By Bob Wendland, Manager of Performances and Events
On March 17, 2020, the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus. Team members were motivated to find creative ways to continue to uphold and deliver on our mission to inspire, educate, entertain and enrich our community without being able to connect with them in person. Members of many different departments at the Washington Pavilion came together to create a new initiative called 'Experience Your Washington Pavilion @ Home' – an online education and enrichment resource of videos, activities, experiments and demonstrations focusing on visual art, science and performing arts and theatre.
"'Experience Your Washington Pavilion @ Home' is a fun opportunity to share engaging resources and projects with our community and families while they are in the comfort of their home," said Madelyn Grogan, Director of Education at the Washington Pavilion. "We plan to continually update the website with more programs such as story time, art and cartoon lessons and other meaningful materials."
Many Washington Pavilion employees found themselves showcasing their skills and talents in front of the camera leading a short lesson in one of the featured categories - anything from coffee filter art to improvisational theatre and so many more.
The program, including 24 original videos produced by the Washington Pavilion Team, provides young people in our community and in the surrounding areas an outlet for their creativity and curiosity. With a robust line-up of original and curated resources like coloring pages, worksheets, educational movies, make-at-home projects, and more, parents and children alike have found this to be a great resource for learning and entertainment.
Brooke Ann Ortman, a parent who brings her kids to the Washington Pavilion for activities, commented on social media that she was thankful for the ideas the videos bring. "We miss our Pavilion classes but [we're] having fun experimenting at home."
In a time where everyone is staying at home and practicing social distancing as much as possible, our organization is pleased to be providing entertaining and educational opportunities as this time of need. This has opened our eyes to some new opportunities for outreach and engagement that we hope to utilize in giving our mission a broader reach.