Family Day – A Huge Success at the BASS MUSEUM OF ART

Children created “Family Albums” for the Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. Family Day Sept. 26, 2010 at the Bass Museum of Art. The next Family Day is a Halloween themed “Mummy Mania” on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010.

IDEA@thebass Family Day – A Huge Success at the BASS MUSEUM OF ART!

The Bass Museum of Art hosted its monthly IDEA@thebass family day on Saturday, September 26th from 2-4pm.  The museum welcomed over 400 parents and children of all ages to come participate in a variety of activities. The series of Sunday workshops (the next family day is on October 31, 2010 – Halloween) takes place at the museum from 2-4pm and is FREE and open to the community. During this educational event, children engaged in art projects and activities that were inspired by the Bass Museum’s permanent collections and exhibitions. Activities ranged from a preschool art station to face painting.  The Sunday workshop was led by professional artists and volunteers that encouraged children to use their imagination and ingenuity. Families also participated in scavenger hunts that took parents and children on a journey of exploration through the museum’s  permanent collection which  includes works of art from its collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture and textiles, as well as its newly opened Egyptian Gallery.  Additionally, HUMAN RITES, the current exhibition on view concluded the scavenger hunt during this family affair.

“As the President, but also as a father, I enjoy IDEA@thebass family days because there are always so many creative activities for the kids, but mainly because children have fun while they learn how to be creative,” expressed George Lindemann, Jr., President of the Board, Bass Museum of Art who attended the afternoon with his family.

The Sunday events are part of IDEA@thebass, an in-school program for grades K-5 that encourages students to be creative.  This innovative program developed by Dr. Adrienne von Lates, Director of Education at the Bass Museum, in conjunction with Stanford University’s d-school encourages creative thinking.  The museum‘s dynamic art activities apply this mode of design thinking by exposing children of all ages to art and inspiring them to observe, brainstorm, and create — enabling them to express their ideas.  These programs were made possible by the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The museum extends a special thanks to the large group of volunteers and sponsors present this past Sunday.  Additionally a large group of students from Miami Beach Senior High School did a tremendous job contributing their time and effort to the day’s events. The Museum’s snacks and refreshments were compliments of Pop Chips and Vitamin Water, who provided the museum with wonderful support throughout the day.

The Bass Museum will be involved in several other community outreach programs that are dedicated to improving education and engaging families in the study of art. Upcoming events include the next IDEA@thebass family day, Sunday October 31, 2010. The museum will be hosting a Halloween party where children are encouraged to come in costume and participate in Halloween art activities. Prizes will be awarded to the best costume.  Starting in 2011, IDEA@thebass family days will be the last Sunday of every month and free the entire day.  Family Day activities will take place from 2-4pm.  For more information about IDEA@thebass family days email:

The museum is also continuing its series of IDEA@thebass inventive art classes, which involve parents and children working together as a team to solve a design challenge inspired by works of art from the museum’s permanent collection. The students will learn how to paint, draw, construct, and take photographs from experienced art teachers.
The next IDEA@thebass inventive art class is scheduled for October 10, 2010 from 2-4pm. The topic will be: Design a poster celebrating everyday heroes.  Parents and children ages 5-11 are invited to join the class. Each class is limited to 30 students and advanced registration is required.  The cost is $10 per child/members and $15 per child/non-members.  For more information on IDEA@thebass inventive art classes email:

The Bass Museum of Art also offers tours to all types of groups and ages. Children’s tours have a craft activity and scavenger hunt available to them, as well as, a café space to bring and eat a bagged lunch. Tours can be scheduled at The Bass Museum of art is committed to enhancing the lives of the people in its community and invites everyone to come participate in one or all of the educational events offered.

Bass Museum of Art
2121 Park Avenue (in Collins Park)
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
T: 305.673.7530

About Bass Museum of Art
Located in Miami Beach, the Bass Museum of Art offers a dynamic year-round calendar of exhibitions presenting contemporary art as well as works of art from its collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture and textiles.  In April 2010, the museum opened its Egyptian Gallery, the only Egyptian Gallery in Florida.  Artist’s projects, educational programs, lectures, concerts and free family days complement the works on view.

$8 general admission/ $6 senior adults & students. Free for members and children under the age of 6. Group discounts available.
Museum Hours and Docent Tours:
Wednesday-Sunday 12-5pm.  Docent tours by appointment. Free with museum admission. To schedule a group tour call 305.673.7530 x 9-1016.

Bass Museum Shop
An eclectic selection of art, architecture and photography books; folk art from around the world; one-of-a-kind decorative and gift items; jewelry by local and international artisans; postcards; and educational toys. Open during museum hours and selected special events.


A cheerful, cool relaxing spot in the Bass Museum Shop offering free WiFi & snacks during museum hours.

Metered parking lot on site. Additional metered parking is available on perimeter streets.
The Bass Museum of Art is generously funded by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners and the Friends of the Bass Museum, Inc.

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2 Comments on "Family Day – A Huge Success at the BASS MUSEUM OF ART"

  1. Wow Very Nice, I wish I could Write as Fluently as you do,

  2. The Bass Museum is a wonderful little treasure trove right on the edge of South Beach, and within 2 minutes of Miami Beach Senior High. Unfortunately, Beach High students don't seem to appreciate the value of such a nearby cultural oasis. The Bass Museum needs to expand its marketing strategy to high school students. This is a prime opportunity, and all it takes is a little ingenuity.

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