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Artists Staying Connected Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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Claire Liparulo and Kyle Anne photos by Jesi Cason Photography
Clockwise From Bottom Left: Kyle Anne, Brendan Powers & Rachel Burttram, Claire Liparulo

Ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic has largely brought Southwest Florida’s arts and culture offerings to a grinding halt. Still, local artists practicing social distancing and self-isolation are doing what they can to keep performing and stay connected through social media.

We’ll meet actors Brendan Powers and Rachel Burttram with the Florida Repertory Theatre who are live streaming theatre performances from their home on Facebook.  We’ll also catch up with Southwest Florida-based singer/songwriters Kyle Anne and Claire Liparulo who have also been staying connected with fans through live-streamed performances. We’ll explore the innovative ways these artists are coping and how patrons, also stuck in their homes, can help.

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.