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Ready, Set, Social Distancing in Davidson: Week 6

by | Apr 23, 2020 | News, Top Right Box

Creative and Artistic solutions for our community.


State “Stay at Home” Order Extended Through May 8, 2020


Local Business UpdateSee which businesses are offering curbside options

Our local businesses really need your support. Please consider ordering take-out from your neighbors. [This is an updated list from last week.]


Town of Davidson Launches Virtual Art on the Green and Gallery Crawl

The Town of Davidson is pleased to announce that the annual Art on the Green and Gallery Crawl events are “going virtual” for 2020!  Even though the community cannot gather together physically on the town green or downtown this year, we are still celebrating art and its value to all of us. Beginning Friday, April 24 and running for two weeks, art lovers everywhere can peruse a digital gallery of the selected artists’ websites. Those who would like to make a purchase can do so directly from the artist. As always, many of these featured artists are also local residents, so this is another great way to support our community.  “I will miss seeing everyone on the town green for Art on the Green, but I’m so thankful to the Town of Davidson for providing this virtual opportunity,” said Meredith Harris, painter and Davidson resident.

Interested?  You can access both the Virtual Art on the Green and Virtual Gallery Crawl pages by clicking on the banners here.


Outdoor Activities in Davidson

Mecklenburg County and Town parks are open if you are not sick! However, access to the parks is limited to pedestrians and cyclists. Greenways remain open. All active recreation features remain closed including basketball courts, playgrounds, and tennis courts. In addition, the bathroom facilities at the Town of Davidson parks and greenways are also closed. Remember to always keep six feet of “social distance” between you and other park or greenway visitors as you walk, run, or ride a bike! Stay safe, Davidson!

Greenways Map

Davidson Parks


Local online offerings:

Music at Davidson – Virtual Style (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

The Davidson College Music Department will be posting concert videos on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. The videos will be available on YouTube and Facebook.


Zoom Pilates – Saturday mornings

MVMT Pilates Studio is offering it’s 5th free Community Pilates mat class this Saturday at 9:00am! This week MVMT Studio is highlighting Main Street Books and how they’ve shifted their book sales and other offerings to you online! Please help to support them during this time. Support small and support local. To join the Pilates class via Zoom, simply click on the following click: Or visit for more information.


Livestream Lecture – April 27

Native Food-preneurs and the Food Sovereignty Movement- Agriculture and Activism

This is the final event in our Native Food-preneurs and the Food Sovereignty Movement lecture series. This series welcomes guests who speak about the ways that federal, state, and tribal policies shape food systems for Indigenous peoples and for Indigenous entrepreneurs engaged in the food industry. On April 27, we will hear about “Agriculture and Activism”: Liz Hoover (Mohwak/Mi’maq descent): Manning Associate Professor of American Studies at Brown University and author of The River Is in Us: Fighting Toxics in a Mohawk Community

Clint Carroll (Cherokee Nation): Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and the University of Colorado, Boulder and the author of Roots of our Renewal: Ethnobotany and Cherokee Environmental Governance, Roo George-Warren (Catawba Indian Nation): Artist, researcher, community scholar, gardener.

Watch the livestream. (The livestream link will be posted about 10 minutes before the event starts.) This event is part of the Mellon JEC initiative.


Virtual Network Night for Wildcats in Public Service – April 27

Davidson College alumni, families and friends who work or are interested in the public service industry are invited to attend an event to make connections within the industry as well as offer advice to current students. Monday, April 27, 6 p.m. ET. Registration required.


Livestream Lecture – April 29

Jennifer Lambe- “Disease, Politics, and Power: The View from Cuba”

Dr. Jennifer Lambe is an Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History at Brown University. She earned her Ph.D. From Yale. Her first book, Madhouse: Psychiatry and Politics in Cuban History (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), traces the history of mental illness and mental healing in Cuba through the Mazorra Mental Asylum, the only public psychiatric hospital in Cuba until the 1959 Revolution and a key site of political intervention and social reform. She is currently working on a new project on the transnational history of psychiatric dehospitalization. Lamb also directs a digital humanities project entitled “Beyond the Sugar Curtain: Tracing Cuba-U.S. Connections since 1959,” and is co-editing a volume, “The Revolution from Within: Cuba, 1959-1980,” under contract with Duke University Press.

Watch the livestream. (The livestream link will be posted about 10 minutes before the event starts.)


Summit Coffee – At-Home Trivia Package

Summit is bringing one of Davidson’s favorite weekly traditions to your home, and we’re giving you all the choices. We will host two trivia contests every week: Monday + Thursday. Any orders placed before 5:00pm on the day of trivia will be for that night’s contest.  We will email FOUR rounds of trivia questions at 5:00pm ET every Monday + Thursday, and answers are due by 11:59pm ET that same day. Winner(s) will be announced the following morning. If you’re at home with family, friends, or just by yourself, grab some entertainment. Questions? Email [email protected]


 Davidson’s Van Every/Smith Galleries – Art in Your Inbox

 Student Art

An interview with Davidson Studio Art major Ella Sams ’20 by intern Alice Berndt ’22.


Hot Dog Bridge – Davidson Permanent Art Collection

Hot Dog Bridge, a colored lithograph created by Russell Gordon (American, 1936-2013).


Art Connections

Gallery Director/Curator Lia Newman shares why artwork by Tom Stanley is giving her comfort during self-isolation.


Yinka Shonibare Talk

Click here view a conversation between Yinka Shonibare CBE and Davidson College’s President, Carol Quillen. The talk took place on campus in 2018 in conjunction with our exhibition The American Library, as well as our acquisition of Wind Sculpture (SG) I, a gift of Patricia A. Rodgers in memory of her husband B.D. Rodgers Jr.


WDAV Rodin Favorites

Back in February, Davidson’s Classical Public Radio posted an interesting series of interpretations based on our recent exhibition, Auguste Rodin: Truth Form Life. Several hosts and directors at WDAV chose pieces of classical music that best fit their personal interpretation of each sculpture, leading to an interesting crossroads of artistic and musical achievements. Click to read!


Online cameras or tour options:

Cat’s Cam – A Live View of the Yinka Shonibare Sculpture

Davidson College Art on Campus – Walk the campus while maintaining your social distance

Get a Virtual Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Card

Carolina Raptor Center Webcams

North Carolina Wildlife Foundation Website (includes live feed from their osprey cam)

North Carolina Zoo YouTube Channel

North Carolina Museum of History – History at Home

Virtual Museum Tours

OBX Connection – collection of live cameras streaming from the N.C. Outer Banks

Blue Ridge Parkway web cams

Grandfather Mountain View

Biltmore Estate web cam

Google’s Arts & Culture Page


Archives at Home – from the National Archives in Washington, DC

While our research rooms, museums, and Presidential Libraries are closed due to the ongoing health crisis, you can always turn to the National Archives for a wide selection of online content and to conduct research in our Catalog. Whether you are a student, an educator, a genealogist and even a curious nerd, we offer a multitude of ways for people at home to enrich their understanding of our nation’s history through our records and even contribute to our mission. All from the comfort of your couch! See the article we posted on News of Davidson.

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