Virtual learning through online lessons or social-media based classes has been around for years now. But with people having more free time, everyone from small-business owners to artists to celebrity singers are offering their time and talent through the Web.
These online sessions give you an insight into what the classrooms would be like for the rich-and-famous types, like John Legend, Chris Martin or Debbie Allen. But they also allow you to test out a history tour guide, an art class or a live performance space to see if it is some where you’d like to hang out once you’ve got your legs back under you.
Here are five Metro Detroit people and spaces that are offing livestream classes, instructional videos or virtual stories to amuse, enlighten or entertain. You also may want to offer a small donation or a purchase to these kindly teachers when businesses reopen or go back to regular hours.
Detroit History Tours and the Detroit History Club: She’s a master of storytelling and has Detroit facts from the past three hundred years memorized. Bailey Sisoy-Moore is doing nightly Detroit history stories from bed, offering a kind of bedtime story for anyone – kid or adult – who wants to learn more about their hometown or history in general. They’re easy to understand and lots of fun to watch at about five to seven minutes each.
Planet Ant: This lively performance space in Hamtramck is going live – from its online sites. Planet Ant is still doing performances via a livestream, and they’re just about as much fun as being there in person. They recently did a live video call-in version of its “Homerphilia” podcast. And in an improvisational session, one of the performers counted a jar of popcorn kernels live and invited guesses from the viewers.
Mini Picassos: Katy Wereley is a mom of three, so she understands when people need a break to do some artwork. Her business, Mini Picassos, is doing daily Facebook Live sessions with a different project that is the appropriate level for elementary or middle-school students. The sessions are light hearted and inspirational, getting your creative thoughts flowing and getting everyone involved.
Citizen Yoga: Kacee Must has made yoga and its practice open for all, creating Citizen Yoga as a space where newcomers as well as experienced yoga practitioners feel comfortable and accepted. She does the same with her online classes, helping people get some exercise, stretch out and reconnect to themselves and the people around them through yoga.
Theater and Dance at Wayne: Wayne State University’s celebrated theater and dance departments may not be on stage at the moment, but they are still helping audiences come together and share something special. They’re doing daily book readings and other kinds of performances on Facebook, giving people something to look forward to every day while they anticipate getting back into the theater soon.