Miami-Dade puts 60 free arts sites on display via web
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Culture Shock Miami has launched a virtual listing of online arts programming called “Online Experiences.”
As cultural organizations are finding innovative ways to share content and services on their websites, Online Experiences, which initially launched March 23, is making it easier for audiences to access Miami-Dade County’s art services by creating a one-stop webpage list of available resources, free of charge.
“We had to put our heads together and quickly create a program during this time of social distancing,” said Christina Tassy-Beauvoir, Culture Shock Miami’s program manager, on Monday. “We began looking for art institutions and launched with 30 online sites last week and have already doubled the available information.”
On the Online Experiences webpage section, audiences will get access not only to local South Florida art communities, but also institutions from across the country, including New York City’s Alvin Alley American Dance Theater and the Metropolitan Opera House, Ms. Tassy-Beauvoir said.
“Our mission is always to engage teens and young adults, but we don’t want to turn anyone away. We always have a free event section open for everyone and Online Experiences is a way to enhance our free activities,” she said. “Everyone can take advantage of this online service, which is providing positive cultural experiences while social distancing.”
Ms. Tassy-Beauvoir said the department has received a tremendously positive response on how college and high school students are benefiting from these programs and meeting art assignment requirements for their online courses. “We are helping local and statewide students stay engaged with the arts and making it a part of their curriculum.”
Audiences can get access to local artists like Rhea Leonard, who will discuss her art pieces April 30 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami during “Local Views at PAMM.” The tour program gives an opportunity for conversation centered on Ms. Leonard’s creative process.
“I’ve selected a few works from PAMM’s collection and some of my work and we are going to compare them during a Q&A discussion,” Ms. Leonard said. “It’s a nice way and refreshing change of pace to think about art safely at home.”
Another museum listed on Culture Shock Miami’s website is the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. The museum has launched an initiative called “MOCA from Home,” where visitors can engage and interact with virtual reality tour shows featuring art exhibitions currently on display.
“We are most excited about our visitors being able to read all about our exhibits with the curator’s information underlined,” said Chana Budgazad Sheldon, MOCA’s executive director.
Currently, the museum has art exhibits “Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen” and “Alice Rahon: Poetic Invocations” ready for online virtual tours. Other museum online art activities include Art at Home, access to the exhibition catalog for the 2019 South Florida Cultural Consortium, Fun Fridays and AFRICOBRA artist panel conversations, which are available for children and the public.
“What we are trying to do during this challenging time is to continue to bring contemporary art to a diverse audience, be flexible and adjust to their needs.” Ms. Budgazad Sheldon said.
With more and more arts and culture identities turning to online to serve their audiences, Ms. Tassy-Beauvoir said, organizations can submit their online events and services directly to Culture Shock Miami’s Online Experiences website free and get added to the growing list.
“We are just happy to be at the forefront of this movement,” she said.