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The Washington County arts and culture group is adapting to reach people online, with gatherings restricted.

PMG FILE PHOTO - A student paints a metal bird during an arts class at Charles F. Tigard Elementary School in 2016. Organizations like Tualatin Valley Creates work to nurture and develop Washington County residents' artistic talents.Oregon has been under a stay-home order for more than a month, with no clear sign of when it will be lifted.

As individuals, businesses and public officials work to slow the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the Washington County-based arts and culture organization Tualatin Valley Creates is doing its best to adapt.

Tualatin Valley Creates typically holds in-person workshops. Past events, from before the coronavirus outbreak reached Oregon in late February, included a wine glass painting glass before the December holidays, "Painting Palooza!" for kids over winter break, and watercolor bird-painting workshops in January.

Instead of canceling all upcoming events outright, Tualatin Valley Creates now plans to hold several as webinars or digital showcases.

Workshops like "How to Interview on TV and

Radio" on May 27 and "How to Talk About Your Work" on June 9 will be taught online.

The May 27 webinar is free, while the June 9 has a $25 registration fee. Visit the Tualatin Valley Creates website to register.

The Arts and Culture Leadership Incubator program that Tualatin Valley Creates recently started will culminate with a digital showcase from May 25 to May 29, giving participating artists the chance to share their work even if galleries are closed.

Tualatin Valley Creates has also set up a resource page for the arts community during the coronavirus pandemic, including links to contribute or apply to emergency relief funds for artists.

Editor's note: Pamplin Media Group reporter and editor Gabby Urenda is a presenter of the "How to Interview on TV and Radio" workshop. She was not involved in the writing and publication of this article.


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