Art Experiences Move Outdoors in Time of Corona

Aug 07, 2020 Art climb cincy 7.20.2020

Cultural institutions around the world are taking their programs virtual and experiences outside. It’s how galleries, museums, and performance groups stay connected with their communities during the spread of COVID-19.

Close to my Cincinnati home and office, the Cincinnati Art Museum welcomes residents to the Art Climb. The Art Climb is a grand staircase, creative landscaping, and lighting design rising 450 feet from Eden Park Drive and Gilbert Avenue to the Cincinnati Art Museum parking lot.

It’s exciting to witness the variety of people using the Art Climb for morning workouts, leisurely walks, and a point of entry to Cincinnati Art Museum’s front entrance. It’s inspiring to learn that Art Climb is part of a larger outdoor project uniting the museum to adjacent art institutions Playhouse in the Park, a regional theatre company, and Cincinnati Ballet. The goal is to use artistic landscaping from the Human Nature Consultancy to connect all three cultural institutions to surrounding neighborhoods via an arts walkway.

Cincinnati Art Museum’s Art Climb delivers a much-needed outdoor arts space in the time of Corona. I’m excited about the complete arts walkway opening soon in Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills neighborhood.

Visiting Cincinnati’s Art Climb reminds me of my visits to other popular art walks.

New York City’s The High Line is open via timed-entry passes to limit capacity and provide social distancing. Think about wading through crowds of walkers on past High Line visits, and the idea of timed entry passes sounds fantastic.

There are timed tickets and new visitor guidelines at Longwood Gardens, a hub for the arts, education, and horticulture, outside of Philadelphia.

A similar timed ticket policy provides access to the expansive galleries and venues of MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Art institutions and performance groups are suffering tremendously during the time of Corona. The same is true for people facing emotional, financial, and health hardships. Art provides comfort and relief. It’s important to have artwork in our loves, whether outdoors, virtual, or via social distance visits.