Where to enjoy arts and culture in The Palm Beaches this winter

Explore what Palm Beach County has to offer this winter – like the "Earth Matters" exhibit at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium.

For those looking to get out of the house and experience a packed calendar of arts events, there’s no better place than here in Florida’s Cultural Capital®! Explore these six inspiring experiences hand-picked by the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County — the only organization solely dedicated to supporting arts and culture in The Palm Beaches.

Here are six highlights you won’t want to miss this winter. Visit each organization’s website for COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines.

“Earth Matters” at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium

4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach

Scitech and Imagine Exhibitions have come together to create an engaging and interactive exhibit for children and adults alike. “Earth Matters” takes guests on a journey through five immersive spaces that illustrate the importance of creating a sustainable future. Visitors will be tasked with using their problem-solving skills to tackle the problems confronting Earth’s most at-risk ecosystems, experiencing firsthand how one small action can make a big impact on the world around us.

“Earth Matters” is presented by the VoLo Foundation and will be on display at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium until May 8.

“Painting Enlightenment” at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach

Iwasaki Tsuneo’s work will be on display at Morikami Museum through March 27.

The mission of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is simple: Engage a diverse audience by presenting Japanese cultural experiences that educate and inspire. Now through March 27, visitors can experience “Painting Enlightenment: Experiencing Wisdom and Compassion through Art and Science,” a journey through the works of Japanese artist and scientist Iwasaki Tsuneo.

Tsuneo, who started his career as a research biologist, turned to art after retiring. He brought his unique style to “shyakyō,” a practice of copying sacred texts, reimagining the verses in new shapes like lightning bolts, DNA and atoms to emphasize the relationship between science and Buddhism.

The Society of the Four Arts

100 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach

Don’t miss out on the Society of the Four Arts’ lineup of exciting cultural events this season. With concerts, lectures, films and art exhibitions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, including:

  • Pacifica Quartet with Anthony McGill, Clarinet (Jan. 23) The internationally-recognized Pacifica Quartet is joined by clarinetist Anthony McGill for a show like no other. This program brings the joy of folk music to Palm Beach as well as the Florida premiere of the new “Quintet for Clarinet and Strings” by composer James Lee III.
  • “Buckingham Palace: Its Art And Interiors” (Jan. 27) Explore the iconic building with a lecture from former Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures Desmond Shawe-Taylor as he examines the history of — and misconceptions about — Buckingham Palace.
  • “In a New Light: American Impressionism 1870–1940” (Feb. 12 – April 16) Some of America’s greatest artists from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries will be on display at the Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery, including works from George Innes, Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson, and Daniel Garber, among others.

Browse the Four Arts’ events calendar to learn more about all their upcoming events.

First Friday Art Walk

Downtown Delray Beach

Take a tour through Delray Beach’s vibrant art scene with First Friday Art Walk.

Every first Friday of the month between January and May, take a tour through the vibrant art scene of downtown Delray Beach. First Friday Art Walk is a free self-guided event – show up and start any time between 6-9 p.m.! Galleries, studios and shops will be open to the public these nights, so don’t miss out on all that this award-winning arts town has to offer.

Check out the more than 110 public art installations and murals with Delray Beach Art Trail’s interactive map.

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is the official support agency for arts and culture in The Palm Beaches. Its events calendar is an excellent source for the latest information on local events, and its website provides cultural recommendations and insider tips on all of the spectacular arts and culture happening around Palm Beach County — and you.

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Angelia S. Rico

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