“It can get boring to be home with no sort of arts engagement at all, whether that’s watching a movie, or working on a painting, so we want to make sure that we’re involved,” Rowekamp said.
She said with virtual programming, you can communicate with people by video, you can do a voice chat, and you can share images online.
“It’s been cool to see different creatives sharing. If they can’t perform live, we can stream a video so that people can still be involved, and I think it’s been great. It would be so much more challenging to get through this time of isolation without having the internet to connect with each other,” Rowekamp said.
Every day in the morning, weekdays, patrons can engage in Fitton Center produced content, such as a streamed show, a project walk-through or a demonstration. In the afternoon, there will be resources and content links, sharing other creative opportunities from art institutions all over the world. There are a lot of different ways for children, adults and families to participate.
“We are always trying to bring in more people to our creative community… And, we’re always trying to add value to our community arts center and make it really beneficial for the people in our area,” Rowekamp said.
The Fitton Center has cancelled or will reschedule all of the live events for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. Fitton Center officials have said the center is following the guidance of the City of Hamilton Health Department and the State of Ohio and have continued to strictly follow the advice and instruction of the health commissioner during this time.
All events, classes and workshops have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. However, several digital offerings are being made available to patrons, including the 7th Biennial Fitton Center Member Show exhibition, which will happen online, starting sometime in May.