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Today on Colorado Edition: after the University of Colorado Boulder announced they are moving classes online for two weeks, we’ll hear about the impact of that move. Plus, how local arts institutions are adapting to our new virtual world.

The University Of Colorado Moves Remote

Officials at the University of Colorado Boulder are moving all courses to remote instruction amid an ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The announcement comes after students were asked to place themselves on a mandatory, two-week self-quarantine.

KUNC’s Amanda Andrews spoke with two CU Boulder students who have tested positive for COVID-19 about their experience.

We also spoke with Jason Gonzales, who covers higher education for Chalkbeat Colorado, about CU Boulder’s response to the recent uptick in cases.

Virtual Film Festivals

Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., public health restrictions have become so much a part of our daily lives, that they’re almost routine. But it’s also becoming increasingly clear that life isn’t going to return to normal in the near future, and the adjustments we’ve learned to make since last March are likely to be with us still when next March rolls around. It seems we’re in it for the long haul, and life must find ways to continue in spite of the pandemic.

This is certainly true in the world of art and culture. After an initial wave of arts cancellations this spring, now many organizations are figuring out how to translate live events into virtual experiences.

Today, we're going to look at how a few arts institutions are approaching their annual flagship gatherings in a world where gathering is still prohibited.

Janice Miller, executive director of the Breck Film Festival, and Beth Seymour, managing director of the ACT Human Rights Film Festival, joined us to talk through what it’s like to transform a film festival at this time.

Doors Open Denver Goes Virtual

The Denver Architecture Foundation connects Denverites with their architectural heritage with the annual Doors Open Denver event that gives the public unusual levels of access to the city’s architectural gems. This year, of course, with COVID-19 restrictions, the Denver’s doors can’t be opened – at least not in-person.

KUNC’s Rae Solomon spoke to Denver Architecture Foundation director Pauline Herrera about how her group is finding ways to carry on this cultural tradition – and the surprising advantages of virtual architectural tours.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman, and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. We get production help from Rae Solomon.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with a rebroadcast of the previous evening's show Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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