Arts and Culture

Vero Beach and Indian River County's reputation for offering an exceptionally high quality of life is due in great part to the successful integration of the beauty and benefits of a charming, tropical, home-town atmosphere with the cosmopolitan flavor reflected in the abundance of Arts and Cultural venues available.

Since the early part of the century, this area has attracted artists, writers, poets, and most of all, Dreamers.... McKee Jungle Gardens opened its doors in 1932; major league baseball arrived with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1948. In 1958 the Vero Beach Theatre Guild held its first production. In 1966, the Vero Beach Concert Association was formed, and in 1974 the Riverside Theatre held its first production.

In 1994, Vero Beach was named "one of the Best Small Art Towns in America." The criteria for being included in the book "The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America" by John Villiani included location, climate, quality of life, available cultural activities, economic impact of the arts, an active local arts agency, galleries and art festivals, and the opinion of artists who are members of each community.

Most of the established cultural institutions were built by private donations and have become the fabric of this wonderful community. The modern 55,000 square foot Vero Beach Museum of Art which has the largest school associated with a museum in the State of Florida is also the home to the 500 plus member Vero Beach Art Club that meets in the museum monthly; the 615-seat professional Riverside Theatre; the lovely Anne Morton Theatre which houses the Riverside Children's Theatre; the 51-acre Environmental Learning Center; the 18-acre McKee Botanical Garden, the 312-seat community Vero Beach Theatre Guild ... just to name a few.


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Riverside Theatre

Riverside Theatre

3250 Riverside Park Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: 772-231-5860
Fax: 772-234-5298
All of Riverside Theatre's events are produced in-house using The Acting Company's staff. Under the direction of Artistic Director Allen D. Cornell, sets, props, lights and costumes are designed and built on-site. Actors, designers and directors from New York and other areas of the country are brought in for two and a half weeks of rehearsals and up to four weeks of performances.
Cultural Council of Indian River County

Cultural Council of Indian River County

2041 14th Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 770-4857
Fax: (772) 770-3403
The Cultural Council's mission is "to nurture a cooperative environment in which cultural and educational organizations and individuals may thrive and thereby enrich the quality of life in Indian River County for all residents and visitors." With the support of individuals and organizations throughout our area, the Cultural Council of Indian River County has been active in the community for many years.

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