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ZOO & THEATER IN MONTCO CREATE VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING DURING COVID-19 SHUTDOWN

March 17, 2020

 

ELMWOOD PARK ZOO "EPZOO2U" PROVIDES LIVE AND VIRTUAL CONTENT FOR WEB VISITORS

 

Elmwood Park Zoo is excited to announce its new online destination for fun and educational content, "EPZoo2U.com." The website provides guests with links to the zoo's various videos, live streams, games and lessons that can be enjoyed for free by both children and adults. The zoo's intent with EPZoo2U.com is to continue to provide the community with experiences that will inspire a commitment to wildlife conservation, even while the zoo is closed to daily visitors.

 

The highlight of Elmwood Park Zoo's online educational offerings is "Bubby's Club." Named after the zoo's bison mascot, "Bubby's Club" features a number of activities, such as browser-based games that task children with identifying animal sounds, and finding the creatures that use camouflage to disappear in their environment. Visitors can also watch videos, and read through the books selected by Bubby in his very own book club.

 

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, the zoo will also be broadcasting "Zoo School Live!" through Facebook Live. This 15 to 20 minute program will feature the zoo's Education Team presenting a lesson along with an animal from the zoo's Ambassador program. Viewers can post questions to be answered live during the stream. Anyone who misses the broadcast will be able to watch the post throughout the day on Facebook, or visit the archive hosted on EPZoo2U.com. "Zoo School Live!" will stream live Monday through Friday at 11 am.

 

“Education has always been the cornerstone of Elmwood Park Zoo – it’s our first consideration in all our endeavors” says Jennifer Conti, Elmwood Park Zoo's Development Director.  “Our commitment to educate and engage with the community remains true even now, and we hope families can use or educational resources as so many homes become schools."

 

The zoo will be working in the coming days to add content to EPZoo2U.com, such virtual tours and live streams of exhibit animals. Updates will be announced and made available on EPZoo2U.com, as well as elmwoodparkzoo.org.

Elmwood Park Zoo is one of many organizations to close during Pennsylvania State's response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. On Friday, March 13, the zoo began a drive to support its Emergency Fund. The fund seeks to offset the zoo's substantial financial loss caused by the loss of daily visitors. For information on how to support the Emergency Fund, visit elmwoodparkzoo.org.

 

Theatre Horizon Announces Community Virtual Programming In Light of COVID-19 Shutdown

Professional artists and teachers will create both educational and artistic content that will be available to the community.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Theatre Horizon, a professional theatre company in Norristown, Pennsylvania, has announced the launch of new virtual programming in light of the recent nationwide COVID-19 pandemic which has closed most theatres across the country.  Theatre Horizon will offer both educational and artistic videos available to patrons and community members via their YouTube channels.

 

"We see an immediate need in our community--for artists to find income after shows and classes are canceled and for families and audiences to feel connected to each other, despite social distancing,” said Artistic Director Nell Bang-Jensen.  “These videos are a way for Theatre Horizon to continue our mission of increasing our shared humanity through the arts. Though we cannot gather safely in person, we CAN continue to celebrate the power of the arts to heal, build empathy, and encourage creativity, at a time when we all need it most.”

 

Interested patrons and audience members will be able access the video content starting early during the week of March 23, 2020.  These videos will be free and open to the public via Theatre Horizon’s YouTube channels and on Facebook. The educational videos will use a naming convention that starts with "AGES 3-11" or "AGES 7-10" and so on, so the lessons are easily searchable for parents seeking programming appropriate for their child.

 

Over the next several days, both professional artists and teachers will produce an assortment of both artistic and educational videos that will be available via two Theatre Horizon YouTube Channels.  The artists and educators will be paid $45 for 25-45 minute long videos, ensuring that these individuals continue to have a stream of income during the closure of many theatre companies due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

Artists who are interested in pitching video ideas can contact the following Theatre Horizon staff:

FOR ARTISTIC VIDEOS:

Rebecca May Flowers, Associate Artistic Director, rebecca@theatrehorizon.org

 

FOR EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS:

Dawn Loveland Navarro, Director of Education Outreach, dawn@theatrehorizon.org

 

For more information on Theatre Horizon, visit theatrehorizon.org.

Theatre Horizon Facebook: facebook.com/theatrehorizon

Theatre Horizon YouTube: youtube.com/user/TheatreHorizonPA

 

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