Arts and Culture have the power to connect, to heal, and to build communities. While Miami Beach Cultural Institutions have temporarily closed their doors to fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), our arts community remains committed to inspire knowledge, creativity, and ideas.

As part of Miami Beach Virtual Culture, we are bringing our residents and visitors a selection of the City’s vast cultural offerings, including virtual art-making activities, master theatre workshops, concerts by musicians from around the world, art salon programs, and online exhibitions.

Over the next few weeks, we'll continue to share the culture that enriches our lives and connects us wherever we are. You can follow Miami Beach Arts and Culture using the hashtag #MBArtsAndCulture or sign up for weekly newsletters at the bottom of our homepage.

Highlights:

The Bass

Virtual Tours at The Bass

Miami New Drama

MASTER MiND Classes

Wolfsonian FIU

The Pursuit of Abstraction

The Rhythm Foundation

Afrobeta Live Performance

MBUS + The Betsy Hotel

Zen & the Art of...

Listings:

THE BASS MUSEUM

The Bass' doors may be temporarily closed, but that just means a virtual Bass is now open! Next week, join them for  Art Camp From Home   as their team guides you through family projects in lieu of our Spring Art Camps. The Bass is also bringing their  educational resources  online for free, featuring fun, at-home activities and lesson plans for all ages. Check them out for their daily 3:05 p.m. ‘Cafecito Break’ posts on  Instagram  or  Facebook  and share what you'd like to see more of as we #MuseumFromHome, by messaging their team or leaving comments.

Or do you need a museum break? Take a virtual tour of Ugo Rondinone's solo exhibition good evening beautiful blue, previously on display at The Bass from October 29, 2017 - March 25, 2018. The exhibition included vocabulary of solitude, an installation of 45 life-size clown figures cast from 22 men and 23 women of various ages and ethnicities.

   

JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA FIU

JMOF-FIU remains closed, but now you can view one of their most popular exhibitions online. In Tamim Zach Balber uses portrait photography to uncover the camouflaged identity (tattoos) of some of Judaism’s most unconventional Jews. Balber, Jewish himself, connected with the men he photographed while rediscovering his own heritage.

 

 

   

MIAMI BEACH URBAN STUDIOS - FIU

ZEN AND THE ART OF...

The Betsy Hotel and the FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios have partnered on an Arts Salon Programs which includes “Zen and the Art of … (Architecture, Music, Poetry, Photography)” debuting on Monday, March 30, 2020. The show includes four weekly installments of a new online interactive arts salon series called “Zen and the Art of … (Architecture, Poetry, Music, Photography),” featuring talks and performances by some of the most innovative artists working today. These events are free and open to the public and will be held at your house.

  • March 30: Architect, Chad Oppenheim
  • April 6: Cellist, Jason Calloway
  • April 13: Poet, Campbell McGrath
  • April 20: Cellist, Jason Calloway

All talks and performances are available from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and are accessible through Zoom by sending your rsvp to rsvp@thebetsyhotel.com .


CLIMATEX10: A VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH

  • Friday, April 3 from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

   

MIAMI CITY BALLET

MCB'S COSTUME DEPARTMENT MAKES MASKS FOR NIKLAUS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

   

MIAMI DESIGN PRESERVATION LEAGUE

CONNECT WITH US DIGITALLY - SOCIAL DISTANCING EDITION

Watch lecture recordings from the Miami Design Preservation League's Art Deco Weekend 2020 from the comfort of your own home. Click here to read their latest newsletter with a series of lectures celebrating "Women Who Made a Difference".

   

MIAMI NEW DRAMA

Our friends at Miami New Drama are continually finding new ways to expand their educational programming. Register for free digital sessions being offered by their expansive network of award-winning artists!

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TUESDAY, MARCH 31 (Register)
3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Join Peter Romano and Brynne McManimie looking at an actor's approach to American Master Playwrights from Tennessee Williams to Sara Ruhl. Peter has directed Miami New Drama's educational tour productions of Antigone and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2 (Register)
3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Join Drama Desk winner and Tony nominee Christopher Renshaw to discuss creating and directing a new musical. He has directed operas, plays, and musicals all over the world most recently directing A Wonderful World.

MONDAY, APRIL 6 (Register)
3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Join Winter Miller for an in depth discussion about writing about seemingly big events--politics, war, disaster, and making them sing with your personal stamp. Why are YOU the one writing and telling this story--getting clear on that will allow you to proceed.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 (Register)
3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Dramatizing from your own experience. As a writer, Carmen Pelaez has always explored the moments that capture laughter and devastation in the same breath. In this workshop, she will give you some handles on how to turn deeply personal experiences and every day inspirations into short and full length plays.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 (Register)
3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
The journey of an actor with Lana Gordon. From auditioning, to living and performing abroad, to starring in Broadway's hottest show. No two acting career paths are alike and Lana will share the ups and downs of her own journey and lessons she learned along the way.

   

NEW WORLD SYMPHONY

 THE NWS ARCHIVE+

Beginning this week, NWS will debut a web-based series called NWS Archive+. Michael Tilson Thomas will moderate discussions with NWS Fellows, alumni, guest artists and visiting faculty about recorded performances from our archives. Their personal reflections will offer unique insights into the streamed concerts. Performances will be available at www.nws.edu.

NEW WORLD SYMPHONY FELLOWS: LIVE FROM OUR LIVING ROOM

Beginning Friday evening, March 20, at 7:00 PM, NWS Fellows will play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach. This series, titled New World Symphony Fellows: Live from our Living Room, will be broadcast via Facebook Live. Follow NWS on Facebook here.

   

O CINEMA

O Cinema's new virtual theaters will allow them to continue sharing curated, cinematic gems with you by bringing the art house film experience directly into your home and allowing you to continue supporting O Cinema. 

These are some of the latest and greatest in independent cinema. Check them out from the comfort of your own home!

 

Opening 3/27: Bacurau (2019)

Opening 3/27: Zombi Child (2020)

Opening 3/27: Once Were Brothers...(2020)

   

THE RHYTHM FOUNDATION

 AFROBETA LIVE CONCERT

Disappointed that you were going to miss Afrobeta at the North Beach Bandshell? Don’t worry. They took it all online and streamed the event live on Facebook. You can re-watch to your heart's content here.

 

The Rhythm Foundation will also broadcast a live stream of Jay Thomas in a closed set performance from the North Beach Bandshell on Thursday, April 16th at 8:00 p.m.. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more details.

About the Artist: Jay Thomas makes sweet, electric poetry. The beat drops, the strings swell, the voice swoons over guitar tunes. Jay Thomas performs as a duo with Jay Thomas on guitar and vocals accompanied by his partner Oscar Quesada on cello, keys and beats. Their music is an eclectic blend of folk, pop, and indie with an edge. In 2019 they released their first album as Jay
Thomas, Fantasma Tropical . Follow him on social media at @heyjaythomas.

 

   

THE WOLFSONIAN FIU

The Wolfsonian-FIU will also spotlight digital experiences produced over recent years, including:

  • Art of Illumination, a Knight Foundation-supported initiative that commissions thought-provoking video art pieces from contemporary artists, designers, and collectives.
  • Two online exhibitions, which give life to the golden age of Cuban–U.S. tourism (Promising Paradise) and early 20th-century spiritual art (The Pursuit of Abstraction) through texts, lectures, interviews, and virtual and collector-led tours.
  • Recorded programming, allowing art lovers to enjoy past Wolfsonian talks from home.
  • The museum's digital catalog, offering collection access at visitor’s fingertips.

"For us—and for museums around the world—opening up our collection for the community is a public service and an ethical responsibility. These are the moments when art's comforts and delights are most needed. If we can inspire a laugh, spark a new thought, or create a sense of solidarity, we consider that a success. We'll bring The Wolfsonian to you,” - Tim Rodgers, director of The Wolfsonian-FIU.