Tourist Development Cultural/Arts Grants Funded

Thank you to the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners for your unanimously approved of the recommendations for the 2020 Tourist Development Cultural/Arts (TDC/A) grants!

This year 38 local arts and cultural organizations received $2,078,100!

Arts and Cultural Alliance executive director, Jim Shirley, presenting to the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners.

“Arts and culture are a significant driver of tourism and economic development for Sarasota County. We thank the Board of County Commissioners for their support through the Tourist Development Tax funds and applaud them for their recognition of the important role that the arts play in our community.”

Jim Shirley, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County Executive Director

TDC/A grants come from a portion of the tourist tax dollars collected to fund Sarasota County arts and cultural organizations in order to offer high quality programming that continues to attract tourists to our area. Grants are available to organizations with recognized ability to produce, present, and promote cultural and arts activities that appeal to tourists.

Congratulations to all of the organizations that received funding this year and thank you for all that you contribute to our local arts and culture!

Organization Project Title
Art Center Sarasota, Inc. Art Center Sarasota Exhibition Season 2019-2020
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, Inc. Season Twenty-Four: The Future of Music
Asolo Theatre, Inc. Asolo Repertory Theatre 2019-2020 Season
Avenida de Colores, Inc. Chalk Festival
Coexistence, Inc. Embracing Our Differences
ensemblenewSRQ ensemblenewSRQ Presents: Olivier Messiaen’s Colors of the Celestial City
Florida Studio Theatre, Inc. Florida Studio Theatre 2019-2020 Season
Florida West Coast Symphony, Inc. Sarasota Orchestra 2019-2020 Season Programming
FSU Research Foundation d/b/a FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Dog Days Theatre
Gloria Musicae, Inc. New Horizons
Gulf Coast Heritage Association, Inc. Historic Spanish Point Seasonal Support 2019 2020
Jazz Club of Sarasota, Inc. Sarasota Jazz Festival – Celebrating 40 Years!””
Key Chorale, Inc. Key Chorale’s 35th Season
La Musica di Asolo, Inc. The Circle of Musical Education
Mote Marine Laboratory, Inc. Mote Aquarium’s Season of the Sea
New College Foundation, Incorporated New Music New College: 2019–2020 Season
Ringling College of Art and Design, Inc. #1 Englewood Art Flow: Creative. Coastal. Current. Exhibition Season at the Englewood Art Center
Ringling College of Art and Design,Inc. #2 Museum Exhibitions Winter-Spring Season 2019-2020
Sarasota Ballet of Florida Inc. The Sarasota Ballet’s 2019-2020 Season
Sarasota Concert Association, Inc. Great Performers Series-75th Anniversary Season
Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Inc. 14th Main Stage Season “Growing Larger”
Sarasota Film Festival, Inc. The 22nd Annual Sarasota Film Festival
Sarasota Opera Association, Inc. 2020 Winter Festival
Sarasota Pops Orchestra, Inc. The Pops Orchestra’s 2019-20 Season
The Circus Arts Conservatory, Inc. Circus Sarasota 2020
The Florida State University
on behalf of The John &
Mable Ringling Museum
of Art Foundation, Inc
The Ringling’s 2019-2020 Seasonal Programming
The Hermitage Artist Retreat, Inc. Hermitage Artists Programs
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Inc. Selby Gardens’ 2019-2020 Season
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast PMP/Suncoast “Sweet Sixteen”
The Players Inc Broadway Theatre Series
The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, Inc. Sarasota Cuban Ballet: Performance Season
The Venice Chorale, Inc.The Venice Chorale’s 2019-2020 Concert Season
The Venice Symphony, Inc.The Venice Symphony’s 2019-20 Season Programming
Urbanite Theatre, Inc.2019/2020 Main Series
Van Wezel Foundation, Inc.World Class Entertainment Program
Venice Art Center, Inc.Venice Art Center 2019-2020 Exhibits
Venice Institute for Performing ArtsArts Live! in Venice
Venice Theatre, Inc.Celebrating The 70th Season
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida, Inc.20th Anniversary Season