Cultural Council Happenings May 22-31


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

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.

Sunset at Mount St Michel


A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery

Opened to the public beginning, May 16, 2020, will resume regular hours at 25% of its building occupancy, and continue to follow the safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control during the COVID-19 public health crisis. For more information:


Environmental Learning Center Campus Reopened May 4

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. ELC Virtual Map:

RIVERSIDE THEATRE’S LIVE IN THE LOOP Outdoor Grill and Bar will reopen the weekend of May 29th and May 30th offering two dining experiences: outdoor dining with live music and indoor dining with comedy. CDC and State guidelines on reopening casual dining will be followed for outdoor dining in The Loop and indoor dining in the Waxlax.

Seating at Live in the Loop complies with social distancing rules by limiting seating at tables 6 feet apart. While Live in the Loop performances have always been free and open to the public, every Live in the Loop attendee must have a ticket to enter the area. Tickets to Live in the Loop are still FREE, but must be obtained on our website – There is a limit of 4 tickets per household. There is a charge for food and drink, but purchases from the Outdoor Grill and Bar are not required.

Scheduled bands for reopening weekend:

Friday, May 29 – Radio Days

Saturday, May 30 – Second Wind

Seating in the Waxlax will be in compliance with Phase One dining regulations with seating limited to 25% capacity and spaced out at a minimum of 6 feet apart. Scheduled comedians for reopening weekend are Al Ernst and Casey Peruski.

Dining in The Loop with music and dining in the Waxlax with comedy will continue all summer. Capacity percentages will change when restrictions are eased. For more information on Riverside Theatre, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at

Indian River Clay has resumed restricted studio hours for members and open by appointment for the general public. Take advantage of its summer membership special from May through September. Learn more at:



The Vero Beach Theatre Guild, the longest running community theatre on the Treasure Coast, plans to raise the curtain once again January 8, 2021 with the legendary musical Jesus Christ Superstar, weekends from January 8 through the 24. The romantic comedy Almost, Maine plays its full schedule of Tuesdays through Sundays from February 10 through 21 as will the comedy A Shot in the Dark, March 10 through 21. The Broadway musical Sister Act will be given a three week run April 7 through 21 and the season will close May 12 through 23 with the comedy Moonlight & Magnolias. The Guild’s annual Genie Awards for the 19-20 season will held in conjunction with the 20-21 awards in May of 2021.

Three other comedies originally planned for the 2019-20 Main Stage Season; Over the TavernCalendar Girls and See How They Run have been added to the 2021-22 Season.

Anyone holding pre-purchased tickets to any productions at the Guild will be honored for any production of the holders’ choice from now through the end of the 2021-2022 Season. The box office is currently closed until October, but further information or any questions patrons may have will be answered as quickly as possible by email the Guild at:

Ballet Vero Beach presents:  A Summer To Celebrate!

Full Online Content


  • May 11: Museum Pieces by Camilo A. Rodriguez and Adam Schnell
  • May 25: Pas de Cinq Russe by Adam Schnell
  • June 8: Pourquoi by Camilo A. Rodriguez
  • June 22: Debussy Suite by Samuel Kurkjian
  • July 6: Go For Barocco by Peter Anastos
  • July 20: Divertissement Nostalgique by Camilo A. Rodriguez

All premieres take place at noon (East Coast) on our YouTube Channel. Each work will remain viewable until the next work premieres.
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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.


Box Office Bottles – Episode 2

Not ready to go out? Stay in. . .with friends and toast great films! The Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival has tapped its filmmaker posse to provide binge watching suggestions.Vino pairings courtesy of VBWFF Wine Director Bob Stanley.

Salut! Featuring VBWFF 2020 Filmmaker Sean Cisterna, Director of “From the Vine” starring Emmy winner Joe Pantoliano. VBWFF 2020 Official Selection shares his list of Personal Motion Picture Picks for Pandemics and Plagues.

“Cinema Paradiso” 

Suggested Pairings: Grillo/Hyperion Winery; Nero D’Avolo/Hyperion Winery

“Barton Fink”

Suggested Pairing: Napa Valley Red Blend/Conundrum

Sean Cisterna, Kiss and Cry

“Kiss and Cry” 

Suggested Pairing: Summer in a Bottle/Wölffer Estate Vineyard

Learn more and download your virtual film screening and wine tasting mat at



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).

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.


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:

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

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

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.


Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach is helping the Treasure Coast Food Bank with the Covid-19 Relief Program. On May 4th, Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach was able to take the first check to Treasure Coast Food Bank in Ft Pierce. All donations go thru the Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach Foundation. You Can Help!  Your donations are being matched by Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach. where you can use paypal, write a check to Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach Foundation COVID19 Relief Fund or take to Marine Bank on US 1. Mail to Foundation Treasurer, Bob McCabe, at 4049 Ocean Dr. #405, Vero Beach 32963.

Artists Online OPPORTUNITY: 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

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