The Creativity Center
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, gallery talks 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 Creativity Center is the learning hub of the museum’s IDEAS program of innovative workshops, tours, community outreach projects and public programs. Developed in conjunction with Stanford University’s acclaimed Institute of Design, IDEAS 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. The 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 has 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 The Bass IDEAS Program to neighboring communities in Miami Beach and other areas such as Little Haiti, Little Havana and Overtown. Thanks to funding from Miami-Dade County, The Miami Foundation, The Children’s Trust and The City of Miami Beach, we are able to offer scholarships and other free programming to Miami-Dade County Youth. 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.