Creative Quarantine Studio

Experience community while keeping your distance

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Posted by Lincoln City Cultural Center on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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The Creative Quarantine Project, launched on March 26, is designed to keep us connected while we keep our distance. The Creative Quarantine Studio offers concerts, readings, stories, poetry, studio tours and other programs, through the LCCC Facebook Page. Whenever possible, the broadcast is live, allowing all those who are watching to post comments that the artist can see in real time.

The CQ Kids Program offers free art projects for families who are trying to learn (and stay sane) at home. Art project packets are distributed for free, while supplies last, from 1 to 3 pm each Thursday in the LCCC parking lot, 540 NE Hwy. 101. Visual arts director Krista Eddy also creates projects with everyday household objects, and posts project sheets and instructional videos.

The LCCC’s Creative Quarantine Studio will be a daily dose of art—by our community and for our community—free and accessible for everyone. It’s made possible by donation from the community and grants from the Oregon Community Foundation and NW Oregon Works. These resources will be available through May 31 – and beyond, if necessary.

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An exciting & evolving line-up

Since the series began on March 26, the CQ Studio series has presented concerts by fiddler Kevin Burke, and the brew-making duo Matt & Amy White, as well as a foray into augmented reality poetry by Ger Killean and a live concert from Ecuador featuring Oregon Coast favorites Familia Chayag. Upcoming sessions will feature piano and vocals by Halie Loren (May 2), jazz by Ben Rosenblum (May 18) and studio tours of some of the coast’s most interesting artists, including Nora Sherwood (above).

There’s one more aspect to the Creative Quarantine Project: coordinated projects with the community at large. Using this structure (drive-through kits and live online presentations) the LCCC is providing a venue for other annual events to reach this social-isolation audience. On April 9, the Kiwanis provided more than 250 Easter Egg Hunt kits, which were distributed at the Cultural Center, and the CQ Studio hosted the online Easter Bunny countdown on Saturday. On April 18, @lincolncityculture was be the place to find an online version of the Community Days favorite, Doggone Crazy Days.

On Thursday, April 23, the Cultural Center joined the semi-virtual Community Days Food Drive to help collect 1,752 pounds of nonperishable food and $4173 in cash donations for the Lincoln City Food Pantry.

“We’re just trying to stay connected with these annual events and with each other. We are absolutely thrilled by the number of families who have been lining up for the art kits and by the number of views we are seeing on our Facebook site. Thanks so much to everyone who is taking part. It really makes it exciting for us,” said Niki Price, executive director.

“I’ve been watching performances and messages from artists all over the world, but I’m also really curious about the creative things that are happening right here, in Lincoln City. This CQ Studio is allowing us to share with one another, and let the world see what we’re up to. During the Kevin Burke concert, we had views from New York, Cornwall, Italy and many other locations. It’s a big creative hello! From the Oregon Coast.”

Here’s the schedule as it stands on April 28. Videos are available to view afterwards, as well:

Wednesday, April 29 – Studio Tour with Ben Soeby, 11 am on FB

Thursday, April 30 — Creative Quarantine art packet distribution, 1 pm, LCCC Parking Lot

Friday, May 1 – Aesop in the Afternoon, Stories with Doug Force, 1:30 pm on FB

Friday, May 1 — Creative Quarantine demonstration video drop, time TBD

Saturday, May 2 – Piano & vocals by Halie Loren, 3:33 pm on FB

Monday, May 4 – Songs for the Wild, An Online Concert to Benefit Westwind, 5-7 pm FB

Thursday, May 7 — Creative Quarantine art packet distribution, 1 pm, LCCC Parking Lot

Friday, May 8 – Siletz Bay Music Festival Weekend, Jazz Night, TBD on FB

Saturday, May 9 – Siletz Bay Music Festival Weekend, Mei Ting Sun piano, 5 pm on FB

Sunday, May 10 – Siletz Bay Music Festival Weekend, Family Concert, 4 pm on FB

Monday, May 18 – Jazz Piano by Ben Rosenblum, Time TBD on FB The Cultural Center welcomes the community to participate in this project. If you would like to provide a project, donation, idea or other contribution, send a message through the Facebook page or contact Niki Price, 541-921-2006 or lcccdirector@gmail.com.

The schedule is still under construction, but look for art demonstrations, yoga sessions, gallery tours, cooking classes and more. If you’d like to be included in the schedule, leave a message on the @lincolncityculture Facebook Page or write to LCCC director Niki Price at lcccdirector@gmail.com.

Free for everyone to watch & participate

It’s completely free to watch and participate in the online Creative Quarantine.

We will be broadcasting the daily video to Facebook with an opportunity to donate to support creativity on the Central Oregon Coast.

Each day’s contributions will be split evenly between the nonprofit Lincoln City Cultural Center and the featured artist (or the artist’s chosen charity).

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The LCCC will also reward its donors—both new and renewing members—giving $35 or more with the official Chessman Gallery 2020 canvas shopping bag.

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