Staying Creative

 Staying Creative

ThinkTV creates new digital series about art during the pandemic

During the pandemic, ThinkTV, Dayton’s PBS station, has had to do what many other businesses have done—shut down its offices. While the station normally films its own show—The Art Show, a weekly show on southwest Ohio’s arts scene—production was halted during the stay-at-home order.

ThinkTV can no longer produce its normal shows but the station hasn’t stopped making content. Instead, it created a new digital series called Art In Isolation. The show, which can be seen for free on ThinkTV’s Facebook page, has local artists and organizations talk about what they’re doing while at home and how they’re staying creative. The artists were asked to film themselves answering a series of questions and send in photos and video of them working so that ThinkTV could then create the 2-to-3-minute-long clips.

About a dozen episodes were released over the course of three weeks. The series has featured Countess Winfrey from the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Madcap Puppets and Cincinnati hip-hop artist Jody Jones, also known as GrandAce.

“We really thought that this was an opportunity for us to tell a story but also bring a little bit of light to people’s social feeds,” says Kellie May, manager of Communications and Digital Initiatives for Public Media Connect, which owns Cincinnati’s CET and Dayton’s ThinkTV.