The 10 Local Arts Organizations You Should Know

July 31, 2017Prism Prism

As colossal as the Adrienne Arsht Center is for the community in Miami, it’s inspiring to see it act as a platform for other local arts organizations in the city, even when it doesn’t need to be. On Saturday, September 9th, they’ll be opening up their entire campus for ArtsLaunch, a full day of creative immersion for the whole family. Aside from things like live music after parties and a food truck biergarten, you’ll be able to walk the second largest theatrical stage in the country, perusing stalls of creative organizations in their Community Arts Village! Check out our picks for can’t-miss connections:

Artist in Residence in Everglades

AIRIE’s purpose is to inform, connect, and support artists, writers and musicians who wish to be ambassadors for the Everglades by providing month-long residencies in the Park. Since 2001, with the full cooperation of Everglades National Park, AIRIE has hosted more than 100 artists, writers, choreographers and musicians as artists-in-residence in the Everglades.

Coral Gables Art Cinema

The Coral Gables Art Cinema opened in October of 2010 and was votes “Best Art House Cinema” by Miami New Times. It’s also is one of the highest grossing art houses in South Florida, presenting first-run and regional premieres of quality American independent and international features, both fiction and documentary, in addition to classic films, special programs and film festival events, which speak to the multilingual and multicultural diversity of the region.


IlluminArts is Miami’s Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music series, collaborating with Museums and Galleries to present programs of music that are inspired by the current exhibitions of visual art. Their mission is to present performances of the highest caliber to Miami’s vibrant community and have performed at landmark spots like the PAMM, the Lowe Art Museum, Young Arts and more.

Jerry Herman Ring Theater

The 2015-2016 season marks the 77th year that the Ring Theatre has been offering enthralling theatre to the city of Coral Gables and the greater Miami area via the University of Miami’s historic theatre company and the producing arm of the Department of Theatre Arts. Created in 1946, the Ring has performed at three different sites — including a circus tent and a round building used to train Allied navigators during WW II. This upcoming season will feature favorites like “Romeo & Juliet”.

Learn 01

01 is an education lab that fosters agency and creative confidence in students by empowering them to shape their worlds through technology. At 01, we have created an environment that challenges their students to think for themselves and take ownership over their learning. Their passion for technology and hands-on learning are at the core of their pedagogy and values.

Locust Projects

Locust Projects is a not for profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work. Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public.

Miami Light Project

Founded in 1989, Miami Light Project is a not-for-profit cultural organization which presents live performances by innovative dance, music and theater artists from around the world; supports the development of new work by South Florida-based artists; and offers educational programs for students of every age. Miami Light Project is a cultural forum to explore some of the issues that define contemporary society.

Miami New Drama

Miami New Drama (MIND) is a not-for-profit committed to theatrical excellence and theater-making as a means of social engagement, cultural conversation and human interaction. They present world-class work by American, Latin American, and international artists designed for Miami’s unique multicultural 21st century audience. Their programming includes an eclectic mix of original plays, musicals, classics and world premieres – featuring work commissioned specifically for Miami New Drama.

O, Miami Poetry

O, Miami builds community through literature. They produce a poetry festival, a publishing imprint, a poets-in-schools residency, and other programs that democratize access to literature and re-think the role of the literary arts in American society. Their largest event is our annual poetry festival, also named “O, Miami.” The mission of the festival is for every single person in Miami-Dade County to encounter a poem during the month of April.

The Bass Museum

The Bass is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Focusing on exhibitions of international contemporary art, it presents mid-career and established artists reflecting the spirit and international character of Miami Beach. The Bass seeks to expand the interpretation of contemporary art by incorporating disciplines of contemporary culture, such as design, fashion and architecture, into the exhibition program. After being closed for renovation, the beloved museum re-opens this October 8th!