15 Cool Online Classes and Workshops to Check Out

One of the upsides of our extended time at home has been the abundance of so many cool online resources and classes that are available in virtually every industry. Personally, I love to participate in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Watch me Write everyday where I work on playwriting with other writers from around the world. There are also so many cool online classes and workshops –many of which are free– that cover business, dance (vogue anyone!?) to a live Q&A with an astronaut. Check out a few of our favorites below:

Cool Online Classes and Workshops to Check Out

    1. Mondays With Michelle Obama at 12pmEST: Join former First Lady, Michelle Obama  for storytime. You can view Mondays With Michelle Obama on the PBS Kids Facebook pagePBS Kids Youtube channel and Penguin Random House Facebook page.She will read the following:April 20, noon EST: “The Gruffalo”: Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel SchefflerApril 27, noon EST: “There’s a Dragon in Your Book”: Written by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Greg AbbottMay 4, noon EST: “Miss Maple’s Seeds”:  Story and pictures by Eliza Wheeler

      May 11, noon EST: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”: By Eric Carle

    2. Every week: The Westchester Children’s Museum is offering weekly projects for kids age 1-7 and for those 7+. You can also take part in their weekly Instagram challenges at @discoverwcm. Check out more info at  https://discoverwcm.org/wcm-at-home
    3. Monday-Friday at 5pm EST: Writers can join playwright Suzan-Lori Parks in Watch me Write, an online joins a community of writers from around the world where we all come together at write for 20-minutes. Then session is then opened up for 40 minutes where you can ask Suzan-Lori your writing questions. Sign up on the Public Theater.
    4. April 19th at 9am and 12noon: Battery Dance TV on March 27, 2020 to provide free live dance classes and programming for the general public by Battery Dance and affiliated artists through a regularly scheduled program. On  April 19, the conversation returns once again to South Asia. Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty, Indian Consul General in New York and two performers, dancer Pallavi Krishnan and elocutionist Samiul Islam Poluck, discuss the oeuvre of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
    5. April 21st at 11am: Watch a webinar to learn more about the CARES Act, SBA , FFCRA and General Business Planning Considerations.
    6. April 21st at 12pm: Join the Female Founders Fund and LinkedIn Editors on Business Unusual for a virtual fireside chat with Katherine Ryder, Founder & CEO of tele-health company Maven Clinic, Krystle Mobayeni, Co-Founder & CEO of restaurant and hospitality platform Bentobox, and Georgina Gooley, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of DTC shave and body brand Billie, who will discuss how they are leading their businesses during this challenging time. They will also discuss the impact of COVID on their companies including key stakeholders – employees, customers and investors, as well as topics like runway, fundraising and roadmap over the next few months.
    7. April 22nd at 2pm: Join the Mount Kisco Conservation Advisory Council and All Together Now for a virtual Earth Day celebration. This will include an Earth Day storytime, recycled craft project, plant seeds, food scrap composting with Peppa Pig. If you’d like to participate, send any email to [email protected] and they will send you information about the Zoom meeting, plus where to pick up the seed packet and mini-planting pot.
    8. April 23rd at 7:30pm: Join Martha Stewart and Michael Rips for a discussion on Michael’s new book, The Golden Flea: A Story of Obsession and Collecting (out April 21st via W. W. Norton & Company) via Pennsylvania’s Midtown Scholar Bookstore’s Crowdcast Livestream. The Golden Flea leads readers into the magical world of the Chelsea flea market. Rips is an entrancing storyteller and the new book illuminates his decades-long obsession with and immersion in the flea’s “strange and chaotic bounty” and the wondrous vendors he meets along the way. Sign up at www.crowdcast.io/midtownscholar to listen in.
    9. April 24th at 9:30am MDT: Natural History Museum of Utah Hosts Acclaimed Astronaut and Author Scott Kelly for a Live Q&A. During Research Quest Live, Scott Kelly will give students his expert advice on how they can still achieve their goals while schools are closed. Kelly will also field participant questions and offer lessons he’s learned on how best to maintain motivation in isolation, how to remain productive in difficult times, and how to keep curiosity alive for lifelong learning.
    10. April 24th from 6:30pm – 12am: Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, will be presenting a virtual Vogue Dance Class with Ballroom Legend Omari Wileson. The dance company’s creative director and founding father of the House of Oricci, will teach a virtual introduction to vogue dance class. The class will held be on Instagram Live (@worksandprocess).
    11. April 24th-June 27th: Girls with Impact is doing their part to keep girls learning and getting ahead – easing the financial burden for families during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are offering their 10-week college prep, ‘mini-MBA’ program for FREE for Spring to girls across the USA. They only fee is a $20 application fee.
    12. April 26h at 7:30pm: Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents a Virtual Works & Process: In Process with Ephrat Asherie Dance. The event is free, but space is limited and RSVP is required; a Zoom link and password will be emailed the day of the performance. Ahead of the fall premiere of UnderScored by Ephrat Asherie Dance, audiences will enjoy a special look into the Works & Process commission from home. Joined by dramaturg Melanie George, Bessie Award winning choreographer Ephrat Asherie will discuss her creative method and the unique process of choreographing and rehearsing new work through video conferencing technology. Company dancers through zoom will rehearse and perform excerpts. Wi-Fi.For more information, email [email protected] or visit worksandprocess.org.
    13. May 5th from 6:30pm-9:00pm: Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator is a series of free monthly events open to entrepreneurs and investors in New York City. Every event features an active early-stage investor with 5 startups
      pitching to them for feedback and fundraising followed by community
      networking. This month they will be online with Rebecca Kaden of Union Square Ventures.
    14. May 11th at 5:30pm: San Francisco Ballet: Romeo and Juliet:
      2015 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast) With its passionate choreography, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and celebrated score by Sergei Prokofiev, this colorful and emotional retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet has packed houses around the world. Helgi Tomasson’s bravura interpretation of the Bard’s greatest tragedy “lifts Shakespeare’s complex and familiar language off the gilded pages and translates it into lucid classical choreography that is visceral, fresh, and ultimately sublime.” (The Huffington Post)
      with Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan in the title roles
    15. Every Wednesday and Thursday: Lovely Leaps is hosting FREE virtual classes on Wednesday and Thursday with the dream that one day these classes might connect kids across the country and all over the world! They also have a monthly performance for a Princess so kids can stay engaged and build their performance skills with a magical experience and a FREE virtual summer program for schools to keep kids moving. Appropriate for ages 10 months to 10 years old.



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