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The Bass Museum of Art’s educational mission is to stimulate creative interpretation of contemporary art and provide an environment that encourages inquiry, exploration, and dialogue.

The Bass Museum of Art offers a cutting-edge education program through tours, workshops and public programs using a non-traditional approach to museum education. We encourage museum-goers to be experimental and active in their understanding of our collection and exhibits by offering interpretive materials and learning interventions that stimulate critical observation, and an inquisitive examination of artists’ ideas, materials and processes.

The Lindemann Family Creativity Center is the learning hub of the museum’s IDEA@thebass program of innovative workshops, tours, community outreach projects and public programs. Developed in conjunction with Stanford University’s acclaimed Institute of Design, IDEA@Bass uses Design Thinking, an open-ended method of problem-solving that allows participants to brainstorm and engage multi disciplinarily, while learning about the museum’s collection and contemporary art exhibits. This method of engagement spans South Florida’s diverse population and inspires lifelong learning through a dynamic array of offerings for youth, families and adults.

Since 2012, the Bass Museum has also made sustained efforts to reach out to communities that are most challenged when it comes to obtaining quality educational programming in the arts. We hired a full time, bilingual Education Outreach Coordinator, who brings IDEA@thebass to neighboring communities in Miami Beach and other areas such as Little Haiti, Little Havana and Overtown. In 2013, thanks to grants from Miami-Dade County, The Miami Foundation and The Children’s Trust, we were able to offer full scholarships to more than 30 students for our IDEA@thebass Summer camp. Most recently, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded the Bass Museum a three-year $500,000 grant to expand educational outreach efforts and serve 30,000 families a year.

Please click on any tab to the right to learn more about our programming. For education news click here!

Download our Fall 2014 education brochure

For upcoming events & programs, visit our calendar

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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.

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The Bass Museum of Art is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Bass Museum of Art is generously funded by 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 W.K. Kellogg Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts, and Culture and the Bass Museum of Art membership.

Bass Museum of Art’s Education Department is housed in the Lindemann Family Creativity Center which is generously supported by George Lindemann.

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