From The Westerly Sun – January 1, 2021
By Nancy Burns-Fusaro / Sun staff writer
The pandemic turned everything upside down in 2020, including some of the things we usually rely on to help us through dark times — like the arts.
When it became clear that the novel coronavirus was going to stick around for a while, arts leaders from Westerly to Mystic to Providence and in between began to look anew at the programs they had planned to present in 2020, most of which were canceled when pandemic protocols forced limits on large indoor gatherings.
Groups like the Chorus of Westerly, the United Theatre, the La Grua Center, the Granite Theatre, the Arts Café Mystic, Trinity Rep and the Gamm experimented with new ways to reach their audiences. They partnered with other organizations, and they turned to Zoom and YouTube and Soundscape and the great outdoors as they wrestled with how best to entertain and inspire their weary supporters starved for music, theatre, film and fun. Some jumped online and others used videography to livestream or record shows and performances, individually or stitched together.