Be well, be creative

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

For the remainder of this academic season, out-of-school performances will not occur. Elementary/preschool residencies and in-school performances for high schools and middle schools will be rescheduled.

The Advanced Teacher Training Seminar in NYC will not occur this summer and participants are being contacted.

The Summer Institute for Educators and our Summer Concert remain on schedule at this time. The upcoming weeks will inform the best course for these events in the interest of public safety.

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

CBS All Access, which offers original programming as well as the back catalog of CBS shows, is free through April 23 with the code GIFT. 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

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 many of its original series, documentaries and movies available for free through the month of April via the HBO Go or HBO Now apps or HBO on demand via cable services. 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

• 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

• 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

• 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