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The Lindemann Family Creativity Center is the home of the museum’s IDEA@thebass program of art classes and workshops. Developed in conjunction with Stanford University’s acclaimed Institute of Design, IDEA classes employ a method of teaching known as Design Thinking, an open-ended method of problem-solving that allows children to brainstorm, work in teams and engage in creative play.

The Creativity Center is also the home of the Art Club for Adults, lectures, film screenings and teacher training workshops. Additional programming includes pre-school art classes, after school and weekend art classes (children ages 6 to 12), and experimental programming designed by the museum’s Stanford Fellow and other experts in the field of arts education.

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IDEA@thebass Stands for Identify, Discuss, Envision, Assess. IDEA@thebass uses art to stimulate the critical thinking skills of children between the ages of 3 and 10. This program is based on a method of problem-solving that has been created by the Bass Museum of Art in conjunction with Stanford University’s acclaimed Hasso Platner Institute of Design.

How do IDEA@thebass lessons work? The instructor shows students a picture of a work of art. The class then follows this four-step process:

  • Identify – Children describe what they see in the picture and respond to a “need” or challenge posed by the teacher.
  • Discuss – Students brainstorm and come up with ideas to solve the challenge.
  • Envision – Working alone or in teams, students create a “prototype” or model using pencils and paper, or all sorts of inexpensive found material.
  • Assess – Students explain their work to their classmates, who will ask questions and make suggestions.


The Lindemann Family Creativity Center is generously supported by George Lindemann, the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The Children’s Trust. The Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and PUMA.Creative. Additional program support has been provided by Debi and Jeff Wechsler.


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