Cultural Council recommendations for May 1-8


Have you creatively adapted how you connect with the public during these days of crisis?  Let us know what services or resources you are providing so we can assist in spreading the word.


Send info regarding your changes to so we can relay your news via our weekly Newsletter and/or our weekly Cultural Connection.

If you have listed events on our Arts and Cultural Calendar, please email us any edits, updates or corrections at

WE’RE HERE TO HELP as we all navigate through this new norm.


As the Administrator for several of the Art in Public Places program for the Cultural Council of IRC, I am excited that so many area artists are showing us your inspiration in a time of social distancing! Keep sending us your efforts: be they guided by an inner journey, by an external influence or by the simple desire to say “I’m here creating”. We want to know that you are out there, lighting up your world. And we want to share those inspirations with the Community. When we are able to hang new Art in Public Places shows, we will showcase work that has been created by you during this period. Thank you, from myself and the Cultural Council, for being an important part of the Creative Community.

-Mark Wygonik

Carnival by Barbara Landry

Thank you to the artists who have submitted their work, created during social distancing, for our viewing pleasure. We invite you to see this weeks artists work on our website. Visit: To submit artwork, send JPG or PDF images with your name and the title of the piece (optionally, include a short description) via email to info@ for our approval and posting.

Stay connected with the local Arts & Cultural industry

Vero Beach Museum of Art features Museum Extras designed and developed to provide the opportunity for our members, patrons, and visitors to stay connected with us during this time of disconnect. The page provides inspiring educational tours and insights into our exhibitions and permanent collection. Offering entertaining film content on an artist or period, art tutorials and engaging stories and art projects for tiny tots. Updated weekly, the VBMA encourages visitors to connect with us regularly online and explore these new resources.



As a service to the arts community, Arts Blast will incorporate a section with basic listings of online classes given by individual artists and musicians.

This section is for the duration of the coronavirus situation or until May 31 (whichever comes first).  Small graphic ads are available to individuals, galleries, and teaching organizations. Listings must be approved by Arts Blast. This is a trial run,  subject to change with little notice.

Information submitted must follow the form below.

  • Name:
  • Location:
  • Art form:
  • Link to register:
  • Cost:
  • Forms of payment (Paypal/check/credit card):
  • Student requirements:
  • Live or archived:
  • Times available:

Email your listing placement and questions to

Louise Kennedy of LRJF Announces Two New Covid-19 Writing Contests for IRC


Indian River County Poetry Competition, sponsored by The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation, will award one Grand Prize $500 and three runners up each $125 (must be 18 years or older). The due date for submissions is June 1, 2020. One submission per person allowed and poems are limited to 40 lines and should be inspired by our current Covid-19 reality. Winners will be notified by July 1, 2020. Details and submission forms are available at:

The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation sponsors The Youth Writing Competition, facilitated through teachers, will award three $25 gift cards to each elementary, middle and high school levels. Details will be provided to all school districts in our county as well as SES teachers. Students are encouraged to discuss with their teachers on how to enter submissions. More information is available at: Entries due June 1 and winners announced July 1, 2020.

Environmental Learning Center is in Need of GreenTeens

The ELC GreenTeen! program is flexible to fit our busy teens’ schedules from June 2020-March 2021. Applicants must be between the ages of 14-18 (completed 8th grade or higher at start of summer camps, June 3rd, 2020). We are also seeking 2-3 GreenTeen! Parent Leaders to assist with the program. Contact Sarah Christopherson at if you’re interested. Visit:

Community Outreach
Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach is helping the Treasure Coast Food Bank’s needs with the Covid-19 Relief Program. You Can Help! Check donations can be made to: COVID-19 Relief Program
C/O Marine Bank,1450 US 1Vero Beach, FL 32960. Credit card donations can be made by calling Foundation Treasure Bob McCabe at 248-421-7301. Your donations are being matched by Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach


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