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Virtual On-Demand Experiences

Film | The Music of Strangers

The Grammy-nominated documentary The Music of Strangers, follows members of the Ensemble as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.

Featured in this film is Silk Road member and pipa player Wu Man, who will be interviewed as part of the Artist Talk series for Carlsbad audiences. After watching The Music of Strangers, bring your questions to ask Wu Man during a dynamic discussion about her artistry.

  • Free streaming available soon

Performance and Lesson | Scenes at Home with Playwrights Project

Collect stories across generations! Through a lesson and materials created by professional writers from Playwrights Project, families can learn how to write short monologues and scenes shaped from interviews with loved ones. We encourage you to reach out to seniors in your family or community, and anyone can write their own story as well!

During the summer, young writers were invited to submit their short monologues and plays inspired by conversations with their loved ones. Three scenes were selected to be performed by professional actors at home during quarantine.

Workshop | Embroider a Word with Michelle Montjoy

Using hankies, participants will embroider their favorite word, phrase, poem or sentence. With the meditative quality of embroidery to underscore one's connection to language and a re-interpretation of domestic craft, participants will learn various techniques to make their own emblematic hankie for wiping tears or pinning to the wall.

Supply List: Fabric (hankie, pillowcase, white cotton fabric, etc.), white Paper (or computer paper with printer, if available), tape, pencil, or fabric marker if available, needle, thread, embroidery hoop, or pieces of cardboard and pins.

Workshop | Embroidery on Postcards with Bhavna Mehta

Use embroidery to enhance a story, add pattern, a flash of texture or text to a postcard. In this workshop we will combine paper and thread to extend the image on a postcard.

Supply List: Postcard, old photograph, magazine photos (use what you have, anything with thick enough paper to embroider upon), basic sewing thread, scissors, needles, embroidery thread (available in any craft store), awl (can use needle if you don’t have one), tape (double-sided used in video).

Workshop | Totally Textile with Irma Sofia Poeter

In this workshop we will paint and decorate a garment or a piece of fabric with other pieces of fabric to form a design. We will use simple embroidery techniques to embellish the worked piece.

Dance | Aging Creatively with San Diego Dance Theater

This series of four 45-minute classes is specifically designed for moving bodies 55+ years of age and provide an enriching opportunity to share the joy of movement while enhancing the health and well-being of each individual. This class is adapted to accommodate the physical needs of the participants (i.e., use of chairs, walls to hold onto, etc.) and welcomes for beginners with no dance experience. Instructor Yvonne Gagliardo is a professional San Diego dancer with over 25 years of experience performing, teaching and specializes in exercise physiology.

Virtual Gallery Tour: Edges Frayed

This exhibition brings together three Southern California artists: Bhavna Mehta, Michelle Montjoy, and Irma Sofia Poeter, in a material-rich conversation about construction and connection.

Create Art at Home!

The Arts Education Team believes that the arts are an essential part of our daily lives. Our dedicated Arts Instructors have created art projects and activities that anyone can do from home with a few basic materials and a creative spirit.

Performing arts programs are generously funded by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts and the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation's Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund.