Be well, be creative

The Muse Machine staff is working remotely in light of the current health situation.

The Advanced Teacher Training Seminar and the Summer Institute for Educators have become virtual events with participation from home. An announcement about our Summer Concert will be made sometime in July.

The Muse staff is working with local teachers, arts organizations, arts creators ad health care professionals to determine the shape of our programs and services for the 2020-21 season.

We continue to develop arts and education experiences for young people and their teachers during this challenging time and beyond!

Need to reach us?

While the Muse staff is working remotely,  email communication will be most effective. Find our email addresses here.

Not sure which member of our staff you should email? Send your message here and we’ll get it to the right person.

COVID-19 resources

DO THE FIVE: Help stop coronavirus
From the World Health Organization

1. HANDS Wash them often
2. ELBOW Cough into it
3. FACE Don’t touch it
4. FEET Stay more than 6 feet apart
5. FEEL sick? Stay home

COVID-19 info from the CDC COVID-19 info from the Mayo Clinic COVID-19 info from the Ohio Dept of Health

Free streaming and more

In addition to paid streaming services like Netflix, here are a few free options to fill some of the hours while you’re home:

Audible, the world’s leading provider of audiobooks. is currently providing free streaming of a large selection of audiobooks in categories that include: Littlest Listeners, Elementary, Tween, Teen and Literary Classics. Details here

The Contemporary is hosting a weekly Art Lunch, Virtually. Visual artists can share their work, engage in discussions and network via Zoom each Thursday at noon. Details here

• Find movies, TV episodes and original content for free on Crackle. Available on mobile devices, AndroidTV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, many smart TVs and via your computer browser. Details here

Dayton Live is posting videos each Friday on a topics ranging from World Theatre Day to poetry to comedy and more. Watch on their Facebook page. Details here

Dayton Philharmonic and Discover Classical partner to share favorite concerts from the last five seasons. Enjoy Concert Night each Saturday at 8pm at WDPR 88.1FM or WDPG 89.9FM or stream online. Details here

• Watch a virtual exhibition of Miami Valley visual artists, presented by the Dayton Society of Artists. Details here

Discover Classical is providing an hour of the perfect background music for studying at 9am each weekday. Tune in at 88.1FM, 89.9FM or stream online.

Google Arts & Culture allows you to take virtual tours of over 1,200 museums and galleries. Access varies by location, and that list can be daunting, so Google created this list of selected top museums. And if you’d like to see even more, you can explore the entire list here.

HBO has made some of its original series, documentaries and movies available for free. Details here

• You can also sign into Hoopla with your library card to access their collection of movies, TV shows, music, ebooks, audiobooks and comics. Available on mobile devices, AndroidTV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku and many smart TVs. Details here

• Every week, Jazz at Lincoln Center is releasing concerts from its vault via YouTube. Details here

• Use your library card to sign into Kanopy to access their collection of movies, documentaries and a kids section. Available on mobile devices, AndroidTV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku and many smart TVs. Details here

• The Kennedy Center provides daily online releases of performances, from contemporary music, to classical to opera to international. Details here

• The Metropolitan Opera in NYC (one of Muse’s arts partners) will stream a different production each day while we are observing social distancing. Details here

• The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is streaming a different concert each week. Details here

• England’s National Theatre will stream a different show each week for free, with a wide variety of contemporary and classic theatre. Details here

Nikon is providing free access to its online photography classes through April. Details here

Movies Anywhere (a free movie streaming app which provides free copies of films you may have purchased elsewhere, including iTunes and Amazon) has added Screen Pass, a new feature that will allow members to lend digital movies to friends. Details here

Sling TV now offers Sling Free, with more than 5,000 movies and TV shows to watch, free of charge. Details here

Stirr TV provides live local news, TV series, live sports and movies for free. Available on mobile devices, AndroidTV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku and via your computer browser. Details here

At home learning

The following free sites have learning activities kids can do from home or resources for teachers/parents:

• The Kennedy Center provides an array of resources for teaching online, remote learning, arts education, special education and more. Details here

• Scholastic Learn at Home provides free daily learning activities for different age groups in the PreK through grade 6 range. Details here

• For students, access to the internet is more important than ever. This is an exhaustive guide to to affordable internet access from the great team at We Are Teachers. Details here

• This resource page from We Are Teachers provides a long list of learning sites which are free or offer free use during the period of social distancing. Options are clear and are divided for ages, subjects, etc. Details here

• Kids, parents and educators, check out this list of children’s authors doing online read aloud and activities (with options for preK through 12). This list is also compiled by We Are Teachers. Details here

• For educators, The Art Of Education University is hosting free online weekly webinars, each Thursday at 8pm EST, discussing tips for teaching online, lessons to teach from home, self care during a crisis and more. Details here

• These creative activities for children in grades PK-2 are presented by Apple and can be done on an iPad or iPhone. Details here

• Our arts partner, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, has created videos and activities to guide your exploration of Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Details here