Arts & Culture

Cherishing the Arts

On-campus or off-campus, you will find numerous ways to feed your creative spirit when you begin your next adventure at Aviva.

Many of our residents come from creative backgrounds themselves, or are longtime patrons of the arts. Many remain involved in volunteerism and philanthropy. They bring their lifelong experiences with the arts to Aviva, here on the “cultural coast.”

Arts & Culture at Aviva

Music, art, dance, theatre, literature and more are shown to enhance health and memory in older adults — and they make life more enjoyable!

Our Kretzmer Center is a hub for the local community, where we offer a variety of opportunities to feel inspired each and every day, such as:

  • Lecture series
  • Writers’ workshops
  • Concert series
  • Art exhibits
  • Drama club
  • Painting classes

In addition, Aviva regularly welcomes locally and globally renowned artists onto our campus — from children’s choirs to the Sarasota Orchestra — to perform for our residents and their guests.

You will find plenty of opportunities to meet others who share your passion for culture.

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What Our Residents Are Saying

Aviva is a friendly and gorgeous place for my friends and I to call home!

Fay SchlenderResident

So many classes and activities are initiated and presented by residents with the help of our fabulous Aviva Life Enrichment staff. It is this personal involvement and enthusiasm of the residents as we share our experiences to teach and learn about our differences and commonalities that set us apart from other communities.

Carolyn KaplanResident

Experience Sarasota Arts & Culture

Living at Aviva puts you right in the heart of Sarasota, Florida, which locals call the Cultural Coast.


Here in Sarasota, you can brush up on your art history and see work from artists of today. Always make sure to ask about discounts for seniors or locals. Some of our favorite museums in the area include:

  • Ringling Museum of Art
  • Ringling Circus Museum
  • Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy
  • Sarasota Art Museum
  • Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
  • Mote Marine Lab and Aquarium

Music, Theatre and Dance

Sarasota is also home to film, music and theatre, many with convenient matinee performances. Experience some of the best performing arts that the city has to offer at these destinations:

  • Asolo Repertory Theatre
  • Sarasota Opera
  • Sarasota Film Festival
  • Sarasota Ballet
  • Florida Studio Theatre