How do you teach performing arts when there are no performances? This school is learning

PHOENIX — For Monica Sauer Anthony, adapting to the challenge of a virtual classroom started with a reenvisioning of what it even means to teach at a performing arts school.

A choir can’t really rehearse in a virtual classroom much less give a live performance.

Neither can an orchestra.

There’s too much digital delay involved in streaming to get everybody synced up.

When Gov. Doug Ducey ordered Arizona schools to close in March because of the pandemic, Sauer Anthony was teaching Music History and Culture, and Beginning Woodwinds, Flute and Oboe Studies at Arizona School for the Arts in downtown Phoenix.

As ASA began to make the switch to online learning, Sauer Anthony, who’s since become arts director and vice principal of student services, said the faculty was trying to maintain as much of a sense of normalcy as it could.

Teachers changed their focus

They did some virtual

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Outdoor masterworks bring DIA to downtown Bellaire | ETC

BELLAIRE — Autumn and art draw a compelling invitation to explore the streets of downtown Bellaire. The town partnered with Detroit Institute of Arts to exhibit eight reproductions of the museum’s master works.

The collection on display through October features images that span antiquity to modern day. Works reflect different cultures, mediums and artistic styles.

Don Hoyt of the Bellaire Downtown Development Authority serves as the unofficial local curator for the DIA Inside/Out project.

“In Antrim County there are not the opportunities for art and culture as in bigger communities,” Hoyt said. “Seeing the works and renowned paintings – you don’t get opportunities in northern Michigan to do that.”

Hoyt collaborated with the DIA on the walking tour’s site selection. He said the family-friendly, accessible setting sparks a natural learning experience and prompts discussions across generations.

The weather-proof, quality reproductions hang in high traffic areas as well as unexpected locations

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Our Favorite Arts Pictures of 2020

The magenta glow of an exhibition outside the Guggenheim Museum, whose white spiral was off-limits to art lovers. The deserted grand staircase of a Metropolitan Opera silenced by the pandemic, its Sputnik chandeliers with no crowds to illuminate. Movie buffs, barred from cinemas, enjoying films at least semi-communally at a drive-in.

Yes, there was absence and apartness and pain as this most socially distant of years upended art and culture. But with hindsight, 2020 had many other things to say, too, as this selection of some of our favorite arts photography published this year by The New York Times makes clear.

Photographers for The New York Times captured it all, relying on their P.P.E. as well as their light meters and lenses to bring us not just the year’s pain but also its pleasures, with glimpses of much-needed triumphs and life-affirming beauty. Have a look.

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Gallery Openings and New Art in Denver: December 2 to 7, 2020

What’s up in galleries during the last First Friday of the year, in the thick of the holiday season? Just what you’d think: art, in all its sizes and varieties, for sale. Small-works shows and affordable art galore, not to mention a few shows that you view from outdoors, but where you can still purchase works that catch your eye, like that doggie in the window.

Give in to the season of art-to-buy. Here’s where to get started, in person and/or online:

Noah Travis Phillips, "Light My Pyre," as seen from the street at Lane Meyer Projects.EXPAND

Noah Travis Phillips, “Light My Pyre,” as seen from the street at Lane Meyer Projects.

Lane Meyer Projects

Noah Travis Phillips, “Light My Pyre”
LMP PDA, Lane Meyer Projects, 2528 Walnut Street
Through December 14
Noah Travis Phillips presents “Light My Pyre,” a grid of visual semiotics that can be interpreted in countless ways, now in the window vitrine at Lane Meyer Projects through mid-December. As

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