At-Home Entertainment from Exhibits to Virtual Events

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We compiled at-home entertainment for you and your family to pass the time from online classes at The ArtsCenter to virtual art shows and a self-guided walking tour

By Maddy Rideout

FRANK Gallery Virtual Exhibit

Explore FRANK Gallery’s virtual exhibit featuring the work of member artists and painters Carroll Lassiter and Nerys Levy, along with chairs, benches and tables by furniture artist John Parkinson. All pieces displayed are available for sale. 

Women in Education and Business

Meet the notable women who have shaped education and business in Orange County through a virtual exhibit hosted on the Burwell School Historic Site website. Read about these trailblazers, such as Peggy Long Faribault, who was born in 1840 and served for years as a midwife for Hillsborough women of all races.

ArtSchool Online

Learn a new skill with The ArtsCenter during your time at home by enrolling in a range of online courses, from pastel painting and macramé to introduction to monoprinting. 

‘What Lies Beneath’

Photographer Martha Hoelzer illustrates the visual impairments that many concussion patients experience with her photo and video series, “What Lies Beneath.” The project includes resources like flashcards and videos to aid patients and medical providers in diagnosing visual issues related to brain injuries. 

Carolina Performing Arts at Home

Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) launched CPA at Home, a new initiative in which CPA posts content related to its 2019/20 season to its website. Follow #CPAatHome on social media to catch live performances from artists such as Grammy-nominated Nathalie Joachim of Flutronix and New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels with the ‘Queen of Bounce music’ Big Freedia. 

Chapel Hill Historical Society

Enjoy viewing the black and white film, This Is Chapel Hill from 1948,” while also learning about Chapel Hill and UNC’s history. Local businesses, such as the Carolina Theater, along with various UNC administrators make appearances throughout this short screening. Afterward, experience H. Lee Waters’ “Movies of Local People, and gain insight into the lives of filmed residents from the Northside area of Chapel Hill. 


Join the fun with Kidzu and turn your own home into an exciting playspace. Check out Mix It Up, where guest makers of all kinds will visit Kidzu’s virtual Makery to share their tips and tricks for creating with a little one. Be sure to also tune into Kidzu@home’s virtual Story Time, which brings readings directly into your home, and Kids in your Kitchen, which offers delicious recipes to try out with the entire family. 

Walking Tours

Looking for something to do outside while continuing to practice social distancing? Stop by the Horace Williams House and pick up a brochure from Preservation Chapel Hill for the self-guided walking tour down Franklin Street.

K-12 Virtual Art Show

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools art show is back on! “We had so much beautiful work from throughout the year, it is a shame not to share it,” says CHCCS Arts Coordinator Brenda Whiteman. This year, the annual Visions show is being converted into a K-12 Virtual Art Show. It will be released on June 3.


Keep up with at-home education with UNC-TV’s channels, Rootle 24/7 PBS KIDS Channel, the North Carolina Channel and the Explorer channel, provide educational resources for children of all ages. For grades four through eight, the North Carolina Channel provides educational programs in the morning. Students in grades nine through 12th can find the educational programming during the afternoon hours. 


See the exhibition “Like a Bud,” on Oneoneone’s website and Instagram. The exhibit runs through August and features work from Louis Watts, Leigh Suggs and Erin Canady, among others. 

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center

Go skywatching at home with Morehead Planetarium every Tuesday and Thursday. Join Nick Eakes and Amy Sayle on Zoom for a virtual exploration as they discuss and teach all things astronomy. Students in grade five and below should plan on joining Tuesdays, while older students can look forward to participating on Thursdays.

– Additional reporting by Megan Pociask

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