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Hopkins Arts Online Gallery: Creativity in Quarantine

Matthew Breier '22 Assistant Arts Editor
The creative voice finds a way to sing.
Whether it is actually through singing or through photography, acting, or music, the arts at Hopkins will not be quieted by the scourge of COVID-19. In fact, the arts are soaring!

Spearheaded by Arts Department Chair and Director of Instrumental Music Robert Smith and the amazing Arts Department faculty, the Hopkins Arts Online Gallery has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few weeks.

The gallery, which can be found at
https://www.hopkinsarts.com/, features HDA’s production of "Execution of Justice," Orchestra’s Bergamasca Project, phenomenal photos from the Intermediate and Advanced Photography classes, sculptures from the Woodworking class, and the Hopkins COVID-19 Mask Gallery. The drama and orchestra productions were made possible by a program called Soundtrap. Smith said, “This technology allowed the drama students to collaborate - recording dialogue, sound effects, and narration in really creative ways.”

When asked about the most creative adaptation featured on the Hopkins Arts Online Gallery, Smith noted R. C. Sayler’s total transformation of the Woodworking class to a focus on sculpture: “They are now using completely different materials - cardboard, Q-tips, popsicle sticks and whatever else they have at home and are making great art… It’s a different course at this point!” Smith said that the pandemic has “given the arts faculty a lot of ideas of how to expand the curricula at home with a new bag of tricks.” The aforementioned Mask Gallery is a standout of the new site. Smith reported that there are over forty mask photo submissions, and, as of April 30, there were 530 hits on the Mask Gallery alone. The idea was implemented “as a two-pronged effort to spread the word about personal safety and to show everyone’s mask designs while helping to maintain a sense of community and recreate the normalcy of campus.”

The Hopkins Arts Online Gallery has shown Hopkins that art will survive. Mr. Smith said, “Art has saved a lot of people from the solitude [that the pandemic has caused]. Art is personal and accessible to all. We all connect to art so easily and so readily- so it is helping everyone to cope and to reconnect.” The Hopkins Art Online Gallery alone has had 2300 page views as of April 30. and this lets “everyone know that we are there for you...we want everyone to know that our community is still moving forward...we all still have a place...everyone still has a place and we all in this together!” 

Stay tuned for the Freestyle Gallery…


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