“ARTY the Shark” comes to Sarasota

Borderless Arts TN, formerly VSA TN, is an organization based out of Nashville, Tennessee that works with people with disabilities through the arts. In their visual arts program, they not only teach new art techniques, but also provide projects that help participants better understand the world around them and connect to various community projects. Earlier this year, Borderless Arts TN reached out to the Alliance in regards to a partnership project with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

Participants from Borderless Arts TN were charged with the task of creating a piece of art that reflected the impact of humans on the environment and the importance of ocean conservation. The concept for “ARTY the Shark” was born, a shark made of completely recycled and ocean-safe materials that could be submerged under water. After a sanitation process by scientists at Mote Marine, Arty will voyage into the sea to be photographed and studied.

As Borderless Arts TN made their way to Sarasota to deliver ARTY the Shark to Mote Marine, they wanted to share their project with others and that’s where the Alliance comes in. The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County in partnership with Easter Seals Southwest Florida, hosted Borderless Arts TN on Saturday, June 18th for a morning workshop. The talented group of artists presented to a group of participants from Easter Seals about ARTY the Shark, as well as other art projects they have completed throughout the country. Participants were also led through a fun art project inspired by Wassily Kandinsky. And no Saturday morning activity is complete without some ice cream from the amazing crew at Rise and Nyes.

This was such a fun, learning experience for all and we are very thankful for our new friends at Borderless Arts TN and our local partners, Easter Seals Southwest Florida and Rise & Ryes.

To learn more about Borderless Arts TN, please visit: borderlessartstn.org