram.
Frequency
: Every weekday at 11:00 am & 3:00 pm
Art, Music, Storytelling

Children’s Book World Remote Learning Activities
Resources for teachers and parents during the COVID-19 crisis of materials that will entertain, instruct, and inspire children and young people.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, Storytelling

 

Children’s Museum Atlanta
Through community outreach initiatives, educational programs, and exhibits designed for children ages 0–8, the Museum strives to spark every child’s imagination, sense of discovery and learning through the power of play.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, Music, Storytelling

Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Videos, sing-a-longs, games and so much more for you to do together with your family at home!
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, Music, Movement, Storytelling

Co Author
Application that helps you engage in meaningful conversations with your child. Subscribe to their newsletter for free weekly thinking templates.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Storytelling, Writing, Art

Cosmic Kids Yoga
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids. Interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence – and get kids into yoga and mindfulness early!
Frequency: At your own pace.
Movement, Mindfulness

Create CA: #CreateAtHome
#CreateAtHome is for all of us – whether you’re a parent homeschooling, a student stuck at home, or just a regular Joe looking for a creative outlet. Split into six categories, Create CA has curated the best resources out there. Visit their website to start exploring!
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, Music, Theater

Drawing Club with Artist Ramona Muse Lambert
To JOIN: bring yourself, a pen and something to draw with! Games and a quick lesson inspired by years of teaching kids drawing classes.
Frequency: Various, please visit the artist’s website.
Art

Education through Music Los Angeles: Distance Learning
Music based learning resources for kids from Education Through Music-LA, a non-profit that gives children hope for a brighter future by putting music back in schools.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Music

 

Go Noodle
GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
Frequency: At your own pace.
Movement, Music

Inner-City Arts
Inner-City Arts, widely regarded as one of the nation’s most effective arts education providers, is an oasis of learning, achievement and creativity in the heart of Skid Row, and a vital partner in the work of creating a safer, healthier Los Angeles.
Frequency: Various, please visit the organization’s website.
Art, Theater, Music

Inner Flower Child Art Activities
At Inner Flower Child Books, they create and publish children’s books that are heartwarming and healing – engaging young readers through lyrical text and bright illustrations. Their books make lovely bedtime stories, but also have a bigger purpose: to comfort children going through difficult times. Check out their free art activities to support their books.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, Storytelling

 

The Hole Lotta Time: Design Exhibition
With kids across the country out of school and stuck at home for a while, The Rabbit hole has developed a challenge for all of our young, book-loving friends out there.
Frequency: Due on May 15.
Art, Storytelling

 

Live Readings with Levar Burton
During this difficult time, LeVar would like to contribute by reading aloud to folks who could use some diversion for themselves and their families.
Frequency: Monday Mornings 9:00 am PST (Children’s Stories), Wednesday Afternoons 12:00 pm PST (Young Adult), Friday Evenings 6:00 pm PST (Adults)
Storytelling

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!
Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.
Frequency: Weekdays at 1:00 pm ET
Art

Monster Meditations
As a way to combat stress and anxiety during these challenging times, Sesame Street and Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, today announced they have teamed up to create “Monster Meditations,” six animated shorts to help children learn the fundamentals of mindfulness, meditation and social and emotional learning.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Mindfulness

Morning Cartooning with Teacher Noah
Teach Noah combines the comfort of Saturday morning cartoons and the creative learning of the classroom into one fun-packed hour. This weekly series will cover beginner and intermediate art activities for kids using supplies you probably already have in your home!
Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 10:00 am to 11:00 am PST
Art

Noah’s Ark at the Skirball: The Art of Imagination
Now available for virtual boarding—Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™: The Art of Imagination, bringing the messages and meaning of one of LA’s favorite children’s and family destination into your classrooms and homes! Explore Noah’s Ark virtually through a suite of online programs and FREE educational resources developed for Pre-K through Grade 5 distance learning, and take part in this timeless story of weathering storms, fostering community, and building a better world.
Frequency: At your own pace and various, please visit website.
Storytelling, Mindfulness 

Partners for Youth Development
Activities, games, and resources to fuel your facilitation practice with youth.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, Music

 

P.S. Arts: To go! Projects
P.S. ARTS is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities. P.S. ARTS is the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides high quality arts education in dance, music, theater, and visual arts to every child in a school during the regular school day and after-school.
Frequency
: At your own pace. 
Art

Read-Along with PBS KIDS!
To encourage family engagement and a love of reading at home, PBS KIDS offers families a place to come together and read along with fan-favorites on YouTube. Along with story-time of a beloved book, each PBS KIDS Read-Along is designed to encourage engagement among families who tune in, with activity ideas and questions that spark conversation.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Storytelling

 

SELFY: Social Emotional Learning for Youth
SELFY is a social and emotional support program that focuses on health and wellness, mindfulness, and education through dialogue, open communication, and team building activities.
Frequency: Wednesdays at 1:15 pm PST
Art, Mindfulness

Secrets of the Heart TV
Secrets of the Heart TV features standards-based educational content which provides arts, language, culture and social-emotional learning for children 4-8.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Arts, Mindfulness, Storytelling 

Stay Home with Candlewick Press
Free download of Coronavirus: A Book for Children, an informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. Their website also includes activity sheets, discussion guides, educational materials, story-hour kits, audio book samples, and author & illustrator articles from your favorite children’s books.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, storytelling

 

Stop, Breathe, and Think
Stop, Breathe, and Think’s mission is to help kids, teens and young adults build the emotional strength to tackle life’s ups and downs. Their apps are a freemium model meaning 30+ activities will always be free upon sign-up and they offer free features for educators. They are currently offering two categories, Calm Coronavirus Anxiety and For Kids with all premium tracks available to users for the next 60 days.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Mindfulness

Stress Coping Skills Bag for Kids
How to make a Stress Bag by Jeanette Yoffe Foster Care & Adoption Therapy
Frequency: At your own pace.
Mindfulness

Taking Note: Musical Activities to Support Parent-Child Relationships
Learn more about parent-child musical activities, songs, and tips from National Endowment for the Arts.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Music

Turnaround Arts California
The arts are vital to helping us to manage stress, connect with each other, and find joy. Turnaround Arts California has curated a collection of resources, lesson plans, and online offerings for your use during school closures and distance learning. Please visit their website to explore relevant resources.
Frequency: At your own pace
Art, Mindfulness

Voices of Youth
Discover the stories, illustrations and messages of support shared by the Voices of Youth community around the world trying to adapt to this new (temporary) normal. And share yours! If you are between 13 and 24, share your illustrations, drawings and other art content that help raise awareness on the importance of supporting each other, kindness in times of crisis and taking care of your mental health.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art

Where Happiness Hides
This is a free ebook story from Dirt Land Press that invites you to find the mysterious places where happiness might be waiting for you. You won’t have to look very far … happiness is hiding right inside you. In this story you will see where two children find the keys to their happiness, in the small moments of their everyday life.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Storytelling

 

Worthy Beyond Purpose
Worthy Beyond Purpose brings mindfulness & meditation practices to children around the world.
Frequency: Various, please visit the organization’s website.
Movement, Mindfulness

 

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Broad from Home
While The Broad may be temporarily closed, they’re still committed to inspiring and fostering an appreciation of contemporary art. Through their new digital initiatives, they’re offering ways to experience #TheBroadFromHome, to find inspiration through music, poetry, and conversations (from a distance!), and to stay connected to one another.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, Music, Poetry

The Broad Stage Learning Hub
The Broad Stage’s Learning Hub is an essential destination for parents, kids, teachers and everyone who is interested in deepening their understanding and appreciation of the performing arts! Join them on Monday’s for Music Mondays for special musical performances!.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Dance, Theater, Music

COVID-19 Time Capsule Coloring Sheet
Activity for younger children and adults in multiple languages as we go through difficult experiences that may be difficult to put into words. These free downloads help give everyone a way to voice their feelings about this pandemic in a creative and indirect way.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, Storytelling, Writing

 

Des Moines Botanical Garden
With a mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden inspires and engages visitors through education, experience and exploration. As a renowned cultural institution, the Botanical Garden cultivates diverse plants and connects people to the environment surrounding them. Check out their Facebook page for meditations and blues music!
Frequency: At your own pace.
Music, Mindfulness

Des Moines Art Center: Choose your own Adventure
The Des Moines Art Center launched virtual tours of their permanent collections and special exhibitions in March 2020. The tours allow visitors to click through the extensive collections as if they were at the museum, walking through the galleries.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art

Drawing Together
The Graphic Medicine international conference organizers will be launching a free weekly virtual meet-up called “Drawing Together.” They will provide a Zoom link, a topic, and a group facilitator.  All in the world-wide Graphic Medicine community are welcome to join them to chat, draw, support one another, and share.
Frequency: Sundays, 9:00 am PT
Art

Hammer Museum: Mindful Awareness
Since 2010, the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center has been holding a weekly meditation at the Hammer. For the next few months, these meditations will be held weekly via Zoom. Our hope is that mindfulness can be a refuge for you in challenging times.
Frequency: Thursdays at 12:30 pm
Mindfulness

Headspace
Application to explore guided exercises, videos, and more to help you get healthier and happier. They are offering free content during the pandemic.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Mindfulness

Kennedy Center @ Home
Enjoy free videos of extraordinary live and on-demand performances and educational activities to do at home, with new releases daily.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Dance, Music, Theater,

Lasting Impression Center
Lasting Impression Center has the mission to ensure that more people, particularly victims of violence and abuse, can recover from their trauma through access to and use of various forms of art therapy. Join them for movement and connection sessions.
Frequency: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 pm PS
Movement, Mindfulness

Marie’s Crisis Dueling Pianos
The coronavirus crisis has forced the beloved West Village piano bar to close its doors for now. But in a typical display of communal spirit, the Marie’s Crisis staff is soldiering on. Every night on the Facebook page, the talented pianists who would normally be playing at the bar will be live-streaming their sets to audiences at home. All you need to do to be part of the nightly festivities is apply to join the group; it is normally closed, but is currently accepting all applicants.
Frequency: 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm ET, Monday through Friday.
Music

Museum of Contemporary Art LA
The museum has created new and daily series that is available on online and across MOCA’s social media platforms to continue to provide hours of meaningful, creative, and fun opportunities for all of us to connect during this moment of physical distance.
Frequency: Various, please visit the organization’s website.
Art, Mindfulness

On Being: A Care Package for Uncertain Times
The On Being Project is an independent, nonprofit media and public life initiative. They are offering a collection of podcasts and poetry for however you’re processing this moment.
Frequency: At your own pace
Poetry, Meditation, Storytelling

SketchPoetic
Listen to Beyond Barrier’s podcast: Self-Care in Uncertain Times with SketchPoetic’s Sheila Darcy.
Frequency:
At your own pace.
Art

Skillshare
Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. On Skillshare, millions of members come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey. You can subscribe for free for 30 days or check out their free videos.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, Writing, Mindfulness

SPARC: We’ll Bring the Streets to You
In this virtual tour series, Social and Public Art Resource Center will use technology to keep you connected to beloved murals and the stories they tell.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, Storytelling, Mindfulness

StoryCorps
App that guides users through the interview experience from start to finish with easy-to-use tools to help you prepare interview questions, record high-quality conversations on your mobile device, and upload the audio to the Library of Congress.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Storytelling

Stuck at Home (Together)
As we physically isolate ourselves due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our need for social connection to get through these uncertain and challenging times is more important than ever. That’s what the UnLonely Project is all about and we’ve got a unique way of helping us all do that. Take a look.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Storytelling, Writing, Music

UF Health: AIM to Connect
Use these virtual resources to listen to music, learn visual arts skills and techniques, enjoy poetry, relax with mindful movement, and more. These resources are prepared for you by the teams at UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine and Integrative Therapies.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Music, Art, Mindfulness, Storytelling, Poetry

 

Visual Thinking Strategies
VTS is much more than an art curriculum; as a facilitation method and professional development program that fosters collaborative, inclusive, community-building dialogue, VTS has the power to change the way we relate to one another as teachers, students, and colleagues.
Frequency: “Images of the Day” post on their website daily.
Art, Storytelling

WeRISE: Virtual May
Virtual May is a month-long spotlight on wellbeing and healing through art, music and creative expression to help the entire Los Angeles County community organized by WeRISE.
Frequency: Various, please visit the organization’s website.
Art, Music, Movement, Poetry, Mindfulness

 

 

Yoga With Adriene
Youtube channel with the mission is to connect as many people as possible through high-quality free yoga videos.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Movement, Mindfulness

 

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Alzheimer’s Poetry Project: Poetry for life!
Poetry for Life! Do you know any kids or elders or cats or anyone really, stuck in the safety of their home? Poetry for Life is a 15-minute long show that sounds like an old-fashioned radio show. Suitable for all ages! Funny Poems! HappyPoems! Poems that make you want to Dance. Love Poems! Silly Poems! Won’t you listen in and take a chance? Please visit the organization’s website for information on how to join.
Frequency: Monday through Friday, through April 10th, at 10:30 am EDT
Poetry, Storytelling

Alzheimer’s Poetry Project Minnesota
Beginning March 19, 2020, and lasting through the quarantine of our institutionalized elder friends, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project Minnesota will post a poem a day every day on their website, along with an accompanying image, a link to a related song, and a Beautiful Question for discussion.You can use this little cache of goodness to conduct your own poetry sessions anywhere, anytime, whether one-on-one or in a very small group, in an elder living community or at home with kids, online or on the phone. And of course you can choose to use any of the posts at any time.
Frequency: A new poem added every day, do activity at your own pace.
Poetry, Art, Storytelling

Arts in Medicine: University of Florida Health
The mission of Arts in Medicine has always been to connect with the hospital community and beyond around the arts in health. Their teams are proud to present new ways of connection to those who have limited access to in-person engagements through virtual live-streaming, prerecorded classes and workshops, and other online resources. Classes for older adults, seniors, individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders, and individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and their caregivers and/or loved ones.
Frequency: Various, please visit the organization’s website.
Movement, Mindfulness

Gratitude Artwork for Healthcare Professionals at NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals Arts in Medicine recognize the arts as one of the most powerful means for communication, connection, and coping we have at our disposal today. At NYC Health + Hospitals, their staff are working tirelessly on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, and the Arts in Medicine department would like help from our artist community to help give thanks. They are requesting artwork or poster designs that clearly give thanks to their healthcare staff, with messages written in English or Spanish. They will print these designs as posters, flyers, and cards distributed across our system; and will use the digital files on screensavers and emails to their staff.
Frequency: Accepting submissions through May 31.
Art

Love in the Time of Corona
Free weekly journaling series with Kay Adams, LPC, Certified Journal Therapist, Founder and Director of The Center for Journal Therapy. Join journal writers from all over the world–at least 12 countries are represented, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Singapore, Spain.
Frequency: Weekly prompts.
Writing

Music Alive!
A series of free webinars to assist this vulnerable population with activities involving music and movement, designed for anyone and everyone (even if you think you have no musical experience).
Frequency: Every Saturday at 1:00 pm EDT through July 11
Movement, Music

 

The Dinner Party
The Dinner Party is building a worldwide community of 20- and 30-somethings who have each experienced the loss of a parent, partner, child, sibling, or close friend. We screen, train and onboard a growing network of more than 300 peer hosts, and connect them to 10-15 would-be Dinner Partiers nearby, who share a similar age and loss experience. Join them for a Yoga + Meditation.
Frequency: Friday, April 3rd
Mindfulness, Movement

Thnx 4
Thnx4 is an online, shareable gratitude journal that helps you say “Thnx” for the goodness in your life.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Writing

TimeSlips: Engagement in a Time of Quarantine
TimeSlips supports a global movement to bring meaning to late life through through creative engagement. Watch for inspiration and resources to help support creative connections in a time of quarantine.
Writing, Storytelling

TimeSlips: Postcards
TimeSlips supports a global movement to bring meaning to late life through through creative engagement. They are assembling a list of nursing homes and other care communities that have expressed interest in receiving postcards. In this uncertain time, sharing notes with a poem, drawing or Beautiful Question that makes you happy can brighten someone’s day.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Writing, Storytelling

TimeSlips: Weekly Dose of Creative Care
TimeSlips supports a global movement to bring meaning to late life through through creative engagement. Sign up to their newsletter to get weekly creative prompts delivered to your inbox for enhanced creativity!
Frequency: Weekly.
Writing, Theater, Storytelling, Art

Time Slips: Window Murals
TimeSlips supports a global movement to bring meaning to late life through through creative engagement. Bring a little beauty to someone’s day with these window mural templates – a fun, interactive way to be creative together while still observing the physical distancing rules of quarantine.
Frequency: At your own pace.
Art, Storytelling

 

Covid-19

 


Building Resiliency and Self-Care in Response to the Corona Virus

Ilene A. Serlin, PH.D, BC-DMT

CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

SEL Resources during COVID

Child Mind Institute
Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus

Common Field
List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Greater Good Magazine
Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus

LA County’s Arts and Culture community COVID Resources
Find a multitude of resources from a variety of sources including LA County officials, local municipal arts and culture agencies, and state and federal agencies.

National Guide for Community Arts Education
Human-Centered Approaches in a Time of Crisis

P.S. Arts
In response to school closures and interruptions in vital services to children and families due to the COVID-19 pandemic, P.S. ARTS is sharing up-to-date news, at-home learning activities, and general resources for teachers, parents, caregivers, artists, and others in our community so we can all stay informed, engaged with each other, and prepared for a rapidly changing future.

Rachel Del Dosso
Cultivating Calm: Art, Writing, And Embodiment Practices For Processing Feelings During Uncertain Times

Seattle Children’s Hospital
Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About COVID-19

These Free Therapy Worksheets Could Save Your Mental Health During Quarantine
MEL Magazine

 

 

Instagram-Accounts
Follow these accounts for expressive Instagram Live sessions!

Debbie Allen Dance Academy
@OfficialDADance
DADA is a non-profit 501(c)3 committed to expanding the reach of dance & theater arts for young people.

Kim Krans
@Kim_Krans
Artist who facilitates adult focused live drawing workshops.

Ryan Heffinton
@Ryan.Heffington
Los Angeles choreographer and dance teacher instagram hosting super fun live classes for all levels and ages.

SketchPoetic
@SketchPoetic
Sketch prompts and video tutorials with Sheila Darcey.

The Gabriella Foundation
@EveryBodyDanceLA
Inspired by the life of Gabriella Axelrad, we are transforming lives and communities through the power of dance.