Price Center Providing Virtual Connections During COVID Crisis

As a re-opening date for the downtown community center remains unclear, the Price Center has begun providing a virtual connection via its social media channels, website, and emails with special offers to its members. A new daily virtual art show, beautiful posts of featured flowers from the Garden, and links to yoga sessions and a virtual celebration of World Tai Chi Day are just a few of the ways the unique Center is helping people stay connected and well.

“The healthy habits and programming we offer and promote at the Center have proved to be an irresistible attraction for thousands of visitors each year, including lots of daily, weekly and monthly attendees,” said Clay DeStefano, executive director. “While the programs and offerings draw people in, we know for certain that it’s the social connections that keep them coming back,” he added.

Fresh on the heals of a wildly successful opening on International Women’s Day for the current art show “The Language Women Speak,” the Center was forced to temporarily close its doors due the COVID outbreak. While nearly 300 gathered to celebrate art in all its forms by women for women, the show has gone unseen since.

The current art show’s close has been extended through the month of May and efforts to create videos of it are underway. In the meantime, the Center’s Arts Committee wanted to help provide comfort, inspiration, and healing to during the challenge. They met via Zoom and created a Call for virtual show titled, “Art in the Time of COVID: Creativity Knows No Bounds.” The show is open to anyone and accepting all forms of art including visual, performing, written, and spoken. Since putting out the Call for Art last week and first posts appearing Monday, nearly two dozen area artists have already submitted more than 50 works to be shared. Small lots of new works can be seen daily on Facebook @Price Center & Garden and Instagram @smtxpricecenter.

In addition, the Center’s yoga provider -- SMTX Yoga -- has sent links of short sessions to all of its regular attendees and thanks to Brenda Bell, one of our tai chi instructors, World Tai Chi Day, which has been celebrated in the Garden the past two years, will be offered virtually via this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/908092086327633/

Pictured here: Top: Ray of Hope by Carol Serur, Middle: Isolation by Patricia Paul, and bottom: Red Poppy by Margaret Adie.

Learn more about the Price Center and its services at price-center.org

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