Four ways to get your arts and culture fix

Museums, theatres and gardens at the U, from Red Butte Garden to Pioneer Theatre Company, may be closed due to the coronavirus but that is not keeping staff from finding innovative ways to bring virtual offerings to patrons. There are fun, entertaining and educational options for all ages. Here are four of the many offerings to check out:

  1. Boredom Busters from Red Butte Garden offers free activities designed for kids, families and adults. Learn how to make mind-bending art, calculate the age of a tree, the science of pine cones and tree roots, and more!
  2. Pioneer Theatre Company says the show must go . . . online! The theatre is creating short videos that take you behind the scenes with front-row “isolation” performances of its cast and crew.
  3. Sofa Science from the Natural History Museum of Utah lets kids (and their parents!) learn about sneaky bacteria, venomous snails and more. So much fun! Episodes are posted on the museum’s blog, along with conversations with scientists, tips on how to forage in your backyard and finding nature in the city.
  4. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is bringing its collections to the comfort of your living room with virtual art tours, activities and behind-the-scenes stories. One cool tour online now: Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints.