Broadway stars are bringing the stage to life virtually, and Helping kids combat the social isolation they might be feeling.
Broadway Bound Kids is hosting online master classes with a different Broadway star each week. The money raised not only helps the nonprofit, but also the teaching artists and Broadway actors out of work right now.
Broadway Bound Kids was created to help kids learn not only about the theater, but how to express themselves and boost confidence.
Tony winner Ali Stroker did the most recent class. Connecting with the first Broadway actress to use a wheelchair for mobility was especially inspiring for students with disabilities.
"And you remind me of that first spark that I had when I was first introduced to theater. You all have it," Stroker told the class.
"I also want to say thank you because you paved the way and you opened the door for so many different-labeled performers," said one of the students during the class.
The one-hour classes are on Wednesday for students in pre-k to 12th grade, and will run from June 24 through August 12. You can also donate a scholarship to a student. For more information, visit broadwayboundkids.org.
If you happen to notice a heart on a boarded-up store, it may be one that Eva put there.
"This started for me when the pandemic hit. I started seeing all the boarded-up storefronts in my neighborhood in Manhattan," says Eva Huston, who started The Chalk Jungle on instagram. "I started drawing on them in chalk like the one behind me to bring a little brightness and joy to our days."
She has done more than 200 drawings throughout the city.
"I love NYC, and I know we're going to get through this, but I also know we've got to be able to walk down the street and smile occasionally," she says
You can check out her work at @thechalkjungle on instagram.