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Arts and culture can be a safe haven for children at any age — especially during troubled times. Happiness and creativity go hand-in-hand and, according to Americans for the Arts, children who participate in arts activities go on to lead healthier lives and more successful careers as adults.

Below are a just few free virtual cultural activities in Palm Beach County that children and teenagers can participate in this summer. And for more ideas, visit the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County's list of virtual cultural activities, events and more by clicking here. 

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Kravis @ Home:

Missing the thrill of a live show? For children looking to experience the performing arts from their room, look no further than the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Kravis @ Home page. 

Older students will no doubt enjoy the Kravis’ “digital stage,” featuring links to full performances from world-class talents and companies performing dance (Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Paris Ballet), classical music (organist Cameron Carpenter, pianist Haochen Zhang), and full-length plays from LA Theatre Works. You can even learn how to create your own Hamilton-inspired piece with videos from the Hamilton Education Program! 

For younger students, Kravis @ Home also includes a wide variety of hands-on arts activities including crafting projects, storytelling sessions, simple Broadway dance lessons, and an immersive experience led by the team behind Disney’s The Lion King musical. 

Center for Creative Education, Virtual Creativity:
The West Palm Beach-based Center for Creative Education is the county’s premier location for students of all ages to experience the joy of the arts up-close and personal. However, the organization also is now offering Virtual Creativity classes for students in grades K-8 to further their arts education from the safety of their homes. Activity sets are broken up by grade level groups (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) and offer students a wide array of free arts (visual, performing and story time) lessons that can be participated in with every day items found around the house (paper plates, cardboard tubes, etc.) 

Norton Museum of Art, Norton From Home:

Middle and high school students with an appreciation for the fine arts will be delighted to know that the new Norton Museum of Art has launched a Norton From Home series of activities tailored just for them. Each project in the series features downloadable materials and instruction to create works inspired by works of art in the Norton’s collection by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Gustave Courbet, and Robert Rauschenberg.

For more virtual experiences, camp options and a list of newly reopened cultural sites, visit the following Cultural Council links:
Virtual Cultural Experiences, Tours, and Classes: palmbeachculture.com/virtual
Cultural Camp Guide for Palm Beach County: palmbeachculture.com/camps
• Cultural organizations begin to reopen in the palm beaches

About the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County:
The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is the only organization solely dedicated to supporting arts and culture in The Palm Beaches, Florida’s Cultural Capital®. The council provides support services to cultural organizations and creative professionals, administers grant programs, advocates for funds, enhances arts education, and promotes cultural tourism.

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