Over the next week, we’ll all make the usual New Year’s resolutions – eat better, exercise more, or save money. And within a few days, most will likely be broken.

In fact, most Americans abandon their January aspirations within a couple of weeks at best.

If you enjoy the performing arts, here are some resolutions that can be easy to keep:

Visit a Regional Theater

The Arsht, Broward, and Kravis Centers regularly present top-tier national acts, but our region is equally blessed with dozens of fine local theaters. What these theaters don’t have in funding, they make up with creativity. Check out the latest show at Thinking Cap Theatre in Dania Beach, which specializes in experiential productions and regularly explores the work of queer playwrights. During the pandemic, Miami New Drama turned empty Lincoln Road storefronts into stages and this season, they celebrate the 20th anniversary of South Florida playwright Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Anna in the Tropics” at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach.

Go to a Concert

While I can’t dispute that LGBT audiences love musical theater when was the last time you went to a concert? The South Florida Symphony, led by Maestra Sebrina María Alfonso and president Jacqueline Lorber, has long been an active part of the community and performs in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Key West. The Symphony of the Americas, under the baton of new Spanish music director Pablo Mielgo, is undergoing a reinvention following the pandemic. The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Seraphic Fire, and the Master Chorale of South Florida continue to perform choral classics. And, if classical music isn’t your thing, check out the Gold Coast Jazz Society at the Broward Center or the many jazz and cabaret concerts at Delray Beach’s trendy ArtsGarage.

Make a Contribution

It’s no secret that the pandemic was hard on all arts organizations – both big and small. Some venues were shuttered for nearly two years and audiences were slow to return. Not only are ticket sales just now beginning to rebound, but donations took a big hit. Grants from the federal government helped and state and local arts agencies also stepped up, but many local groups still are operating in the red. Nearly all are 501(c)3 charitable organizations, meaning your contributions are tax-deductible. And, if you write your check by Dec. 31, you can take the deduction on this year’s taxes. 

During the darkest days of the pandemic, streaming services thrived as audiences binge-watched anything available from the safety and comfort of their living rooms. Yes, the content was convenient, but most would agree the experience lacked the excitement and electricity of attending a live performance. We’re finally back and here’s your chance to embrace the thousands of artists who live and work right here in South Florida. These are resolutions you can keep and you’ll be glad you did.