The Society for the Arts launches an online lecture series for the over 70s

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The Arts Society, one of Britain’s leading arts education charities, has announced a series of free online lectures, film screenings and live Q&A aimed at those over 70 in lockdown.

The program, titled The Arts Society Connected, kicks off Tuesday morning with a lecture on Velazquez Las Meninas’ masterpiece by art historian Jacqueline Cockburn.

The following lectures will feature Antiques Roadshow presenter Mark Hill, novelist Sarah Dunant and Tate Museum curator Nicola Moorby, among others.

People will be able to participate in a “community moment” before and after the conferences, where they can make a cup of tea and talk with others in a forum.

The company is also offering free social media training to help its members stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Arts Society holds regular lectures and visits to museums and galleries, and has some 90,000 members aged 60 to 100, most of whom are over 70 years old.

Managing Director Florian Schweizer said: “We are delighted to be able to connect with our members through our new digital initiatives.

“The Society for the Arts normally offers hundreds of live lectures each month and plays an important role in the lives of our 90,000 members – for the months to come, we will not be able to do that.

“Our new platform, online conferences and online meetings make a vital contribution to engaging with those who have been ordered to stay in their homes for the months to come.

“We want to recreate and promote a sense of community, belonging and connection during a time of isolation and distancing.

“We believe the arts have the power to bring people together, and we will not let this virus prevent communities from enjoying the arts with each other.

“We are working with our thousands of volunteers to develop new skills and initiatives, build resilience and a future in which many of our members embrace digital as a valuable addition to their cultural experience.”

– The lectures will be downloaded every two weeks on Tuesday at 11 am.


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