John Gurda hosts virtual ‘story time’ on Facebook Live with Arts@Large

John Gurda hosts virtual ‘story time’ on Facebook Live with Arts@Large

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With the statewide “Safer at Home” order in effect until April 24, Milwaukee nonprofits like Arts@Large have had to get creative to remain connected to the community.

The organization typically operates arts programs in person inside schools and at its Walker’s Point community center. But those programs have since been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response, Arts@Large, like many nonprofits and businesses, has launched new virtual opportunities online, intended to replace the more than 170 hours of its in-person instruction that have been cancelled.

One of those programs is geared specifically to kids and families — a virtual story time with a rotating list of Milwaukee celebrities. Milwaukee historian John Gurda kicked off the weekly program with a Facebook Live session where he read the classic children’s book “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.”

You can tune in on Facebook Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. for a new storyteller every week.

In addition to the story time, Arts@Large is also hosting a virtual “family arts day” on Saturdays. Various artists will lead instructions in dance, yoga and theater.

Listen to our interview with Sean Kiebzak, chief operating officer with Arts@Large.

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