The Visual Arts Academy boasts a staff with a collective 60+ years of education and experience in the visual arts field. Their mission is to provide quality programming and promote lifelong community connections through visual arts education in a nurturing, supportive environment. The program offers a wide range of classes including ceramic sculpture, pottery, oil painting, watercolor, drawing, digital, mixed media, small scale metal sculpture, and printmaking.


Visual Arts Coordinator


Create While You Celebrate!

Create special memories enjoying a unique experience while celebrating your special day.

Painting Under the Stars

Not your typical night out! Find new inspiration and take your art practice under the stars with our monthly evening of art, music, friends, and wine.

Available Programs

The Visual Arts Academy offers a wide range of classes including drawing and painting, sculpture, ceramics, ceramic wheel, art exploration, printmaking/silkscreen, mixed media, video editing, and graphic design. There is something for everyone to explore!
Events, Exhibits, and Other Offerings
Learn about current and upcoming events and exhibits showcasing our talented artists’ beautiful designs and explore your creative side at a wide array of art-focused events offered throughout the year.


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Earlier today, there was a shooting at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center with one fatality. Miami-Dade Police have confirmed it is being investigated as a domestic issue. The suspected gunman has been arrested, and police have indicated there is no known threat to the Jewish community.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family.

Thankfully, years of drills and numerous safety protocols ensured the safety of our members, staff, and community.

The Michael-Ann Russell JCC is grateful to the Miami-Dade Police Department and all first responders who responded so quickly.

The MARJCC will resume normal operations tomorrow, April 4, 2022. However, as previously communicated, there are no group exercise classes or adult enrichment classes until 3:30 p.m. due to a previously scheduled conference.

We would want to remind everyone that each of us must adhere to the established protocols to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.  We love seeing you at the J, but please stay home and monitor symptoms for 14 days:

  • if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, or
  • if you have come into direct contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or
  • if anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or
  • if anyone in your household has come into direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

Thank you in advance for your support.