By John Bear, Westword | We Are Denver and the the Black Actors Guild are assembling an online video library of work by artists, musicians and other creative people stuck inside because of the coronavirus outbreak currently gripping the world.
“The purpose is sort of philanthropic,” says artist and organizer Ryan Foo. “We want to have a live stream that people can tune into and be entertained by, but every time someone’s stuff gets showcased, there will be an opportunity to donate directly to them. Things are kind of crazy right now, especially for artists in the event production realm.”
Foo is the director of operations for the Black Actors Guild and a lead producer at We Are Denver. He says the streaming service runs like a television channel with five-minute PSA-type messages from local artists and check-ins with popular artists from around town. It will possibly have as much as eight hours of programming repeated three times a day. The content will be available on multiple platforms, including a website, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
The self-isolation and social distancing resulting from the coronavirus has already hit the creative community hard, Foo says, and he hopes the project will keep people connected.
“It’s like a loop, but it will be a ton of content,” Foo says. “You will have to try pretty hard to see the same stuff twice.”
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Information on how to submit is available at http://www.wearedenver.org.
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