WINONArts has launched a new website to highlight the creative landscape of Winona. Alongside all the ongoing creative activities in the community catalogued there, WINONArts.com is also a one-stop place to find important resources and creative activity started to counteract the COVID-19 crisis. So many arts and culture organizations have had to regroup, and so many patrons have been forced to cancel creative plans. “Create During COVID” was started to provide a hub for three new initiatives for the city:
1.) Create in place — a listing of creative people and organizations offering classes, lessons, online activities, and seeking commissions. By supporting these artists, you will be helping ensure the creative future of Winona, but also receiving wonderful creative therapy and activities as you stay in place.
2.) Make in place — a digital crafts and artisan mall featuring the best of Winona’s local makers. Make in place will also hold a digital craft fair — COVID Craft Fair —where you can meet and greet the best of area crafts people and shop together safely by visiting their websites while they guide you.
3.) Live @the Stream — a digital live-stream service for local artists of all disciplines to feature or help execute their live-stream arts programming. “Please Stand By” will kick off with some live streams from Treedome Studios and then partner on the Mid West Music Fest At Home on May 8 and 9. Winona has a new digital streaming community commons called Live @the Stream. Live @the Stream is an online event that allows all of Winona to gather, greet friends, and make new ones. Think of it as a Live @the Levee-style event for physically distant times.
There is also a complete listing of arts and culture emergency funding resources at the site, kept up to date and with links to other area sites and services.
Along with these COVID-related programs, WINONArts.com features a full listing of organizations, individual creatives, and public art in the city and the work of the Fine Arts Commission including grants and the Poetry Walk.
All creative people are encouraged to sign up at the website for inclusion in the creative listing and for any of these COVID-related programs. Please take advantage of all the city and WINONArts are sharing.
Those with questions may contact Lee Gundersheimer, arts and culture coordinator, at email@example.com.