The Bascom is connecting with the community even when people can’t be physically together.
“When it became clear that we needed to close our doors for the safety of the public, our students, and our staff, we immediately began to look at creative ways to share our exciting new exhibitions and programming with the public,” said Executive Director Teresa Osborn. “While we are ready to serve the community in person when we can open our doors again, we didn’t want to lose our connection when people need connection now more than ever.”
The Bascom staff began utilizing technology in new ways and have released virtual tours of three new exhibitions: Narrative / Abstraction / Iteration, curated by Jean McLaughlin; Three Potters Retrospective, curated by Frank Vickery, Director of Ceramics; and Fuzed By Water, a solo exhibition by Photography Resident Ben Bookout.
“We are using our email newsletter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram to share virtual exhibition tours and artist highlights as well as additional digital programming” said Billy Love, Director of Education and Outreach. “We took nine months of plans and pivoted in two weeks to serve the community in a different way. While this meant the staff needed to learn how to film and edit, we have gotten such a positive reaction we know we will continue with these going forward.”
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