Virtual SDMA+ are unique online experiences offered by The San Diego Museum of Art in collaboration with other local arts institutions to inspire a robust appreciation of the arts and a deeper exploration of the SDMA permanent collection.

All performances will be shared on SDMA YouTube. Stay tuned for new videos to be posted soon.

Virtual SDMA+ brings the joy and collaboration of SDMA+ online!


Art of Elan

Virtual SDMA+ Art of Elan is a series of short online experiences pairing The San Diego Museum of Art permanent collection with the thoughtfully curated music of Art of Elan. Building on the 13-year partnership between the two arts organizations, the video series features short musical responses to works of art that are meant to inspire and uplift the community.  Art of Elan has chosen six prestigious musicians to kick off the series.

Virtual SDMA+ Art of Elan online concerts will be shared on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. PST on SDMA YouTube.


The San Diego Shakespeare Society

Virtual SDMA+ The San Diego Shakespeare Society is a series of video performances featuring monologues from great works of Shakespeare in response to selections from the SDMA collection.

The San Diego Museum of Art traditionally works with The San Diego Shakespeare Society throughout the year featuring seasonal SDMA ArtStops. The San Diego Shakespeare Society performs throughout the year and aims to demonstrate the relevance, immediacy, and accessibility of Shakespeare’s works for the general public.

Virtual SDMA+ The San Diego Shakespeare Society video performances will include selections from The Tempest and King Lear in response to artist-chosen works from the SDMA collection.

Performances will be shared on Tuesdays on SDMA YouTube.

  • June 16 – Tom Steward performing The Tempest, Act V, epilogue by William Shakespeare – Breton Women in a Ferry Boat, by Emile Bernard (ca. 1900)
  • June 30 – Ashley Engelman performing King John, Act V, Scene 2 by William Shakespeare – Saint Jerome by Francisco de Zurbaran (17th century)

San Diego Youth Symphony

Virtual SDMA+ San Diego Youth Symphony features students from San Diego Youth Symphony choosing a work from the SDMA collection that they pair with a piece of music. These students are phenomenally talented.

Past performances in the SDMA galleries, formerly known as Musical ArtStops, have featured harpists, flutists, violists, and cellists performing in front of Museum favorites, including The Young Shepherdess by William-Adolphe Bouguereau.


See all the ways you can experience The Museum from home at Virtual SDMA.


Featured: Ivan Messenger. Moment Musical, undated. Lithograph. Museum purchase with funds provided by Alice Klauber. 1948.10.