Cultural Calendar information May 13-21


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

“You Lookin’ At Me?’ By Nancy Smyth

Thank you to the artists who have submitted their work, created during social distancing, for our viewing pleasure. We invite you to see the artists submissions 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.


Ballet Vero Beach 2020-2021 Season

The season begins when Riverside Theatre, in partnership with konverjdans, culminates the ninth annual Riverside Dance Festival. The Riverside Dance Festival arrives at Riverside Theatre on July 31 and August 1, 2020.

  • The spectacular Nutcracker on the Indian River returns to the VBHS Performing Arts Center for a 4th season December 30 and 31, 2020.
  • Program 1: “Ballet: Bold and Beautiful” on January 15 and 16, 2021
  • Program 2: “Composer’s Notebook: The Music of Antonio Vivaldi”, will take the stage at the VBHS Performing Arts Center February 26 and 27, 2021
  • Program 3: “Chamber Music: Sweeping Dance”, brings the 2020-2021 season to a dramatic close on April 16 and 17, 2021.
  • Additionally, the 2020-2021 Season features the debut of an Accessible Series and a Family Friendly Series.

For more information about the new season please visit or call 772-905-2651.


Environmental Learning Center

Campus Now Open

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the ELC is following the recommendations of Florida’s Phase 1 outline, the CDC and our local Health Department.

The outdoor campus opened on May 4.

Visitors are recommended to wear a mask and practice social distancing while on campus. Admission to the ELC will be free! Donations are greatly appreciated!

ELC Virtual Map:

Online Events

Space Coast Symphony brings great music to our community. There is no substitute for a live orchestral performance, but while concerts and community activities are on hold, you can still find ways to enjoy and support your Symphony.

Even though we can’t be with you at the concert hall right now, enjoy videos from our incredible musicians in how they’re keeping the music alive at home. We encourage you to TIP the musician (will go directly to the musicians).

WATCH: Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s Aaron Collins Announces Incredible Lineup for 12th Season


Vero Beach Art Clubs New Virtual Exhibit

Current Sale & Exhibit through 5/31/2020

We all look forward to when we will be able to offer our normal array of shows, exhibits, workshops and classes. Until then, please enjoy browsing our virtual art gallery and perhaps purchasing an awesome artwork created by one of our members. All artwork is for sale and members are donating 20% of all purchases to help Vero Beach Art Club during this uncertain time. Please be sure to check back each month for new artwork.

Attention Artists to participate in the exhibit visit:

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.

  • Mondays Anke’s Art Moment

Weekly short videos highlighting works in our collection or exhibitions hosted by VBMA Senior Curator, Anke Van Wagenberg.

  • VBMA Tuesdays Flick Pick

To educate and entertain, Film Studies coordinator Diane Thelen recommends a new film each Tuesday on an artist or time period related to the VBMA’s permanent collections.

  • Museum Stories

To keep active young minds engaged, we present a creative lesson plan with suggestions of books, music, and art-making for babies and toddlers.

  • Art Tutorials

A short weekly art-making tutorial with Museum Art School faculty.

Museum Fun

A fun collection of Museum related photos, moments, social media and more. Visit:

 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

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

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.


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


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 1 Vero Beach, FL 32960

Credit card donations can be made by calling Foundation Treasurer Bob McCabe at 248-421-7301. Your donations are being matched by Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach.



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