How are you as we continue to stay safe at home ?

Our staff meets daily by video conference so we can remind ourselves that we are not alone and that we are still connected by our passion for the work we do in our community. The new skills we all are learning about virtual meetings will change how we gather in the future; however, nothing can replace (nor should replace) the magic of the live performance or arts experience.

And although we are in touch, the uncertainty about the future of our arts community is unnerving. How will things look on the other side?

I was quoted in today's Knowhere Treasure Coast Briefing about the uncertainly facing the arts and cultural sector and expressed that although seeing some of my favorite performers, museums and productions on my home computer screen was nice for now, it doesn't replace the magic that happens live. But until the time when we can safely gather together, we will continue sharing content and encouraging you, the audience, to get in front of your screens to watch, listen and enjoy...

Stay well. Stay healthy. And stay in touch.
The Arts Foundation for Martin County believes that a strong arts and cultural sector actively contributes to the economic vitality and is central to a strong quality of life of the community. The global pandemic, COVID-19, threatens the stability of our economy and our way of life.

In response to the crisis, the Arts Foundation created the MARTIN COUNTY ARTIST RELIEF FUND as a personal emergency relief fund to support Martin County creative professionals (artists in music, theatre, dance, literature, and the visual arts) whose creative work has been affected.

The response to this fund has been remarkable. Gifts already total more than $3,500 and we just started accepting gifts on Monday. Thank you .

Every gift to the Artist Relief Fund will impact an individual artist. Every gift is meaningful and makes a tremendous difference as a vote of encouragement to your neighbors who enrich this vibrant arts community you love! It's not too late to be a part of this growing support network for our local artists. Click HERE to make a gift!

Are you an artist impacted economically by the shutdown COVID-19 has required?
If so, consider applying for a grant from the Artist Relief Fund.
For more details including eligibility requirements and the application, click HERE .

SXSW has long been a champion of independent filmmakers, and premiering a short film at the festival is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for creators to share their vision with the world. When the City of Austin had to cancel this year’s festival, hundreds of filmmakers lost the opportunity for their work to be seen. Together, Mailchimp and Oscilloscope Laboratories have created a digital home for this incredible slate of SXSW 2020 Official Short Film Selections , so you can watch them from wherever you are.

Art Loft is an Emmy® award-winning 30-minute episode series, curating and showcasing the best of South Florida’s diverse art scene through thoughtful storytelling. The production profiles both established and up-and-coming artists, endowed art institutions, collectors of fine art, cultural collectives, and gives viewers a backstage look into events like Art Basel, the gold standard for the international arts scene.

The New York museum has launched a series of five free classes for those interested in better understanding the 91-year-old museum’s collection, covering contemporary art, fashion and photography. The courses aren’t just a glorified video clips, either. Instead, they’re comprehensive beginner courses with corresponding readings and exercises that will take anywhere from 12 to 38 hours to complete.

An online music festival benefitting Hospitality Helping Hands. H3 is a South Florida charity designed to feed our friends in the hospitality industry who are struggling to provide for themselves and their families while out of work due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The festival will feature local talent (bands & DJs) in South Florida as well as national acts performing via livestream at multiple venues across South Florida.

The Palm Beach museum may be closed, but you can still be inspired and engaged - find art activities, a link to Museum videos, and access to the mobile tour. Share the art you create using the hashtag #NortonFromHome!

Stuart Ceramics in Downtown Stuart has created To-Go Kits to keep you and your family happy at home - choose your pieces, choose your colors and get painting!

Open to all adults from near and far, t hese classes bring together adults of a variety of levels who wish to continue their ballet study. Classes are $10 each. Tickets may be purchased on their website.

Delray Beach based Arts Ga rage announced their new free virtual series, "From Our HeARTS to Your Homes," which includes live musical performances, arts education classes, poetry and comedy.

If you've ever wanted to step into the shoes of a Disney Imagineer, now's your chance.
Khan Academy and Pixar have teamed up with Walt Disney Imagineers to create 
Imagineering in a Box , a free online course that gives you a behind-the-scenes peek into theme park design.

Arguably two of the most influential and significant artists of the late 20th century, the exclusive exhibition has focused on the unique visual languages—the use of signs, symbols and words to convey strong social and political messages in unconventional ways—of the two artists while revealing, for the first time, the many intersections between their lives, practices and ideas.

The Martin County Library System offers free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks with your Martin County Library card. Ebooks are digital books that you can read or listen to on a computer or a portable device such as an iPad, smartphone, or a laptop. Your library card also unlocks access to dozens of online resources for free including, and Rosetta Stone!
Calling all Local and Treasure Coast artist or arts organizations!
Are you hosting virtual concerts, lessons, talks, etc? Please tell us about them. We're happy to co-host live stream videos with you and to share your positive news via this weekly email. Please send an email to Elise Raffa with a description and link!