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Searching the arts for my holiday spirit

The holidays are here (happy Hanukkah to those that celebrate), but I cannot find my holiday spirit. I think I left it back in 2019. When I’m feeling meh, I look to the arts to pick me up. I searched the ColumbusMakesArt.com events calendar for virtual events to lift my spirits and here are a few things that I found.

Harmony Project’s Concert for Us 2020 Virtual Addition, Thursday, Dec. 17. Weird fact: While I am not generally someone who cries a lot, choir music moves me to tears.

I find listening to other artists talk to be motivating. It makes me want to play with my own creative pursuits. To this end I’m looking at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, virtual artist talk with Deborah Griffing, Thursday, Dec. 17.

Family Holiday Radio Hour, a virtual performance presented by Worthington Community Theater, kicks off Dec. 17. Think of it as a podcast, but more theatrical.

Also kicking off Dec. 17, Jazz at the Lincoln: Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O, this is a streaming show. I’m imagining putting the Netflix fireplace video on (I don’t have a real fireplace), pouring myself an adult beverage and sitting back to enjoy.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a virtual performance, Saturday, Dec. 19. I have always wanted to see this. Perhaps this is the year. The dancing alone would perk me up.

Streaming now via the Wexner Center for the Arts, Pressure Cooker: Culinary Arts Bootcamp. This 2008 documentary spends a year with the Wilma Stephenson and Philadelphia Frankford High School’s culinary arts boot camp. Color me intrigued. I wonder if this will inspire me to make a lovely holiday meal for myself or ensure that I order out.

AND on Sundays at 1 p.m., through Dec. 27, you can tune in to WOSU Classical 101 FM to hear ProMusica Chanber Orchestra.

What picks you up when you’re not feeling the joys of the season? If the arts help you like they do me, you can find more at ColumbusMakesArt.com.

Lacey Luce is a digital marketing strategist for the Greater Columbus Arts Council who is usually baking for holiday parties about now.

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