Virtual Happenings: The Next Best Thing To Being There

Mar 19, 2020

doodling along with Mo Willems
Credit Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

This page was last updated on April 1, 2020 at 1:07 p.m.

You can rely on KMUW and NPR for news and information around the clock, but when you're ready for a break—and I suggest you take them—here are some options that let you connect with others, and our Wichita community, without having to leave the house.

Botanica: Virtual Tours & Live Stream

Botanica is closed, but you can still watch the tulips bloom. There are virtual garden tours and a live stream from the Margie Button Memorial Fountain and Garden at, and even more videos on Botanica's YouTube channel.

Femme Fest ICT: Slay the Dragon
2:00  to 5:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, April 4

Femme Fest ICT presents this free discussion featuring the documentary Slay the Dragon, which shines a light on gerrymandering, following a handul of citizens' groups as they battle party operatives and an entrenched political establishment to fix a broken system. Particpants are encouraged to rent the film online and watch it at or before 2:00 p.m., then join the discussion at 4:00 p.m. CST via Zoom. Learn more.

Here's the trailer for Slay the Dragon:

Funky Fresh Farmers Market

WAVE has partnered with local farmers and producers to create an online farmers market. Orders are placed online at Choose doorstep delivery if within a 15-mile radius of downtown Wichita, or parking lot pickup at Wave (beer is available for parking lot pick up only. Must be 21+ with valid ID). Learn more.  

Hutchinson Art Center: April Art Daze
Daily, April 1 through April 30

Follow along with the Hutchinson Art Center's list of themes for this 30-day art challenge, and share your creations on social media using #artdaze2020. Learn more.

Hutchinson Art Center: Friday Morning Artists
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST every Friday in April

Every Friday at 9:00 a.m., the Hutchinson Art Center will post a picture on their social media sites and website. Participants are encouraged to recreate the image in their chosen art form and style and submit their artwork by 1:00 p.m. One participant will be chosen as the raffle winner for a gift bag of HAC merch. Learn more.

Hutchinson Art Center: Live Yoga
6:15 p.m. CST every Wednesday in April

The Hutchinson Art Center will host a virtual yoga class with Jeana Reed of Little Rabbit Yoga Studio every Wednesday in April. Join the one-hour yoga flow on the Little Rabbit Yoga Studo Facebook page or the Hutchinson Art Center's YouTube channel. Learn more.

Hutchinson Art Center and Stage 9 Theatre: Create-in-Place 49-Hour Film Challenge
Registration Deadline: 9 p.m. CST on April 17
49-Hour Film Challenge: 11 p.m. CST on Friday, April 17, through 12 a.m. on Monday, April 20

The Hutchinson Art Center and Stage 9 Theatre present at 49-hour film challenge. Registration is free but donations are encouraged. Films must be written, filmed, scored and submitted by the deadline of 12 am. on April 20. Films will have a maximum run time of 5 minutes and must include all 5 art elements provided at registrtion. The films will premier on the Stage 9 and Hutchinson Art Center Facebook pages at 7 p.m. on April 20. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, and audience choice. Learn more.

Kansas Leadership Center: Virtual Experiences

In place of in-person training, the Kansas Leadership Center is offering online, virtual and text-based services over the coming weeks so you can continue learn wherever you are. Learn more.

Kennedy Center: Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Mo Willems, children's book creator and Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence, invites viewers into his studio every weekday at 12:00 p.m. CST for a lunch doodle. Grab some crayons and paper, or download the activity sheet for each episode. Learn more.

Here's episode one:

KMUW: Digital Democracy on Tap
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, April 2

Due to COVID-19, KMUW's Engage ICT: Demcracy on Tap event series is going online. We'll address some of the questions about this new normal. Join us on Zoom for a conversation this Thursday about emergency homeschooling with USD 259's deputy superintendent Dr. Tiffinie Irving. We'll also be joined by the director of WSU's Counseling and Prevention Services, and a veteran homeschooling mom. Learn more. Saint Frances
5:00 p.m. CST on Sunday, April 5

Join for their new online series, Community Cinema Convos. Rent the film Saint Frances online with this link (50% goes to and start it at or before 3:00 p.m. Then join the conversation at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom with special guests from the cast and crew, including Director Alex Thompson. Learn more.

Mark Arts: Isolation Challenge

Mark Arts will issue art challenges each Monday. Artists will have until Thursday to submit their results to the program director for curating. An online exhibition of selected entries will be posted on Fridays. Learn more.

NPR Music: 5 Tiny Desk Concerts To Calm Your Mind

NPR Music presents five Tiny Desk concerts from artists who prefer to start low on the volume and ramp up, initiating a much welcomed tranquility. Learn more.

Here's Raveena performing "Honey," "Bloom" and "Still Dreaming" at the Tiny Desk:

NPR Music: A List Of Live Virtual Concerts

NPR Music is compiling a list of live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre, with links to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Some will require registration or a subscription, but most will be free, often with digital tip jars and opportunities to directly support artists by buying music and merchandise. Learn more.

Savannah Music Festival: SMF at Noon30 Concert Series
12:30 p.m. EST (11:30 a.m. CST) every day through April 11

KMUW is no stranger to the Savannah Music Festival (SMF), as Global Village features an artist in concert at the festival every final Monday of the month. The first concert of the 2020 SMF was scheduled for March 26 at 12:30 p.m. This online alternative features at-home and in-studio video performances by 2020 festival artists on the SMF YouTube channel. Learn more.

Here's Canadian musicians Kaia Kater and Andrew Ryan performing in their living room as part of SMF at Noon30: 

Ulrich Museum of Art: Meet Me in the Vault

The Ulrich Museum of Art is encouraging people to browse their new online collection portal, choose a favorite piece, and email it to Include the artist, title, your name and a brief statement about why you chose the piece you did. Favorites will be presented every week virtually. Learn more.

Wichita Art Museum: Curator & Artist Talks

The Wichita Art Museum has videos of artist talks and curator talks on their youtube page. Learn more.

Here's "Past, Present, and Future: Native American Art in the 21st Century" presented by Philbook Museum of Art Curator Christina Burke:

Wichita Public Library: E-Books & E-Audiobooks

Wichita Public Library offers e-books and e-audiobooks from OverDrive that can be checked out on your mobile device. Learn more.

Wichita Symphony Orchestra: Young People's Concerts

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is sharing several resources for activities and musically-themed lessons, normally shared with teachers prior to the WSO's Young People's Concerts. These activties are ideal for elementary-aged children. Learn more.

WSU Student Involvement: Conversation Cafe
3:00 p.m. CST every Monday, April 6 through May 4

Grab a tea or coffee and connect with other WSU students on Zoom. Weekly conversation topics will vary. Learn more.

WSU Student Involvement: Trivia Tuesday
8:00 p.m. CST every Tuesday through May 5

Join the WSU Student Activities Council each Tuesday night for a quick HQ/Kahoot style trivia game hosted online. E-giftcards are awarded each game to 1st and 2nd place finishers. At the end of the semester, the top scoring player will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Learn more.

WSU Student Involvement: Tune In Tuesday
11:00 a.m. CST every Tuesday through May 5

Tune-in with the WSU Student Activities Council on Zoom to hear about good things happening in the world, cooking tips, unique service ideas and more. Learn more.

WSU Student Involvement: Watch Party Wednesday
6:00 p.m. CST every Wednesday through May 6

The WSU Student Activities Council is hosting a weekly movie night. A Netflix subscription and Netflix Party Chrome Extension are required for participating. Learn more.

YMCA 360: Your Virtual YMCA

On this youtube channel, the YMCA offers a special preview of YMCA 360, their "on demand" healthy living network. Learn more.

Here's a yoga flow to relieve stress and tension:


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