The Flourish Initiative seeks to unite themes of mental health and creative expression, encouraging healthy conversations & reflection about how the arts impact our well-being.
Last spring, Arts NC State and the Counseling Center hosted the first annual Flourish Festival, spearheaded by our student intern Rebekah Middleton. Due to COVID-19, this spring we are unable to organize an in-person festival, but feel that art and mental wellness should still be celebrated despite our social distancing. From taking advantage of some of our digital art making opportunities to diving into research on how the arts affect mental wellness, we invite you to take a moment to flourish.
Opportunities for NC State Students
- Submit to the Creative Artist Award
March 27extended to April 3 by 11:59pm
- Original one act play, choreographed dance, or composed music.
- Make art to sell in the Online Student Art Sale
- Submission form due by April 3
For Our Community
Online Experiential Arts Resources
Updated on 4/2/20
We have been working hard on compiling a list of online experiential arts resources for you. You can access the full Google Spreadsheet HERE and view select highlights below.
Highlights by art form:
** Indicates an artist who has performed on campus as part of the NC State LIVE performing arts series
Art & Craft Making Projects
NEW! NC State Craft Center Craft Relief: online craft/visual art classes from our very own Craft Center
Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Make Masks For 2020 Healthcare Worker PPE Shortage
Color Our Collections: libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world are sharing free coloring sheets and books based on materials in their collections. Download, print, and share your favorites!
NEW! New York Times Makes a List Like This One: Great Theater, Dance and Classical Music to Tune Into While Stuck at Home
Google Arts & Culture website: visitors can enter a world of learning and 3D experiences. Anyone can learn about nearly any culture, museum, art object, statue, photograph, etc, from the comfort of their own home
Artist Soapbox Podcast:Local artist and Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane’s podcast that celebrates local creatives and audio drama
Creative Morning Talks: Local Creatives give TED style talks
The Social Distancing Festival: an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Virtual School Activities!: A collection of sites to live webcams, virtual tours/trips, and other miscellaneous creative academic sites
NEW! NC State Dance Program: Concert from Your Couch Each week during the COVID-19 shutdown, the Dance Program will l be releasing concerts and performances for you to enjoy from the comfort of your couch!
NC State Dance Program Online Master Classes: To keep you dancing during this time, please enjoy the following list of online classes.
Lucky Plush Virtual Dance Lab A frequent artist on NC State LIVE’s stage, Lucky Plush Productions is a company-in-residence in Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) at UChicago. They are partnering with the TAPS Dance Program to provide online dance and movement classes to the University community and beyond.**
Exquisite Corps A dance-film: 42 American contemporary choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance. And catch the sequel, “And So Say All of Us” at http://bit.ly/JoesFilm
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater YouTube Playlist: Curated dance videos from one of the world’s leading modern dance companies
Pilobolus YouTube Playlist: Curated videos from one of the world’s leading physical dance companies
Carolina Ballet: Posting segments from past performances each week
Museums & Visual Art
Art History: Kahn Academy: This link will take visitors to sources that include short paragraphs, videos, etc. that are super informative and can teach almost any time period or geographical location in the history of art from prehistoric to contemporary.
Online Exhibition: Vermeer and the Master of Genre Painting (at the National Gallery of Art, D.C.)
Online Exhibition: Which Books did Vincent van Gogh Read? (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)
Chicago Art Institute: 44,000 works of art viewable on the Art Institute of Chicago’s site
All Star Orchestra Band Instrument Lessons: Learn about band instruments from expert musicians with the United States Marine Band. Lessons include warm-ups, excerpts, and helpful advice.
Berliner Philharmoniker: The Digital Concert Hall now Free for Everyone!
Choirplace: Online choirs and other resources
Moog & Korg make synth apps free during these times of social distancing & self-quarantine
NEW: The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues New monologues are updated regularly!
NEW: The National Theatre is going to stream a free play every Thursday night
Stream Shakespeare Plays Recorded At The Globe Theatre: Globe Player has paid-for recordings of many of the theatre’s Shakespeare adaptations spanning more than 10 years. You may have to rent certain titles.
The NYC Magnet Theatre Streams Live Improv Shows: You do have to pay for tickets, but for improv fans, it’s worth it!
Costume Design & Visual Art Online Exhibition: Fashioning a Nation – Drawings from the Index of American Design (at the National Gallery of Art, D.C.)
NEW: Joe’s Pub YouTube Channel: NYC’s iconic venue streams new works and shows from their archives
Check back as we will be adding more resources regularly!
See below for research on the arts + wellness
Research on the arts + mental wellness
The healing power of art: Creative activities can relieve stress, aid communication, and help arrest cognitive decline. From Harvard Medical School
Music + Mental Health
How to Use Music for Your Mental Health: From Reachout.com
How Listening to Music Can Have Psychological Benefits: From Verywellmind.com
Dance + Mental Health