Summertime Arts & Culture Activities you can enjoy from Home

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Festivals, performances, concerts: summertime is traditionally ripe with opportunities to explore the world of arts and culture. And even as we must stay physically distant this season, our thirst for the arts remains. Connecting with each other and being able to feed our passions is priceless. By curating these experiences, Mastercard and its partners are hoping to bring a bit of joy and entertainment into people’s lives.


From Grammy-nominated musicians playing intimate concerts from their own homes, to behind-the-scenes videos of performing artists sharing their talents and inspirations, there are so many amazing ways to immerse yourself and your loved ones in the arts and get an infusion of culture this summer – even if you can’t be there in person. 


Here are four of the most exciting digital events you can attend in the coming weeks:


1. Step backstage with The Joffrey Ballet


Join the talented team at The Joffrey Ballet as this premier dance company offers behind-the-scenes glimpses of their performers’ lives. You and your family can go backstage with this illustrious group, starting with artists Jeraldine Mendoza and Dylan Gutierrez sharing the favorite pre-show music playlists that inspire their powerful performances, along with their current watchlists of must-see streaming shows and movies. You’ll also enjoy classes for kids, tips on staying healthy, and in-depth interviews with artists and directors. These exciting videos and articles from The Joffrey Ballet will be released from June 3 to July 15.


2. Have a sleepover and a pirate adventure with the Miami Children’s Museum


You don’t need to go outside to explore and play pretend with your little ones this summer thanks to the Miami Children’s Museum’s Summer Series. Starting this June with the Epic Sleepover Series, your family will find fun at-home virtual activities to engage in, such as pillow forts, glow-in-the-dark slime, and a flashlight scavenger hunt. Then, there’s the Pirate Adventure Series, where your kids can learn how to make their own pirate map and air cannon science project, along with the perfect pirate pancakes and other seafarer essentials. Four downloadable videos and two activity guides are coming this June, with four more videos in July. 


3. Stretch yourself with virtual yoga at The Sydney Opera House


Stay in shape and visit an iconic, world-famous landmark from your living room with virtual yoga classes streamed from The Sydney Opera House. Led by yoga experts Emily Rogers and Christian Ralston, the four video classes each run 30 minutes. These sessions are sure to inspire you, taking you inside and outside one of Australia’s legendary venues and providing an accompanying soundtrack that’s the perfect complement to the scenic views and yoga poses you’ll soak in with these videos.


4. Learn about the legend of Maui from a Polynesian elder 


Take your little ones on a virtual trip to Hawaii with the story of Maui, told on video by a Polynesian elder from a spectacular, tropical setting. Bring indigenous history and culture into your lives with this free video and printable coloring book that’ll teach adults and children alike about Polynesian folklore. Available through May of 2021, this online experience is bound to bring joy into your family’s plans, even if traveling is not an option this summer.


Want to find more awe-inspiring virtual experiences to share with your loved ones this summer?


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