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Poetry, painting, sculpture and song are emerging from one of the darkest periods in modern U.S. history.

Bucks County Courier Times

Virtual programming isn’t a Band-Aid for arts organizations anymore. It’s become a lifeline for many groups in New Jersey while theaters, museums, studios and more remain shut down due to coronavirus.

And it’s become a key component of their futures, even when it’s safe for the curtains to go up and the doors to re-open.

The good news is that virtual programming has been somewhat of a silver lining, allowing organizations to stretch their innovation, keep some employees on the payroll, continue connecting with audiences, expand their reach beyond their local communities, and, in some cases, even raise funds.

But despite the bright points, there’s no way to sugarcoat the situation as a whole. The shutdown forced by the pandemic, which began in mid-March, has decimated the arts