Local Virtual Community Events:
The James Museum from Home – Explore The James Museum collection online through art, movies, books, music, family activities and more. Each week the curated content is freshly considered and presented as a new way to experience the museum from home. Visit The James Museum from Home at jamesmuseum.org.
The Dalí Museum – The Dalí Museum offers free virtual tours that allow you to engage with the artwork of the renowned Salvador Dalí through its app and online exhibits. There are several self-guided tours on The Dalí Museum App along with many different exhibitions and collections, including Midnight in Paris, 1929, and Dreams of Dalí.
Florida Holocaust Museum – The Florida Holocaust Museum is providing virtual tours and events to help continue its public engagement of this significant historical event. These virtual events include Testimony Tuesday, Artifact Wednesday, and Lesson Thursday.
The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum – The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum continues to hold a number of special events virtually. These will include Coffee in Common: A Discussion of Race and Politics, The 1619 Brunch, and more! These events can be found on the museum’s website.
Tampa Museum of Art – The Tampa Museum of Art invites you to tune in to their weekly and daily series to learn new insights from artists, curators, and educators about the artwork at the museum. More information can be found on their website.
Lake Wales History Museum – While the Lake Wales History Museum is closed to the public, you can explore the museum and virtual learning from anywhere with online videos, historical online exhibits, virtual tours, and our historic walking tour. There is a wealth of academic lessons for educators and parents, as well. Visit us at www.lakewalesfl.gov/museum, and go to The Virtual Museum.
Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of the Coronavirus – The USF Institute for Research in Art in the College of The Arts has launched its first major virtual exhibition, Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of the Coronavirus. It humbly engages a select company of international artists to respond to the overwhelming realities of the crisis that has gripped the planet since March 5, the date the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The exhibition takes full advantage of one of the few outlets artists still have—the Internet. It aims to mobilize sentiment, thought, and activity around art and its enduring possibilities: its role as a conceptual catalyst, its ability to trigger ideas, stories, conversations, emotions, feelings, and mental states. Separately and together, each artist’s contribution provides a picture of a planet in crisis, but also images of hope and optimism in the face of a global emergency. The exhibition will continue to evolve with the addition of new artists and materials. Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus is supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
The Ringling Museum – You can visit The Ringling museum from the comfort of your home! The complex offers a few different opportunities for exploration and discovery with the State Art Museum of Florida, Circus Museum, Ca’ d’Zan mansion, and Bayfront Gardens. The Ringling Museum is currently open to visitors with some alterations to ensure the health and safety of both visitors and staff. For more information, visit The Ringling Museum’s website.
The Bishop Museum – You can visit The Bishop Museum remotely. You’ll find videos about the Museum, about their exhibitions, animals, and even the people who work there! The museum will be adding to this page as they develop new content to share. The museum is also open to the public, Wednesday-Sunday, with adjusted operating hours. Visit the museum’s website for more information.
Asolo Rep Theatre – The Asolo Rep Theatre offers multiple opportunities to engage with the organization remotely. These include online and on-air programs, including Musical Moments, Engage On Air, and Ground Floor Series: Making Musicals. For more information and content like this, visit the Asolo Rep Theatre’s website.
St. Petersburg Opera Company – The St. Petersburg Opera Company has a number of performances that are sure to entertain. The St. Petersburg Opera Company has free opera performance streams on its YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/StPetersburgOperaCompany. In May, the organization will begin posting its opera’s on Monday’s with a pre-show chat with Maestro Mark Sforzini on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stpeteopera. Also, the organization will hold its annual gala BELLA VOCE virtually this year. Information on the gala can be found here: www.stpeteopera.org/gala.
Creative Pinellas – Creative Pinellas has created a portal for virtual tours and performances on their Arts In page. This connects the community through local artists in Pinellas County. This consists of news, music, film, visual arts, and so much more! More information can be found at creativepinellas.org/artsin.
The American Stage – This American Stage commissioned work by Rachel Lynett features three pioneering women of color in politics – Charlotta Bass, Charlene Mitchell, and Patsy Mink – delivering wisdom, perspective, and wry humor as they address Kamala Harris, and the cultural significance and psychological weight of her Vice-Presidential nomination. Individual RECORDED ticket streams are available for $15 for performances beginning on Friday, Oct. 30, and through Nov. 8. A full list of performances can be found here. For more information, click here.
“Kate: The Unexamined Life of Katharine Hepburn;” Presented by American Stage – Unconventional, independent, and formidable, Katharine Hepburn was raised by her parents to speak out, sharpen her mind, and engage the world fully. In this digital theatre adaptation which humanizes the concept of celebrity, Janis Stevens plays the iconic American actress at the age of 92 on New Year’s Eve 1999. As Kate reflects on her life, her loves, and her Hollywood memories, she reveals uncharted emotional waters, exposing a side of Ms. Hepburn audiences have never seen. This event will run from Wednesday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 29. Click here for more information.
The Tampa Theatre – The Tampa Theatre is offering virtual cinematic experiences with a collection of new, first-run movies being released via streaming platforms by their film distribution partners. Purchase your virtual ticket on their website.
The Straz Center – The Straz Center invites you to join them on their virtual stage for a number of virtual experiences. Check The Straz Center’s website for more information.
Moving Current Dance Collective – Moving Current Dance Collective uses dances as a catalyst to help change and grow. Now, Moving Current Dance Collective is offering a VIRTUAL moving experience for all ages! More information can be found on their website here: http://movingcurrent.com/newgrounds/
4th Annual ArtJones Studio Tour – BEHIND NEIGHBORHOOD FENCES, down alleys, and inside garages, Gulfport artists are creating in the rough. The working artists of this Florida gulf coast community often show at galleries and art venues around the state and across the nation but are rarely known at home. Once a year artists open their shops and galleries to the public to share where inspiration takes seed and the blossoming of creativity is formed. See the fiber studios where yarn and wool are in spools on the wall, the painting studios where drawings are transformed into art, and the ceramic studios where the alchemy of clay and fire birth vessels and tiles. ArtJones welcomes art enthusiasts of all ages to See it, Feel it, Buy it during this 2-day FREE event. This event will be held on December 5th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on December 6th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more information on this event, visit ArtJones Studio Tours website or contact Elizabeth Neily at 727-744-7051.
Exposing Epstein’s Evils: An Evening with Julie K. Brown and Emily Michot – A virtual event with the Miami Herald reporters on reporting the Perversion of Justice series, which exposed the full extent of Jeffrey Epstein’s numerous crimes and cover-ups. The virtual event will take place on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at floridafaf.org. All proceeds support the First Amendment Foundation and its mission of open and transparent government.
Tampa Tour De Clay – This year, the 13th Annual Tampa Tour de Clay will be going both virtual and physical! They will have a free, self-guided Physical tour of 3 local pottery studios featuring 18 ceramic artists. This event takes place over 2 days starting Saturday, December 12, 9 AM – 5 PM to Sunday, December 13th, 11 AM – 4 PM. In addition to the opportunity to purchase pottery at the live event, there will be music, charity chance drawings, and demonstrations at the various locations. There will also be an online virtual tour featuring many of the artists represented at the studios and those that cannot physically be present.
The three physical locations this year are: Pottery Boys Studio, 30 Bogie Lane, Palm Harbor, FL 34683; Wellman & Welsch Pottery, 17202 Whirley Road, Lutz, FL 33558; and San Antonio Pottery, 11903 Curley Street, San Antonio, FL 33576.
Please visit their website at TampaTourdeClay.com for more information about the Virtual & Traditional Tour, artists and studios, maps, and sign up to our mailing list to get updates.
Shimmering Lights Winter Festival in Dover, FL – The 3rd annual Shimmering Lights Christmas light show opens on November 27 and runs select nights through December located at SunKissed Acres in Dover, FL. This is a self-guided walking trail through dancing lights to music, outdoor movies, crafts, and games! Santa will be on hand for pictures and wishes. It’s a short drive to the country to enjoy an evening on the farm with your friends and family. Tickets are $7 and are required 3 years and up. Children age 2 and under are not required to purchase a ticket. For more information, click here.
“Nosotros La Gente (We The People):” Presented by American Stage – As the country is on the verge of a World War, a pair of brothers toil planting date palms in the fertile soil of the California desert. Salvador dreams of owning land of his own, while Santiago dreams of seeing the world beyond the valley. When Santiago decides to enlist, Salvador vows to care for his brother’s love, Sophie. Heartbroken and alone, the two must find a way to care for the land, for themselves and for each other. This event will run from December 2 to December 20. For more information, click here.
USF College of The Arts – Two programs of excellence at the USF School of Music combine forces in a “not to be missed” live stream event! The USF Symphony Orchestra bookends this exciting concert with beloved works of Mahler and Dvorak. In tandem, musicians of the USF Chamber Music Program perform stunning works of Prokofiev, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Jacob TV, and G. Blake Harrison. This event will be held Friday, December 4, at 4:00 PM. To attend this event, click here.
The Florida Aquarium – Join The Florida Aquarium for daily Facebook Live content through its SEA-SPAN broadcasts. This allows audiences to watch the lovely sea creatures the aquarium has to offer while temporarily closed. The aquarium has also introduced the Virtual Discoveries in STEM, a resource filled with learning opportunities for you at home! This new resource is designed to provide parents and school kids with an abundance of educational resources in this time of closure, social distancing, and homeschooling.
Busch Gardens – Join Busch Gardens of Tampa Bay to view some of the amusement park’s favorite exhibits, rides, and animals. Busch Gardens posts multiple times a week on their Facebook page. You can watch your favorite animals being fed or take a virtual ride on one of the parks many rollercoasters!