Cultural Council update May 31-June 7


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.


A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery

Has resumed 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:

River Hammock by James F. Hutchinson

The special exhibition James F. Hutchinson: Visionary Truths has been extended indefinitely, courtesy of the artist. The Backus Museum is grateful to Mr. Hutchinson in allowing this extension, so that during our community’s recovery from the COVID-19 public health crisis, visitors will be able to delight in the magnificent work of this Florida Artists Hall of Fame master. The Museum is located at 500 North Indian River Drive in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce. James F. Hutchinson: Visionary Truths features more than 30 oil paintings that present the exquisite variety of scenes from Florida, Hawai’i, Jamaica, and the American West, as well as perceptive Seminole portraits and glimpses of a vanished way of life, all rendered with deep and genuine insight by a modern master. For more information, please visit

Environmental Learning Center Campus Reopened

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 Reopened and is 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.

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.

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 is 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:


“Coping with Chronic Depression and Anxiety” will be the topic of the June 8 virtual support group meeting of Friends After Diagnosis, which runs from 2 to 3:30 pm.  Clinical Psychologist Dr. Bob Brugnoli will be the guest speaker. Women with cancer and people with breast cancer, along with their caregivers and loved ones are welcome to join in by calling 772-770-9700 in advance of the virtual meeting. For other Friends meetings and events, visit

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

Pairing Fine Films & Fine Wines

Barry Shapiro

 Mr. Barry Shapiro is our hero! He watches hundreds of hours of independent film as the Co-Chair of the VBWFF Film Selections Committee.  A recognized artist and filmmaker, he awards grand prizes as a member of the VBWFF Film Jury. We thank him for helping to make the Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival, a top pick among filmmakers and audiences alike! Sip and savor VBWFF Wine Director Bob Stanley’s picture-perfect pairings for the week! Learn more and download your virtual film screening & wine tasting mat and see Mr. Shapiro’s Top Picks at:

Ballet Vero Beach presents: A Summer To Celebrate!

Full Online Content


  • 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.

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

Enjoy browsing the virtual art gallery and purchasing an awesome artwork created by one of the club’s members. All artwork is for sale and members are donating 20% of all purchases to help Vero Beach Art Club during this 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.






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