Art After Dark

A New Experience Every Friday Night!

Enjoy an eclectic mix of live performances, film screenings, workshops, tours, and more!

Docent-led Tours (30 min) Explore great works in the Norton’s collection led by one of the Museum’s fine docents.

Open Studio: Art Workshops Join local teaching artists as they lead drop-in style art-making sessions. All ages and experience levels welcome. Materials included.

EVERY FRIDAY, Live Performances
Enjoy live performances every Friday including live music, dance, spoken word, and more! Check our website weekly for updates.

First Fridays of the Month, 7:30 pm / Jazz Fridays
This popular monthly series features performances by some of South Florida’s best jazz musicians!

Third Fridays of the Month, 8 pm  / Artist Tour
South Florida-based artists lead informal, 30-minute gallery talks about works in the Norton’s collection and special exhibitions.

Art After Dark / Meeting Buddha

Friday, May 24 / 5PM-10PM

In collaboration with Fo Guang Shan Miami Temple and BLIA Miami Chapter in Tamarac, this evening’s Art After Dark will offer opportunities to learn about and pay tribute to this great teacher with a celebration of Buddha’s Birthday that will tie in with works of art connected with Buddhism in the Norton’s ChineseCollection. These relaxing, educational, and wellness-focused activities include the ceremony of Bathing the Buddha, spotlight tours focused on works in the Collection, film, and a tea meditation, and an open studio art activity.


Schedule of Events

  • Drop-in Activity / Bathing the Buddha

    Pouring fragrant water over the images of Prince Siddhartha symbolizes inner purification and the elimination of defilements.

    Central Courtyard

  • Join a tour!

    Docents discuss artworks in the Norton’s Collection. 

    Pick up your tour wristband at the Reception Desk one hour before the tour.

  • Curator Conversation / Landscapes Inspired by Old Masters

    Laurie Barnes, Elizabeth B. McGraw Senior Curator of Chinese Art, illustrates how Wu Hong (1615-1680) and Zhou Kai (1779-1837) used works by past Chinese masters as catalysts for their personal creativity by presenting images of and ideas about landscapes created as early as the 900s inspired these two artists.  

    Space is limited; online registration required. Walk-ins welcome if tickets remain on the day of the program.

    Cost: Museum Admission / Members FREE

    Stiller Auditorium

  • Tai Chi History and Practice

    Learn about the history of Tai Chi and take a short class with Juying Janowsky.  The class is for all guests, beginners to experienced practitioners. Enjoy an opportunity to try this traditional Chinese exercise to promote peace of mind and wellness through gentle, continuous movement.

    Korman Room 

  • Open Studio

    Join Resident Teaching Artist Jose R. Mendez to express your inner Buddha through creating an origami lotus flower and decorating with inspirational quotes.

    Classroom #2

  • Join a Tour!

    Docents discuss Buddhist works in the Collection.

    Pick up your tour wristband at the Reception Desk one hour before the tour.

    Meet in Great Hall

  • Buddha in our Collection

    15 minute Spotlight Tours to highlight the Buddha’s in our Collection.

    Niblack Gallery

    6–9pm (Every half hour)
  • Film / Life of the Buddha

    Learn about the life of the Buddha with this short animated film and discussion with a member of the Fo Guang Shan Miami Temple.

    Stiller Auditorium

    7–9pm (Every half hour)
  • Find your Buddha Nature Tea Meditation

    Join members of the Fo Guang Shan Temple for a tea ceremony and short meditation. Enjoy the pipa music played by Gin Kin Young.

    Great Hall

    6–9pm (Every half hour)

Attending Art After Dark

Hours: The museum is currently open to the public until 10 pm on Friday nights.

Entry: Admission during Art After Dark is $10 for Adults & Seniors, $5 for Students. Tickets may be purchased at the Reception Desk or reserved in advance

How to get here: The Norton Museum of Art is located at 1401 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, FL 33401. For more information, click here.

Parking: Parking is available in the Norton’s main parking lot at 1501 South Dixie Highway, immediately across the street from the Museum. Parking is $5 per car, per day. Norton Members park for free.

Food and drink: The Restaurant at the Norton offers indoor and outdoor seating with beautiful views of our Sculpture Garden. Along with great food, The Restaurant serves creative cocktails, wine, and champagne. Reservations available through Tock.

Art After Dark is made possible by the generosity of The Addison Hines Charitable Trust.

Support for the Docent Program was provided by The Donald and Linda Silpe Endowment for the Professional Development of Docents and The Marcia Mahon Education Endowment Fund.

Support for Open Studio was provided by The Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Schott Endowment for Education.