click to enlarge Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Orlando's vibrant arts scene is always refashioning itself into something new 

Like the rest of the city, our arts and culture community is undergoing enormous changes at the last minute. While we mourn the closure of the Venue, Blue Star’s former multi-use performance space, we welcome the imminent opening of Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center, an acoustically engineered performance venue that will serve our dancers and classical musicians in the style they deserve. At the same time, we grieve the loss of the Gallery at Avalon Island’s sophisticated curation, but we have high hopes for a refreshed CityArts initiative in its new home in the same building.

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens

633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park, 407-647-6294, polasek.org

The Czech artist's former residence is now a gallery, surrounded by gorgeous lakeside gardens full of his bronze sculptures.

Art and History Museums – Maitland

231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland, 407-539-2181, artandhistory.org

The cultural complex includes the Maitland Art Center (a National Historic Landmark), the Germaine Marvel multi-use space, the Victorian-era Waterhouse Residence, the Telephone Museum and the Carpentry Shop Museum.

Arts on Douglas

123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach, 386-428-1133, artsondouglas.net

The exhibition arm of Atlantic Center for the Arts shows cutting-edge visual works in the heart of this charming beach town.

Atlantic Center for the Arts

1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach, 386-427-6975, atlanticcenterforthearts.org

The residency program, which draws internationally renowned visual artists, writers and musicians, also offers public exhibits and performances several times per year.

Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum

656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-628-8200, casafeliz.us

Winter Park's landmark farmhouse, designed by noted architect James Gamble Rogers in 1932, hosts art, music and talks on historical preservation within its luxurious walls.

Casselberry Art House

127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry, 407-262-7700, casselberry.org

A midcentury residence the city converted to an experimental gallery set in the lovely environs of Lake Concord Park.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-645-5311, morsemuseum.org

This museum features an astounding collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including a wing dedicated to recreating the essence of Laurelton Hall, Tiffany's Long Island estate.

CityArts

39 S. Magnolia Ave., 407-648-7060, facebook.com/cityartsfactory

The Downtown Arts District is now centered in the Rogers-Kiene Building, the historic green structure formerly home to the Gallery at Avalon Island. The historic building recalls Orlando's past; the monthly-changing exhibits within feature local, national and international artists.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, 407-646-2526, rollins.edu/cfam

Tucked away on the campus of Rollins College, this museum continues to acquire cutting edge works of contemporary art to its Alfond Collection, originally donated by a pair of alumni.

Crealdé School of Art

600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park, 407-671-1886, crealde.org

The school, set in lakeside bungalows with a sculpture garden, is known for creative classes as well as ever-changing gallery shows.

Downtown Arts Collective

643 Lexington Ave., downtownartscollective.com

The new professional photo studio also hosts art shows of all types (not just photography) in its white-box gallery, as well as meetings and workshops for creatives, like a "Guided Meditation for Artists" event.

Faith Arts Village Orlando

221 E. Colonial Drive, 407-222-1231, faithartsvillage.com

Housed in an old motel, FAVO provides individual artists studios and hosts a monthly art market.

Flying Horse Editions

UCF Center for Emerging Media, 407-235-3619, flyinghorse.cah.ucf.edu

University of Central Florida's fine art research facility and nonprofit publisher of limited-edition prints, artist books and multiple-edition art objects is moving two blocks north of its old spot at 500 W. Livingston, as UCF Downtown gears up for its August 2019 opening.

Loud Gallery

1907 N. Orange Ave., 407-985-3191, loudgallery.com

Small, sceney space offers adventurous curation amid the bars and restaurants of Ivanhoe Village.

Hannibal Square Heritage Center

642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, 407-539-2680, hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org

Established in 2007, the gallery presents exhibitions and displays archival photos and historical documents related to the African-American experience in the evolving west Winter Park neighborhood.

Henao Contemporary Center

5601 Edgewater Drive, 407-272-0317, henaocenter.com

Roomy visual arts facility in a lesser-known part of town also hosts music, spoken word, dance and other arts events.

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida

851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, 407-628-0555, holocaustedu.org

The tiny gallery within the Jewish Community Center hosts rotating exhibits that challenge the viewer. By 2022, the center will move to expanded quarters in downtown Orlando.

The Mennello Museum of American Art

900 E. Princeton St., 407-246-4278, mennellomuseum.com

The space is small, but it packs a lot of punch. It's a showcase for works by folk artist Earl Cunningham and an eclectic mix of traveling exhibitions.

Orange County Regional History Center

65 E. Central Blvd., 407-836-8500, thehistorycenter.org

This storehouse of archived wonders fills its exhibition spaces with traveling exhibitions as well as homegrown collections.

Orlando Museum of Art

2416 N. Mills Ave., 407-896-4231, omart.org

Nestled into Loch Haven Park, the newly reinvigorated OMA shows work by major artists as well as homegrown talent.

Snap Space and Snap Downtown

1013 E. Colonial Drive and 420 E. Church St., 407-286-2185, snaporlando.com

Slick photography-centric galleries – one in Mills 50 in the historic Cameo Theatre and one east of downtown in the 420 East building – host the best art parties in town.

The Terrace Gallery

Orlando City Hall, 400 S. Orange Ave., 407-246-4279, cityoforlando.net/arts

This gallery showcases some of the city of Orlando's public art collection, as well as nationally touring and locally curated exhibitions.

Well's Built Museum

511 W. South St., 407-245-7535, wellsbuilt.org

Housed in a historic hotel, Well's Built is a trove of African-American artifacts.

Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts

227 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville, 407-647-3307, facebook.com/zorafestival2019

This little gallery is devoted to African-American history and culture, and features the often-challenging work of contemporary artists of African descent.

THEATERS & PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS

The Abbey

100 S. Eola Drive, 407-704-6103, abbeyorlando.com

A small mixed-use room in an ornate setting – with full bar service – hosts cabaret, comedy, community theater and concerts.

Athens Theatre

124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1500, athensdeland.com

DeLand's restored historic theater hosts a resident community theater group, youth theater and concerts.

Bach Festival Society of Winter Park

1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, 407-646-2182, bachfestivalflorida.org

BFS presents an annual season of classical music, performed by the 160 volunteer members as well as visiting artists.

Bob Carr Theater

401 W. Livingston St., 844-513-2014, drphillipscenter.org

Now operated by the Dr. Phillips Center, this old standby still hosts the Orlando Phil, as well as concerts and comedians.

Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park

419 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-920-4034, breakthroughtheatre.com

Non-Equity community theater features dance, theater and musical events.

Central Florida Community Arts

250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd., 407-937-1800, cfcarts.com

This very inclusive musical arts organization believes every artist of every age should have a cultural platform to connect and perform.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

445 S. Magnolia Ave., 844-513-2014, drphillipscenter.org

Big and beautiful, downtown's airy glass-and-steel cultural facility offers various multi-use spaces and theaters hosting touring Broadway productions, comics, dance and local theater.

Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House

410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-425-7571, parliamenthouse.com

The legendary gay resort is home to this small theater, which thrills audiences with drag delights and original comedies, musicals and guest productions.

Garden Theatre

160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, 407-877-4736, gardentheatre.org

The lovingly restored historic theater in quaint downtown Winter Garden hosts theater, film and family shows.

The Improv Orlando

9101 International Drive, 407-480-5233, theimprovorlando.com

Touring and local stand-ups, magicians and sketch comedy troupes perform while patrons enjoy dinner and drinks.

Mad Cow Theatre

54 W. Church St., 407-297-8788, madcowtheatre.com

The established and well-regarded professional Mad Cow Theatre features regular stage productions as well as classes, workshops and socials.

Orlando Ballet

445 S. Magnolia Ave., 844-513-2014, orlandoballet.org

Orlando's professional ballet company has settled gracefully into its new home at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

425 N. Bumby Ave., 407-770-0071, orlandophil.org

Wider fare than just classical music keeps the city's only professional orchestra in action: pops, film scores, opera and distinguished guest artists.

Orlando Repertory Theatre

1001 E. Princeton St., 407-896-7365, orlandorep.com

Professional family theater productions have become the domain of Orlando Rep, which also presents shows from its Youth Academy.

Orlando Shakes

Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., 407-447-1700, orlandoshakes.org

One of the top Shakespeare companies in the country, the Shakes produces a regular season in addition to PlayFest, which showcases new works.

SAK Comedy Lab

29 S. Orange Ave., 407-648-0001, sak.com

Good, clean fun is the hallmark of the troupe that specializes in improvisational comedy shows.

Theater on the Edge

5542 Hansel Ave., 407-309-0106, theaterontheedge.org

Repertory theater company makes edgy choices of material and dives deep into the human condition.

Theater West End

115 W. First St., Sanford, 407-548-6285, theaterwestend.com

Professional theater in Sanford's historic downtown stages musicals and repertory plays.

The Winter Park Playhouse

711 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-645-0145, winterparkplayhouse.org

Cabarets, musicals and holiday fare – this little community theater offers a busy theatrical calendar all year round.

ARTS COMPANIES

Some vital arts groups around town that don't have a fixed address.

Burrow Press

burrowpress.com

The local publisher hosts release parties and a reading series, Functionally Literate.

Opera Orlando

operaorlando.org

This rigorous but always fun company stages chamber operas and recitals in collaboration with Orlando Philharmonic and other Florida opera groups.

Phantasmagoria

phantasmagoriaorlando.com

A Victorian steampunk circus troupe offering "macabre and delicious Halloween treats and tricks."

Playwrights' Round Table

theprt.com

The mission of the group is to find and nurture new playwrights and give a home to new stage works.

Voci Dance

facebook.com/vocidance

The modern dance company presents theatrical experiences incorporating elaborate set and costume design.

Winter Park Institute

rollins.edu/rollins-winter-park-institute

Lectures, talks, symposiums and interviews with internationally renowned experts on subjects from deep-sea biology to poetry to global politics.

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