Art & Culture In Miami Beach

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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

With its striking Art Deco architecture, landmark museums and institutions boasting everything from graceful ballet to renowned musicians, Miami Beach is centered around art and culture. Art lovers can find cultural happenings throughout year, and many of them are free.

Miami Beach Culture Crawl

To sample the best of local arts and culture in Miami Beach, mark your calendar for the monthly Miami Beach Culture Crawl. The free event presented by the City of Miami Beach takes place on the third Thursday of the month, from 6 to 9 p.m., between October and May. Each month brings new and different programming. Most of the area’s cultural gems, from museums to art galleries, open their doors to the public for extended hours. Expect everything from concerts and new art exhibitions to films, art talks and workshops. Choose what you want to see and do, and then hop on and off one of the free white trolleys at different points of interest.

Miami Beach OnStage!

Another chance to soak up the area’s outstanding culture is through Miami Beach OnStage! The City of Miami Beach hosts free outdoor performances and visual art exhibitions in local parks, such as oceanfront Lummus Park, which offer the perfect setting for al fresco events. Each month is packed with various events consisting of live music, dance and theater, classic movies under the stars, and site-specific art installations at nine parks and locations throughout the city. There’s always an artistic offering for every age and taste.

Bring some blankets & popcorn to the Soundscape Cinema Series

Free Films at the New World Center

There’s more than music on tap at the New World Center concert hall. As part of the Soundscape Cinema Series, films are projected on the soaring 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall every Wednesday at 8 p.m. from October through May. The 2021/2022 series is curated by the American Black Film Festival. Bring a picnic, a blanket and lawn chairs to relax on the cushy lawn, and watch a free flick just blocks from the beach.

Miami City Ballet
Enjoy the beauty of Miami City Ballet's performances

Ballet in Miami Beach

Dance devotees will be mesmerized by the graceful dancers of the Miami City Ballet. Guests can watch the trained dancers practice their moves in the sunlit studios at the Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca Center in Miami Beach twice a year in the Open Barre series, as well as take in annual performances in the spring.

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Visit Miami Beach's museums that showcase a wide range of art, like the Wolfsonian–FIU

Miami Beach Museums

Art afficionados can spend a day or two wandering Miami Beach’s diverse museums. Start your day at The Bass, where you’ll view ever-changing exhibitions of international contemporary art. Move outside to take in the museum’s public art exhibition, “Art Outside,” an interactive collection of contemporary sculptures and murals found in Collins Park and throughout Miami Beach.

Carve out time for The Wolfsonian-FIU, a unique museum, library and research center located in South Beach’s historic Art Deco District. Step inside the grand 1927 Mediterranean Revival building to discover more than 200,000 eclectic objects you won’t see anywhere else. The museum is packed with artifacts that transformed the world from 1850 to 1950, including everything from industrial-design objects to rare books, paintings and household objects.

In the nearby South of Fifth neighborhood, discover another only-in-Miami Beach gem: the Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU. Look for the bright yellow historic buildings, which were once synagogues for Miami Beach's first Jewish congregation. Once inside, you’ll be immersed in the rich history of Florida’s Jewish community, with an evolving collection of more than 100,000 items as well new exhibitions.

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Don't miss Tobias Rehberger's lighthouse sculpture at South Pointe Park

Public Art in Miami Beach

You’ll also discover meaningful art in unexpected places in Miami Beach. While waterfront South Pointe Park is a dreamy spot with a pier, plenty of shaded green spaces and a splash park for kids, it’s also dotted with public art. Look for the colorful 55-foot lighthouse sculpture by German artist Tobias Rehberger, as well his whimsical “speech bubble” that dangles above the South Pointe Pier gate.

At the recently transformed Miami Beach Convention Center, you’ll see bright porcelain tiles by artist Sarah Morris, entitled “Morris Lapidus,” on the northeast corner exterior walls. Stroll through the interior to find more interesting pieces of art, such as Joseph Kosuth’s “Located World,” which uses lettering to showcase global locations.

sculpture at gallery during Art Basel Miami Beach
Join thousands of art lovers at Art Basel Miami Beach

Miami Art Week Events in Miami Beach

If you want to see the world’s best art while mingling with other global art lovers, plan your trip around Miami Art Week, which kicks off annually at the end of November and runs through the first week of December. There’s always a flurry of art activities and satellite art fairs sprinkled throughout Miami Beach, including the crème de la crème of the international art fairs, Art Basel Miami Beach.

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