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Jack Morgan

Arts and Culture Reporter

Jack Morgan has spent 35 years in electronic media, doing both television and radio.

In his mid-20s, Jack was known as Robbin Banks at two San Angelo FM stations, but the bulk of his career has been spent at PBS stations in Austin (KLRU), Orlando (WMFE), Vermont Public Television, and San Antonio's KLRN.

At KLRN he spent five years as director of production, where he was responsible for three hour-long programs with the San Antonio Symphony. Jack was also responsible for KLRN's ARTS program during its startup, and co-produced Texas Week With Rick Casey.

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On Fridays, The Weekender traditionally tells you about great events that San Antonians can do. Clearly that's on hiatus right now, but there are still many things you can do if you know where to look.

Jack Morgan

One of the state's premier Natural History Museums, the Witte, is closed like all the others. It’s caused them to rethink how they do what they do, and be creative with solutions. 

Jack Morgan

San Antonio's Public Theater has been reeling since the new coronavirus caused the organization to shut its doors. CEO George Green said tough times are nothing new for the Public Theater, formerly the San Pedro Playhouse.

Troy Peters is the music driector of Youth Orchestras San Antonio.
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Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's stated objective is to change young peoples' lives through music. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that’s a challenge. Music Director Troy Peters says all performances and even practices are suspended.

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Update on April 1: San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture and the Luminaria Artist Foundation announced they are suspending the program to help artists during the COVID-19 pandemic due to a large number of responses.

Applications submitted before April 3 at 5 p.m. will be evaluated for funding.

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Among growing cases of COVID-19, protecting our physical health by maintaining social distance, hand-washing and being mindful about what we touch is essential. But managing mental health can be just as important. 

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COVID-19 is affecting everyone, and in the world of arts, artists and art instructors are being hit particularly hard. Texas Public Radio spoke to an artist who is down, but not out.

Ramin Samandari is a photographer, portrait artist and teacher of photography. His Magical Realism photography studio dates back to the days of film developing. He’s moved on to digital photography but remembers the magic of watching images appear slowly on paper in the darkroom.

A banner with an Italian flag reading "All will be well" is seen as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Milan.

Italy has borne some of the worst results of the Coronavirus outbreak. Hundreds are dying every day there, with more cases in the country's far north.

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Normally, on Fridays the Weekender highlights the best bets on concerts, stage productions and other events. These days, most everything is closed or canceled. But TPR's Jack Morgan has an idea for you... if you're ready for a stroll.

Mary Ellen Goree is a musician in the San Antonio Symphony, who gives lessons on the side. The coronavirus crisis has forced her to be a bit more creative when it comes to making a living.
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The coronavirus crisis has forced the creative hand for many who deal one-on-one with others as part of their work.