Shanti offers clients an opportunity to enjoy some of the Bay Area’s cultural events and recreational activities with a supportive group of peers. Complementary event tickets are offered for live theater, concerts, sports, outdoor activities, opera, ballet, and more. Participating in community events can combat loneliness, isolation, and brings a sense of connection and belonging.
COVID-19 hit Shanti's Activities Desk hard because, "our whole purpose was to keep people connected to community,” said David Smee, Client Activities Coordinator. While in-person gatherings and events were on hiatus, Shanti ensured clients had access to virtual events around the globe. Clients were treated to streaming DJ sets from Berlin, virtual tours of international museums, film festivals, performances by The Tokyo Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Hermann’s Jazz Club in New York City, and much more. Offering virtual events brought diverse programming, and gave clients a fresh perspective they wouldn’t otherwise have.