Cultural Council information June 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

Cliffs of Etretat by Joel R. Johnson

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:

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

River Hammock by James F. Hutchinson

Environmental Learning Center Campus Reopened

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the ELC is following the recommendations of the CDC and our local Health Department.  To learn more visit :

ELC Virtual Map:

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:

Riverside Theatre’s Live in the Loop Outdoor Grill and Bar reopened 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. To view the upcoming events visit:

Tickets to Live in the Loop are still FREE, but must be obtained on website: www. There is a limit of 4 tickets per household. For more information on Riverside Theatre, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or visit:



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:


The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra performs FREE fresh air concerts. All of the summer concerts in the Treasure Coast Strong Series will be held in beautiful outdoor  settings. Attendees will bring their own seating. Treasure Coast Strong Summer Series performing Sundays at: Riverside Park Grand Pavilion, Vero Beach. Visit : or contact:

This red, white and blue concert will honor all those who have worn our nation’s uniform as well as our Space Coast defense workers. Jaunty marches, anthems and American-inspired themes.

A salute to health care workers and first responders with a concert of Broadway’s best.

An entertaining concert of Broadway hits like you’ve never heard offered in celebration of the essential workers in restaurants, groceries, pharmacies and hotels who stayed on the job.

To show appreciation to all the teachers who inspire and develop our youth, the orchestra presents a concert filled with 11 seasons of most-requested music.

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.


The VBMA 2020 Summer Art Camp goes Virtual! VBMA summer virtual art camp beginning June 8 to July 17. The Museum offers six one-week virtual sessions with over 45 classes taught by professional artists and area art educators offering an environment for budding artists of all levels to explore new ideas, develop skills, and build self-esteem through art. Creatively themed weekly sessions around a wide range of hands-on and minds-on activities that engage the imagination and spark kids to make their original creations. Registration is now open. Registration forms and class brochures are available on the Museum’s website Scholarships are available. For more information, call Museum Art School Manager Kathie Elias at 772-231-0707 ext 104 or email

Box Office Bottles

Pairing Fine Films & Fine Wines

We need films now more than ever. To escape. To be entertained. VBWFF is upping your stay at home movie game with cinema favorites from their VBWFF filmmakers!

Writers & Writing – with Xaque Gruber
Pandemics & Plagues – with Sean Cisterna
Strong Stories for Tough Times – with Barry Shapiro
Docs You Can Dance to – with Gaspar Gonzalez
Films to Bring Magic into Your Life – with Camy De Mario

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

Ballet Vero Beach presents: A Summer To Celebrate!


  • 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

EXHIBIT & SALE EXTENDED to June 30th, 2020

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.




Aerial & Sports Aquatics Camps Begin July 6th. Camp Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. All parents/guardians are to print the Summer Camp 2020 forms located at WWW.COVB.ORG. Click RECREATION / click CAMPS. Complete forms and bring to registration at Leisure Square. CDC Guidelines will be followed.

Due to COVID-19, Camp weeks & hours have been shortened. Further Question, please call Leisure Square: 770-6501 OR 770-3775.

The Rotary Club of Vero Beach Sunrise presented 120 new American flags to the Vero Beach City Council on June 2nd. These flags will replace the existing flags that have become old and worn. The City of Vero Beach proudly flies the flags on the Alma Lee Loy and Barber Bridges during the appropriate holidays. Funds generated by the club’s annual Florida Craft Brew and Wingfest were used to purchase the flags.

For more information about Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach visit: or call president Robin Pelensky at 772-913-4148

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