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.


The Rhythm Foundation

Afrobeta Live Performance

Wolfsonian FIU

The Pursuit of Abstraction

The Bass

Virtual Tours at The Bass

Miami New Drama




El Padre
Fri. 5/15/20 at 8:00 P.M.
Sat. 5/16/20 at 2:00 P.M.
In this realistic tragedy of the 19th century, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa collaborates with the world renowned dancer Carmela Greco in the role of La Madre, international artists Eloy Aguilar in the role of the Father, Josefine Chiachierro in the role of the Daughter, guitarists Antonio Gabarri and Manantial and Singer Nieves Diaz. This work uses flamenco as a language to bring to life the history, characters and relationships of the classic play. Music plays an integral role in the creation and live presentation of the piece. The guitarist and the singer collaborated with the dancers and choreographers to create the original music and lyrics for this work that tells the story of a father manipulated by his wife who wants to control her daughter and her fortune. The Father explores the complex and intense relationships between the three central characters in this work: the father, the mother and the daughter, along with the nurse, the doctor and the priest that the mother recruits to support her plot for her husband to be hospitalized. in a madhouse. The eight dancers and three musicians accomplished the extraordinary task of bringing Strindberg to flamenco, creating a magnificent theatrical experience and a tribute to his genius.



The Bass' doors may be temporarily closed, but that just means a virtual Bass is now open! The Bass is 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.


In the meantime, as The Bass prepares the building to welcome you back safely, visit The [Virtual] Bass and attend one of our digital programs:

  • Thursday, May 21 | 11 a.m. (EST): Breakfast at The [Virtual] Bass, a conversation between Eternity Now artist Sylvie Fleury and me, live on Facebook
  • June 8 - August 14: Virtual Summer Art Camps, weekly interactive Zoom classes for ages 4-12, including art materials
  • Sunday, June 14 | 5 p.m. (EST): Curator Culture, a conversation between award-winning actor Billy Porter and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, moderated by Tom Healy, live on Facebook 

On Thursday, April 9, 6 p.m., The Bass and The New Tropic held a live virtual reception via Zoom to celebrate the opening of Tracey Moffatt’s exhibition Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015. Watch the pre-recorded reception that featured a talk between curator Leilani Lynch and The New Tropic’s Bruce Pinchbeck. Watch Here.

Take a virtual tour of Pascale Marthine Tayou's exhibition Beautiful, previously on view at the museum from Oct 29, 2017 – May 20, 2018. The exhibition centered around an intervention with the museum’s permanent collection where Tayou presented his work alongside his own selection of objects from The Bass’ founding collection. Take a Tour.

Coloring is soothing for everyone, not just the kiddos. Explore unique elements of The Bass’ building and works from the collection through these free coloring pages. Print out a sheet for old-fashioned marker or crayon coloring, or get high-tech and use a tablet. Enjoy! Make sure to share your artwork with us @BassCreativityCenter and #BassCreativityCenter. Get Started.




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.


Judith Leiber: Master Craftsman tells the story of a fearless woman ahead of her time. Leiber's innovative style is immortalized by her animal and her food themed minaudieres (small decorative handbags without handles), beloved by celebrities and first ladies alike, including Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Marnie Eisenhower, Lady Bird Johnson, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton and Barbara Walters.


Businesses, schools, and public institutions have closed their doors to comply with evolving city and state recommendations to stay home, leaving most South Floridians stuck at home and unable to partake in group gatherings.

While you continue to practice social distancing, take advantage of the many virtual programs we are offering, including our newly launched virtual tours—which you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Your group can virtually visit the Judith Leiber: Master Craftsman. The exhibition honors the Holocaust survivor-turned-mega-designer’s life, work and legacy and features photographs of Leiber, alongside a comprehensive selection of Judith Leiber’s bags, belts, pillboxes and glasses, from collectors in Florida as well as from The Leiber Collection.

Also available to tour virtually is Zachary Balber’s Tamim, a collection of compelling photographs of unconventional (tattooed) Jews. Each virtual tour takes about 30 minutes and will be lead by one of our professional staff members. For information, please contact Eva Shvedova or Nancy Cohen.


Upcoming Virtual Programs

Thursdays at Three Jacqueline Goldstein in Conversation with Ann Rothstein Segan

06/04/2020 03:00 PM

Ann Rothstein Segan talks about her father, Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985),known as one of America’s premier photojournalists of the twentieth century. During a 50-year career, he created an indelible visual record of life in the United States, and opened windows to the world for the American people.

In Conversation - Dr. Andrew Gottlieb: Ritual Objects & Identity

06/10/2020 03:00 PM

Join Education Manager Luna Goldberg, and JMOF-FIU Board Member Dr. Andrew Gottlieb, for a conversation around ritual objects, and their importance in preserving cultural identity and collective memory. Dr. Gottlieb will share with us his research and objects from his personal Judaica collection with roots in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Cuba, and the United States.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

06/24/2020 03:00 PM

The virtual tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Arielle Weininger, discussing the life of RBG and the history of the exhibition, including audio, video, and photographs of artifacts as seen in the exhibit.




The Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach has created an expansive list of Holocaust films and documentaries that are free to stream at home.  A password will need to be requested, but all films are free to the public through the Holocaust Memorial’s Video Streaming Collection.









Maria Theresa Barbist

Monday, June 1, at 5:30 PM

Maria Theresa Barbist (b. 1979, Schwaz, Austria; lives in Miami) translates traumatic memories and emotional states into performative actions, moving pictures and sculptural objects. She holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Innsbruck and received her MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work was exhibited at Kunstpavillion and Neue Galerie in Innsbruck, Austria, the Northern California Performance Platform, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, the Wiregrass Museum, the Miami Short Film Festival and the 2018 South Florida Biennial. As part of the BABA Collective she is collecting oral histories of South Florida based artists and creatives and received a community grant from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs for their exhibition series.

To learn more about Maria Theresa Barbist, click here

For Zoom Link, click here

Zoom ID#977 5330 9887 / PW# 170772


Pip Brant

Monday, June 8, at 5:30 PM

Pip Brant is an Associate Professor at Florida International University. She has degrees from the University of Montana (BFA) and the University of Wyoming. (MFA). Brant grew up on the western Plains Indian reservations (Sioux, Cheyenne, Assiniboine) where the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Public Health employed her family. She has taught, herded goats and produced art in Montana, Wyoming, London, England, and Missouri and in 1999 moved to Florida to take a studio teaching position at Florida International University. She has exhibited in Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, and London as well as nationally, including venues in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, as well as the western states. Recently she has been exhibiting in the Basel Art Fair affiliated Ping Pong exhibitions that feature artists from Switzerland /LA/Miami.

In 1992 she was awarded the Wyoming Visual Arts Fellowship. In 1993 her work in the collaborative art group, Kunstwaffen was awarded a New Forms Consortium Grant for Cattle/Text Interaction. Brant currently is an associate professor at FIU, teaching painting and fibers. In 2003 she won the South Florida Cultural Consortium for Visual and Media arts. Brant’s work embraces the use of the absurd and humor and cites the plays and philosophy of Bertold Brecht as a major influence.

Pip Brant’s work shares Brecht’s alienating Epische Theater addressing existing cultural issues and query. In the Three Penny Opera, Mackie Messer, is released from the hangman’s noose and given a huge reward. This doesn’t seem right, but events like this happen every day. Brant uses whatever materials can best address absurd developments or situations with an element of interruption. This includes live animals, bad music, fibers, installation and painting.

Zoom ID# 973 644 79434 / PW# 815538


Michelle Lisa Polissaint

Monday, June 15, at 5:30 PM

Michelle Lisa Polissaint is a visual artist & arts organizer based in Miami, Florida. As an artist she explores the nature of human interaction through textiles and photographs. Her organizing practice is focused on the intersections between art, community and activism. She produces community-based activations and encourages artists and community members to form collaborative relationships. She is a resident artist at Bakehouse Art Complex and is represented by Spinello Projects.

She is currently working on two series concurrently. If Home Was Home is a body of work documenting trips and interactions with her parents and family in Vieux-Bourg-d’Aquin, Haiti. If Home Was Home was born in the wake of previous series of self-portraits, Dancing with Myself, which explored her relationship with herself away from the guidance of her parents. The Ballad of Me & You is an ongoing visual conversation through mixed media textile works using her own images and stories as a base. These pieces are a meditation on her failures and successes in romantic relationships, searching for light and joy in the reality of broken relationships and successful partnerships.

A Zoom link will be provided before the event.



Friday Night Spotlights

Beginning Friday, May 29, 2020

Miami City Ballet (MCB) will bring the ballet straight into your home and heart with a new series – Friday Night Spotlights – beginning Friday, May 29 at 8pm with MCB’s stunning new production of George Balanchine’s and Jerome Robbins’ FirebirdAll performances will air via the company’s Facebook page.

“… a visual splendor. This production was the most successful and impressive re-design of an old ballet I have seen.” – Palm Beach Daily News

MCB presented the company premiere of George Balanchine’s and Jerome Robbins’ Firebird this past February to the delight of capacity filled theaters. The iconic Russian fairytale set to Stravinsky’s spellbinding score had never been seen outside New York City since its premiere in 1949. MCB triumphantly brought the folkloric ballet to life in a display of visually arresting monsters, knights and princesses, and of course the magnificent, otherworldly Firebird.

Photo credit: 436: Nathalia Arja and Chase Swatosh in Firebird. Choreography by Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine. Photo © Alexander Iziliaev.


Sunday Family Fundays with Herman Payne

Starting Sunday, May 31 at 1pm

Keep dancing with your Miami City Ballet family and join our new online classes taught by the amazing Herman Payne, famed dancer and MCB School faculty member. 

These super fun, family-oriented classes are for dancers of all ages and abilities. Each Sunday class will start at 1:00pm EST on MCB’s Facebook page and run for approx 30-40 minutes. Click here to get a reminder on Facebook.

Sunday, May 31 at 1pm: HIP HOP
Move and groove in a class that celebrates the sights and sounds that make Miami the vibrant, colorful, and wonderfully diverse city of magic.

Sunday, June 7 at 1pm: JAZZ/FOSSE
Get ready for some fun, some laughs and a good time in this jazz class inspired by legendary choreographer Bob Fosse. As Fosse famously said, “Dance expresses joy better than anything else.”

Sunday, June 14 at 1pm: BALLET
This class puts the “all” in ballet. We encourage all to join in on this family-friendly ballet class. People sometimes think ballet is intimidating. This class will put that myth to rest.




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".

You can also visit the MDPL Archive for a closer look at their collection of documents, photographs, and collectables.







The Miami Jewish Film Festival presents a special curated online series of short films that you can enjoy directly from your home. As part of this FREE series, a new short film showcase will be unveiled every week celebrating some of the most dazzling international tales featuring comedy, sci-fi, animation, documentary, and stories from the city we call home.

Start Watching Now



MasterMiND Master Class & Workshop Series
Get the most out of your time at home! Miami New Drama is continually finding new ways to expand their educational programming. They launched a NEW and FREE program: MasterMiND Master Class Series. Register for free digital sessions being offered by their expansive network of award-winning artists!






Every Tuesday at 3 p.m., NWS alumnus, principal trumpet for the Columbus Symphony, Mark Grisez holds a live Instagram conversation about making music, inner growth, and what it means to be a musician in these times. This Tuesday, April 13 he will be chatting with Phoenix Symphony principal clarinet and NWS alumnus, Alex Laing. Tune in here.

Every Thursday, a new episode of Archive+ will be available here.  Archive+ features an archived NWS performance with new video commentary from MTT and special guests.

Currently Available:
MTT discusses Hector Berlioz’ Romeo and Juliet with NWS alumni Philip Payton (NYC Freelance Artist, NWS Fellow 1998-02), and current NWS Fellows Stephanie Block (viola) and Arno Tri Pramudia (trombone).

MTT discusses Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird with NWS alumni Eugene Izotov (Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Symphony, NWS Fellow 1994), Adèle-Marie Buis (National Association of Schools of Music and Freelance Musician, NWS Oboe Fellow 2015-18) and Brenton Foster (Freelance Musician, NWS Bassoon Fellow 2015-18).

MTT discusses Robert Schumann’s Third Symphony with NWS visiting faculty member Sarah Willis of the Berlin Philharmonic and Horn Fellows Roy Femenella and Corbin Castro.

Thus Thursday’s (April 16) Archive+ will feature a performance from the New World Symphony’s Cage Festival.

Each Friday at 7 p.m., the fellows of the New World Symphony present a chamber concert on Facebook Live. NWS Fellows will play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach. This weekly series is broadcast via Facebook Live and previous episodes are available to stream on-demand..




Since its inception in 2015, Nu Deco Ensemble has exploded onto Miami’s eclectic musical scene captivating audiences, holistically engaging with its community and fusing innovative, genre-bending orchestral performances and collaborations with the highest levels of musical artistry. Nu Deco is reimagining a fresh vision of what an orchestra can achieve in the 21st century.

Nu Deco Ensemble has put together a dynamic virtual archive to keep audiences engaged!  Make sure to check out their Facebook for an ongoing Facebook Live series!



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!

Now Playing: The Booksellers (2020)

Now Playing: The Times of Bill Cunningham (2020)

Now Playing: Other Music (2020)

Now Playing: Best of CatVideoFest (2020)

Now Playing: The Dog Doc (2020)

Now Playing: The Infiltrators(2020)

Now Playing: Deerskin (2020)

Now Playing: Spaceship Earth (2020)

Now Playing: Pahokee (2020)

Now Playing: Capital (2020)

Opening May 22: Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy (2020)

Opening July 3: John Lewis: Good Trouble



O, Miami builds community through literature. They produce a poetry festival, a publishing imprint, an educational program, a podcast, and other initiatives that expand access to literature in Miami and re-think the role of the literary arts in society. O, Miami features a variety of ongoing, virtual programming:

Poetry Telephone
Presented in partnership between O, Miami and The Wolfsonian–FIU
Poetry Telephone is an open call for poetry in partnership between O, Miami and The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. The Wolfsonian library collection contains many volumes of poetry, some of them beautifully illustrated or connected to art objects in the museum. Listen as Wolfsonian founder Micky Wolfson reads excerpts from his favorite poems, view artwork that illustrates those texts, and then create your own poems inspired by the same artwork! When you’re ready, share your poem here to complete this game of Poetry Telephone.

O,Live Garden: Poems & Recipe pairings
“O, Live Garden” is a place where poems and recipes come together at one shared table. Each pairing was prepared by a professional poet. Their skills in the kitchen have not been verified. As we like to say, “If you’re here, you’re famished.”




Oolite Arts is offering virtual programming to the community to help everyone better understand, and create, contemporary art. Oolite Arts is constantly adding new programming, art classes, and Connect sessions.  Check out Oolite Arts Event Calendar to stay up to date on all of their offerings!

Connect: Morel Doucet and Jenna Balfe in conversation
May 20, 2020, 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm

RSVP-Zoom instructions provided upon registration
“Connect” is a conversation series that invites two winners of The Ellies to talk about their projects. Join Jenna Balfe and Morel Doucet for a conversation on how their projects broadly address issues of climate change.

Abstract Painting Workshop: 2 Days

May 21 & 28, 2020, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm (morning)

May 26 & June 2, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (evening)

Abstract painting is a way to express and discover your inner self. This course is designed for beginners and advanced students who want to explore painting with acrylic and/or oil paint to create abstract works of art. Students will learn a series of exercises and technical skills to develop spontaneity and expressiveness to capture composition, form, light, volume, and movement on the canvas.

Multi-Color Block Printing

May 28 & June 4, 2020,
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Students with a base knowledge of Relief Printmaking are encouraged to join this class. We’ll be using readily available equipment as well as a few household items in order to create carved blocks for relief printmaking artworks.

Talks: Rita Gonzalez

May 27, 2020,
7:00 pm – 8:00pm

Join Locust Projects and Oolite Arts virtually for an online conversation with curator Rita Gonzalez.

This lecture will be streamed via Facebook live on both Locust Projects and Oolite Arts pages.





May 21:

GLOWshorts, our NEW Virtual Shorts Program presented by OUTshine Film Festival, premiers as part of our GLOW Monthly Screening Series held the Third Thursday of Every Month leading up to the Miami and Fort Lauderdale Editions of the Film Festival in October.

For May, what do Mrs. Doubtfire, an LGBT political candidate, and a hurricane all have in common? It almost must be Summertime in South Florida as we premier GLOWshorts! Join us early for some Happy Hour drinks, music, and LGBTQ+ Film Trivia before we login to our Virtual Theater to watch a selection of short films for our GLOWshorts Virtual Program at 7:45pm viewed through our screening link!

After seeing our selection of short films, join us at 9:00pm for our GLOWQ&A with the filmmakers to ask your questions & get those answers that you may want to know more about. Stick around after the shorts program to chat with other film buffs and to mingle with your fellow filmgoers.

This is a Free Virtual Event! If you would like to support OUTshine Film Festival with a Donation "Ticket", please visit our website at and support your LGBTQ+ Festival Today!


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.

Jay Thomas Live Concert

The Rhythm Foundation has also broadcasted 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 to catch it on demand!

May 21, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Rhythm Foundation will be hosting another concert live stream with Folk Americana artist Matthew Sabatella! With vocals, guitar, banjo, and mountain dulcimer, he connects people with music that is woven into the fabric of the US. He will be digging deep into his repertoire of folk, bluegrass, old-time country, fiddle tunes, Appalachian music, ragtime, blues, spirituals, railroad and cowboy songs, work songs, sea shanties, Old World ballads, and more. Be sure to check out their Facebook page to catch it live or on demand!



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. The digital catalog provides access to  95,000 collection records and almost 130,000 images from the combined Objects Collection and Rare Books Library.

"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.



Dance NOW! Miami

Dance NOW! Miami has been working hard to keep you inspired, educated, and entertaine during the Coronavirus Crisis.

The essential workers on the frontline of this COVID-19 pandemic – in healthcare, in the postal service, in the supermarket, and all those keeping our countries running while so many of us are sheltering at home – are the heroes of today.

We at Dance NOW! Miami are sharing this video with you of Isadora Duncan’s powerful “Varshiavianka,” recorded at one of our rehearsals, as a tribute to all who fight. While the piece was originally inspired by the Russian Revolution of 1917, and choreographed by Duncan as a call for the impoverished Bolshevik workers to rise up against oppression, it is incredibly timely as the world is now: “at war” against the oppressive threat of a deadly virus.