Life update, Thursday, March 19: Working through health crisis and economy
Our current health crisis with coronavirus/COVID-19 and its effects on the economy have taken quite a toll on the arts, entertainment and activities scene.
Here are some things going on as we arrive at the later part of a very tough week:
• The Rose Festival has completed its Rose Festival Court, naming Wilson High junior Emma Laboe as the 15th and final princess Thursday.
Meanwhile, Jeff Curtis, chief executive officer, said that the Rose Festival, originally scheduled for May 22-June 7, would be postponed but that organizers are committed to putting on a festival in 2020, perhaps in August. (See story on our website).
The 2020 Rose Festival Court:
Princesses named, so far: Central Catholic, Melyssa Okazaki; Lincoln, Anya Anand; Benson, Roserina Chipen; Madison, Wren Louis; Roosevelt, Dyllan Newville; Metro West, Kimberly Huynh, Liberty; Metro East, Jensen Kaelin, Lake Oswego; Parkrose, Brenda Ortegon Briceno; Cleveland, Zoey Weesner; David Douglas, Michelle Le; Wilson, Emma Laboe; St. Mary's Academy, Grace Gentner; Jefferson, Natalie Cetina-Huchin; Grant, Carmella Thomas; Franklin, Dore Young.
For more: rosefestival.org.
• BodyVox is moving to the virtual stage. The spring show "Nineteen*Twenty" is rescheduled for December, but the dance company will be live-streaming full-length shows.
The shows "Cosmosis" (March 22-April 12), "Rain & Roses" (April 5-April 26) and "Death and Delight" (April 9-May 10) will be available through live-streaming.
The fifth annual Contact Dance Film Festival will be available via live-stream airing, starting April 30.
For more: www.bodyvox.com.
• Washington Park has suspended free shuttle service, and cultural institutions have temporarily closed: Hoyt Arboretum, International Rose Test Garden Gift Shop, Oregon Zoo, Portland Children's Museum, Portland Japanese Garden, World Forestry Center & Discovery Museum.
The park's trails and natural spaces remain open.
For more see the Explore Washington Park website, www.explorewashingtonpark.com.
• Obviously, arts organizations and individuals are being hit hard, but people are rallying.
Artslandia, an online performing arts guide, has launched the Portland Culture Media Hub "Artslandia Standing By ...," with online programs meant to elevate artistry, lift spirits and promote connection. See www.artslandia.com (and a story on our website) for more.
Oregon Public Broadcasting, a Tribune media partner, has started a list of streaming concerts being performed by Pacific Northwest artists. The list is available at www.opb.org/opbmusic/article/pnw-streaming-concert-calendar.
And, OPB now has an online musical festival at www.opb.org/opbmusic/article/virtual-music-festival-coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, funded by the city and private donors, Metro and Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties, has long been known in the community for helping individuals and companies with fundraising, promoting public art projects and fostering education. And, it's been expanding its reach with Executive Director Madison Cario.
Now, it's put out a survey to gauge what individuals and companies have suffered in the current environment. It sent out the Oregon Arts Organizations & Individuals COVID-19 Impact Survey via email to everybody on its email list.
"This will help funders be responsive, and also help all of us make the case for support to leaders in government, business and philanthrophy," a news release stated.
The data provided will be used by a consortium of regional state-wide funders — currently the Miller Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Tualatin Valley Creates and RACC are working in partnership.
A link to the survey can be found at www.racc.org/covid19impact.
The survey closes at 8 a.m. Monday, March 23.
• For Twitter users, the Portland Art Museum has a hashtag for sharing art and exhibits from many museums with people.
It's #MuseumfromHome. Portland Art Museum will be posting content, including a video walk-through of its "Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art" exhibit (see photo above).
• For outdoor recreation, Oregon State Parks and Portland Parks and Recreation parks remain open, as do National Park Service parks.
In fact, Crater Lake National Park has announced that, while the Steel Visitor Center at park headquarters has closed, fees will not be collected and "where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, park areas remain open," a news release said. "It is still possible to come view the lake and go for a snowshoe walk or cross-country ski on your own."
The Rim Cafe and Gift Shop remains open; food will be take-out only.
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