HENDERSON — Arts Alive 2021 is alive and well, but a little different from Arts Alive of the past.
Since 2017, Arts Alive has provided a showcase for the talents of students in Vance County Schools. Student performers and graphic artists displayed their talents on stage in McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center and in the gallery between the theater and Perry Memorial Library.
But all that came to an abrupt halt in 2020. Like so much of normal life, Arts Alive became a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, Arts Alive will come alive virtually, with a live-streamed show on April 24.
The process is already underway. Performers have submitted audition videos. They will be notified by March 31 if they were selected to make a performance recording. Those selected will receive assistance in developing a polished product for showing April 24.
Artists have submitted samples of their work, and the county’s art teachers are selecting items for a virtual gallery to be displayed in parallel to the live-streamed show.
The live-streamed show will replace the McGregor Hall live performances of previous Arts Alive shows. Instead of going to the performing arts center, people can “see it from the comfort of their own homes,” said Andrew Markoch, director of fine arts and innovation for Vance County Schools.
He added that live streaming has one advantage over a live show: Grandparents and other interested individuals, who aren’t able to make the trip to Henderson to attend the show in person, will be able to click in and view the show from wherever they are.
The Arts Alive 2021 live-streamed event will air on April 24 at 7 p.m. Streaming information will be provided prior to that date.