The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center in Newport News may be closed for the time being, but they are still offering programs online.
A thriving program is 25 Mics, an open mic night hosted by Nina Brewton. On the second Tuesday of each month, patrons share their gifts such as reading poetry and singing via Zoom.
For crafty kids, the video series SOAR – Students Obtaining Artistic Refuge – gives craft ideas that are affordable, with items that are around the house such as toilet paper rolls and string.
Flashback Fridays shows clips of previous shows that were presented at the Downing-Gross Arts Center. They are released each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Learn about Newport News’ famous people with the Cultural Icons series. It highlights the lasting legacies of such notable figures such as singer Ella Fitzgerald and actress and singer Pearl Bailey.
The arts center is hoping to have their first juried exhibition, according to Corrin Morgan, marketing coordinator. Creators of different skill levels can submit their renditions of iconic artwork online until June 16. Cash prizes will be awarded and works will be displayed. The exhibit is set for August.
There are also tentative plans for the display of Artist Michelle Richardson’s Don’t Count Me Out in July. It is an ode to the limitless potential of the community’s youth, Morgan noted.