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This weekend, get immersed in Dayton’s robust arts scene from the comfort of home.

For the past three years, the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Art in the City event has celebrated visual and performing arts with a variety of performances and hands-on arts building activities throughout downtown.

This year, due to ongoing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the festivities will be presented online. The virtual edition of Art in the City will give the community a glimpse into the arts organizations, venues and artists and offer ways to participate in creative projects from home.

Over 100 Dayton artists are participating in this year’s Virtual Art in the City, which will be held online on Saturday, Aug. 8, from noon to 8 p.m. at downtowndayton.org.

Jes McMillan, founder of The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton, is one of the participants in Virtual Art in the City. LISA POWELL / STAFF

“We look forward to the opportunity to connect the community with hundreds of local artists and arts organizations in an online setting, and exploring new and innovative ways to be creative together, while apart,” said Sandra K. Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, in a news release.

Virtual Art in the City, which is part of the DP&L Summer in the City series, will showcase artisans and their creative work through behind-the-scene videos, a juried art show, along with live-streamed performances and demonstrations.

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The online event will also include interactive elements for individuals and families that will allow them to create from home and share their masterpieces with other Virtual Art in the City attendees.

Many previously planned events are turning to the virtual world during the pandemic, but what makes this specific event different is the incredible amount of variety viewers will experience throughout the day. From well-known, traditional arts institutions to grassroots organizations and independent artists of all genres, there promises to be something interesting for audiences of all ages and interests.

Dayton-based chalk artist Boy Blue is one of the participants in Virtual Art in the City. MICHAEL COOPER/STAFF

Some highlights include behind-the-scenes interviews with famous Dayton artists like photographer Andy Snow, painter Mike Elsass, poet Sierra Leone, and collage artist Marsha Pippenger.

Emerging artists will also share the spotlight. Dayton.com will once again be hosting an online voting tool for the Dayton community to vote on their favorite works from new local artists. Coordinated by The Contemporary Dayton, more than 10 Dayton-area artists will be displaying their visual art. Online voting will open starting at noon on Aug. 8, and polls will remain open until noon Friday, Aug. 21.

Virtual attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in art demonstrations like tie-dying and nature-inspired crafts, so they can create their own art from home.

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There will also be live stream performances including music and theater, such as the Dwyer School of Irish Dance inside the Dayton Arcade (with a “how-to” section). The event will culminate with a Levitt on your lawn performance with the local band Trey Stone and the Ringers at 7 p.m.

“For the past three years, Art in the City has connected people in our community with talented artists and organizations, and this year, Virtual Art in the City will be no exception,” Gudorf said.

“While we miss being able to share this talent in person, guests can take advantage of being able to see and do more arts activities than they could usually fit into a typical Art in the City evening — and all from the comfort of home!”

Trey Stone and the Ringers

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

The DP&L Summer in the City, Virtual Art in the City website will go live at noon, dropping with links to pre-recorded content and pointing guests in the direction of where to tune into live streams of performances, demonstrations, and activities. The website will be divided into the following categories:

  • Art Activities & Tutorials
  • Kid-Friendly Art
  • Live Performances
  • Videos: Performances & Demos
  • Videos: Interviews & Behind the Scenes Tours
  • Online Galleries
  • Juried Art Show
  • Shop Local Artists
  • Meet Your Dayton Arts Organizations

The livestream schedule:

12 p.m. — Kid’s activity: Collage at home with Marsha Pippenger

Pippengerart: https://www.facebook.com/Pippengerart-195222693851743/

12 p.m. — Concert: Abbey Bower

https://www.facebook.com/abbeyeb/?ref=bookmarks

12 p.m. — Behind the scenes: Jewelry making with Parenthood Ministries Afratique https://www.facebook.com/Afratique/

12:30 p.m. — Theater: Excerpts from Bare Stage & Slow Food with the Dayton Theatre Guild https://www.facebook.com/Dayton-Theatre-Guild-82839042509/

1 p.m. — Dance, how-to: Performance at the Dayton Arcade with the Dwyer School of Irish Dance and a how-to class

https://www.facebook.com/dwyeririshdance/

2 p.m. — Concert: Bluegrass performance with Berachah Valley

https://www.facebook.com/Berachah-Valley-758159930923914/

2 p.m. — Guided meditation: Into the healing arts with Heartfulness Dayton https://www.facebook.com/heartfulnessdayton/?ref=br_rs

2 p.m. — Kid’s Activity: An artful adventure in nature with Five Rivers MetroParks staff https://www.facebook.com/fiveriversmetroparks/

2:30 p.m. — Theater: Excerpts from Bare Stage & Slow Food with the Dayton Theatre Guild https://www.facebook.com/Dayton-Theatre-Guild-82839042509/

2:30 p.m. — Dance: Belly dance how-to class and performance with Belly Dance By Bronwen https://m.facebook.com/bronwenbellydancer

3 p.m. — Kid’s activity: Learn how to tie-dye with the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio https://www.facebook.com/GSWOH

3:30 p.m. — Happy hour with Picture Perfect Paint Parties (Link coming soon!)

4 p.m. — Painting: Paint at home with Picture Perfect Paint Parties *didn’t snag a free kit? You can still follow along with your own supplies at home! (Link coming soon!)

4 p.m. — Music: Virtual live concert with A Guy and a Guitar - Dreamland Guitars https://www.facebook.com/DreamlandGuitarsWorks/

4:30 p.m. — Theater: Excerpts from Bare Stage & Slow Food with the Dayton Theatre Guild https://www.facebook.com/Dayton-Theatre-Guild-82839042509/

5 p.m. — Music: Virtual live concert with Alyssa Hanson (link coming soon!)

5:30 p.m. — Poetry and music: Live virtual performance with Billi Ewing & Eldridge Coats (link coming soon!)

6 p.m. — Music: Live performance with Harmonica Neil

https://www.facebook.com/Harmonica-Neil-399187073501457/

6:30 p.m. — Music: Live performance with Edde Osborne

https://www.facebook.com/EddeOsborne/

6:30 p.m. — Theater: Excerpts from Bare Stage & Slow Food with the Dayton Theatre Guild https://www.facebook.com/Dayton-Theatre-Guild-82839042509/

7 p.m. — Concert: Trey Stone & The Ringers - Levitt on YOUR Lawn Series - Art in the City with the Levitt Pavilion Dayton

https://www.facebook.com/events/2699596570362220/

8 p.m. — Dance: Special concert with Dayton Dance Initiative “Moving Strong” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMj0tijtSkGeJffLvIO8UsQ

Virtual Art in the City is sponsored by Dayton Power & Light, Dayton.com, and the Ohio Arts Council, with partnership from The Contemporary, Culture Works, the Dayton Art Institute, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Five Rivers MetroParks, Front Street Studios, The Human Race Theatre Company, K12 Gallery & TEJAS, The Levitt Pavilion, and Dayton Live.

For more information about Virtual Art in the City, visit downtowndayton.org.

Art in the City goes virtual, featuring more than 100 local artists.

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