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The COVID-19 crisis impact on traditional educational programming is challenging teaching artists to rethink how to engage their students while adapting to a new set of technology challenges. ArtsFairfax is helping teaching artists adapt their residences for virtual participation during the pandemic closures.

Whether in person or online, ArtsFairfax is committed to offering ongoing opportunities for artists to practice their crafts and the community to engage in quality arts experiences. The 2020 program will focus on helping teaching artists adapt their residences for virtual participation.

Through a series of 4 online sessions, experts in the field shared how to overcome technical challenges through the various formats available and the advantages of each, how to market and monetize online arts education programs, and how to work online with students through Fairfax County Public Schools and aging adults including the Virtual Center for Active Adults.

Adapting Virtual Residencies with Senior Centers (October 21, 2020)

Janie Tursini, Fairfax County Arts for the Aging Director & CEO | Sarah House, Fairfax County Arts for the Aging Program Director | Gwendolyn Jones, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services – Virtual Center for Active Adults | Kristin Roman, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, Director of Senior Services, ServiceSource
Arts for the Aging Janine Tursini and Sarah House explored how they adapted residencies virtually in senior centers for their teaching artists. This included an interactive performance from teaching artists Peter Burroughs and Carlos César Rodríguez and guidelines and topics from their workshop. Gwendolyn Jones and Kristin Roman provided insights on how the Virtual Center for Active Adults works through Neighborhood and Community Services. View the entire session to learn more.

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