This year, San Diego Museum of Art will host an online version of the beloved event, usually held in Balboa Park
Next weekend, San Diego Museum of Art wants to bring some entertainment into your self-quarantine other than Netflix, Tik-Tok or Animal Crossing.
Though the museum’s doors in Balboa Park remain closed due to COVID-19, San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) decided to move forward with its annual Art Alive 2020 extravaganza via social media.
Dubbed Virtual Art Alive, the event -- happening April 24 to 26 -- will feature artwork, dancing, craft tutorials, cocktail recipes and more.
A major focal point of Art Alive is the work of floral designers, who interpret famous pieces of art featured in SDMA’s permanent collection. This year, participating designers will use materials from their own homes and the creations will be displayed in an online exhibition.
Details on additional Virtual Art Alive offerings each day are still to come; visit sdmart.org/virtual-art-alive for updates. However, a few highlights include the return of Bloom Bash, as well as a flower art workshop.
On Friday, the annual Bloom Bash moves from the Plaza de Panama to your living room. Guests are invited to dress up, make a cocktail and dance to music from DJ Gabe Vega from home. The party begins at 7 p.m. on Instagram Live.
Then at noon on Sunday, watch a crepe paper flower tutorial via Facebook or Instagram. The arts and craft activity, led by a museum educator, is open to all ages.
If you plan to participate in Virtual Art Alive, follow SDMA on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. And leading up to the event, tune into SDMA’s social media channels daily at 3 p.m. to see floral designs from Art Alive events from years past.
The museum also encourages followers to participate in the experience and post photos of their own floral interpretations online.
All of Art Alive’s events are free this year, but donations are encouraged. Proceeds from the 39-year-old tradition fund the museum’s public programs, education, community outreach, exhibitions and more.
During the temporary COVID-19 closure, SDMA is also offering virtual museum tours through its app, as well as gallery talks and performances on YouTube.