Arts Unify Communities

Randy Cohen of Americans for the Arts creates an annual list of 10 Reasons to Support the Arts. Here at the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, we are fortunate to see all of these reasons at the local level. This summer we are going to showcase a local example to support each of Cohen’s reasons.

Reason #2
Arts unify communities.
72 percent of Americans believe “the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity” and 73 percent agree that the arts “helps me understand other cultures better”—a perspective observed across all demographic and economic categories.

Here in Sarasota County the unification of age, race, and ethnicity through the arts can be seen all around. Multiple local arts organizations have 2 Gen opportunities that expose both students and their parents to local arts.

Alta Vista Elementary performs at the Inspire Sarasota Family Festival.

The Alliance’s annual Inspire Sarasota Family Festival provides the opportunity for local students to share their artistic accomplishments on a stage in downtown Sarasota with their family, friends, and the community which brings together all ages in celebration of youth arts!

3000 people attended WBTT’s 70’s Soul Party at Ed Smith Stadium.

In addition to the multiple 2 Gen opportunities in Sarasota, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe‘s mission is to produce professional theatre that promotes and celebrates the African-American experience, attracts diverse audiences, supports and develops African-American artists, and builds the self-esteem of African-American youth. We do not believe that a better example of arts unifying communities can be anywhere – and we have it right here in Sarasota!

WBTT Photos by Sorcha Augustine, courtesy Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

Learn about all 10 local reasons here.