03/25/2020

Here’s How We’re Easing Stress and Staying Connected

As the world grapples with the coronavirus outbreak, we are pledged to staying connected. Everyone at AKA NYC is working to support each other and our clients in any way we can, and even though we’re in our own private spaces, we know that we’re in this together.

In the spirit of self-care, we’ve been internally trading everything from news roundups to at–home workouts, and now we’re sharing a collection of our favorites with you. Each department from the AKA team has curated their personal recommendations of ways to find balance and stay positive. We hope you’ll find them helpful and enjoyable, and more than anything, we hope you are safe and healthy.

A WORK FROM HOME SOUNDTRACK

When you’re working from home, you need some music to keep yourself energized and focused. Our content team has curated this playlist to help you stay productive in your PJs. Listen on Spotify or Apple Music.


A BREAK FOR YOUR BRAIN

Whether you’ve been binging on news reports or focusing on a project all morning, you can refresh your brain with a puzzle or quiz. Our insights team recommends these sites, which offer great games for free.

Sporcle is one of the internet’s best sites for free quizzes. They have games on every subject you can think of, so just type in a topic and test your knowledge.

Whether you want a quick puzzle or a serious jigsaw challenge, Jigsaw Planet has you covered.

 


A NETFLIX HIATUS

If you’re feeling burned out on TV and the internet, our copy team recommends these fantastic books.

Rewrites by Neil Simon
One of the best books about a life in the theatre, and now seems like as good a time as any for a reminder of the power of laughter.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
A thrilling read about the triumph of imagination and the power of storytelling to lift us in times of struggle.

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
Noah’s journey from apartheid-era South Africa to American talk show treasure will make you laugh and cry—often at the same time.

Auntie Mame, and the sequel Around the World with Auntie Mame, both by Patrick Dennis
If you’re looking for pure, effervescent escapism—and a philosophy for living life to the fullest, even during the most challenging of times—then look no further than Mame’s madcap, delicious, diabolical romps.


EXPERIENCE THE WORLD

Thanks to technology, the world remains in reach, and our experiential team has a few recommendations to experience it all.

Opera Online
New York’s Metropolitan Opera is streaming past productions from its award-winning Live in HD series of cinema transmissions while the Opera House is closed. Productions will be available from 7.30pm EDT (11.30pm GMT) for 20 hours.

Don’t Miss the Spring! Take a virtual walk through the New York Botanical Garden’s blooming landscape.

While The Met’s buildings may be closed, they’ve got us covered with The Primer. Explore key themes of exhibitions and installations through stories, videos, animations, and more.

Ivy League Classes
Some Ivy League schools are offering (roughly 450!) free courses during quarantine, and you don’t have to be an enrolled student (or a student at all) for most!

Travel to National Parks & International Wonders
● Explore Yosemite National Park like never before
● Walk the Great Wall of China online
● Visit the monuments of the Acropolis in Greece
● Have the Palace of Versailles all to yourself in a virtual tour


MIND AND BODY

Our client services and media teams have found the best online classes for keeping that mind and body active.

Gaga Dance
Gaga NYC is offering three live dance classes every day, open to anyone, from anywhere in the world, via Zoom. A $5 donation is suggested (not required), and it goes directly to benefit the teachers!

Free Meditation Studio Session
Inscape is sharing free meditation sessions online now while their Flatiron studio is temporarily closed.

 


VIRTUAL EXPRESSION

While we can’t go to the museum right now, our digital team recommends using AR to bring the artifacts and masterpieces into your home.

Virtual History Lesson
This virtual collection contains over 30 historical artifacts. It is curated by the BBC and includes an ancient Egyptian mummy; Rodin’s The Kiss; iconic sculptures from Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth; and masterpieces by Tintoretto, Bellini, and Turner.

Play-full Video Conference
Even while working from home, you can add razzle dazzle to your next video conference call with custom Zoom backgrounds designed by our Studio.

Chalk It Up
Someone used chalk to leave hopeful messages all around town. Today, they have all washed away. So, here’s an AR app that allows you to leave geo-location tagged drawings and messages for others to discover.


MAKING US SMILE

Nothing stimulates our own work like being inspired by other artists. Our creative team has been loving these recent ideas that brought a smile to our faces.

Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium keeps visitors engaged by taking penguins for walks around its empty space.

Street Easy uses romance novels to inspire an eye-catching and playful campaign.

 


FOR THE LITTLE ONES

Virtual Zoo/Aquarium Visits
Selected zoos, including San Diego Zoo, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, are offering live streaming of their zoos.

Online Storytime
You can join the Brooklyn Library for virtual storytime with books, songs, and tips for your child to acquire early literacy, fine motor, and developmental language skills.

Check out Mars
Explore the surface of Mars with this digital 360° camera.