With uncertainty being the only thing we can plan on at the moment, we’ve made this month’s list of events a virtual experience. There are a couple of exceptions — a self-guided walking tour and nature preserve — but like everything these days, those are subject to change. So be sure to check the organizations’ websites for updated information.
Washington’s Institute for American Indian Studies has started the Inside with IAIS video series on its Facebook page to stay connected to the community and provide stories and learning experiences. New installments are uploaded Monday, Wednesday and Friday and all previous videos will remain on the page. iaismuseum.org
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The Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY), sponsored by the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is one of the country’s premier student-run environmental film festivals. The EFFY team spent months selecting films and curating themes, but the annual New Haven spring event has been postponed. However, several of the festival’s featured films are now streaming online. effy.yale.edu
Brass City bonanza
Waterbury’s Mattatuck Museum has moved some of its exhibitions online, including Edward Balthazar: Urban Artist, which showcases Waterbury scenes that Balthazar produced during the 1930s and ’40s, and Women’s Sphere: Selections from the Collection, 25 works from the Matt’s collection created by women artists. mattmuseum.org
Get back to nature
At publication, Aspetuck Land Trust’s nature preserves in Westport, Fairfield, Weston and Easton are open to the public. Officials only ask that you leave your dog home. Aspetuck has 145 open spaces on almost 2,000 acres of land in the four towns. aspetucklandtrust.org
Peruse more than 5,000 works of art, artifacts, graphics, photos and documents on the New Haven Museum website and explore a virtual treasure trove of fascinating people, places and objects. Collections manager Mary Christ says the online cataloging project is a work in progress, with more objects being added weekly. newhavenmuseum.org
Stamford Symphony has created a new digital space with a wide range of content for classical music lovers. On the Stamford Symphony Channel are messages from music director Michael Stern and their musicians, video links to music that will no longer be heard during scheduled performances, and talks about music and composers. stamfordsymphony.org
Before modern medicine
An exhibition on 19th-century medicine titled Health, Healing & Addiction in 19th Century America, in the planning stages for the past two years, was scheduled to open May 14 and run through Nov. 8 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk. Featuring rare, never-before-seen artifacts from a major private collection as well as public institutions, the exhibition explores how families managed their health in the 1800s. The LMMM is making the exhibition accessible online. lockwoodmathewsmansion.com
The historic Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center in Ridgefield has a free, 11-stop, outdoor self-guided walking tour called Gilberts in the Gardens. Cass Gilbert was a wealthy “starchitect” in New York and found this property during his search for a summer home in the country. One of the improvements he made was adding an arbor-covered patio off the back of the house. The stops on the tour span the site’s four acres, ensuring that visitors can practice social distancing while learning about local history. keelertavernmuseum.org
"Special tours” are being led online, courtesy of Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, with exhibitions broken down into minute-long explanations describing particular pieces from collections like Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture, American Sign Language and Artists on Art. Some of the works featured include a chair and desk designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Picasso’s The Painter, and a Colt family cradle made from Charter Oak wood. Audio transcripts of the narrations are also available. thewadsworth.org