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SquareRoot of Love: Beyond the Divide – 2021

February 12 : 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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SquareRoot of Love: Beyond the Divide – 2021

A John Sims Project  

This past year has been shaped by a global pandemic, social unrest and civil disruption, agitated by systemic racial and political divisions. The current political and social climate has ignited unprecedented fear and violence, that threatens civil governance and the soul of American democracy. It is in these times that artists, poets and compassionate community leaders lead the conversation and way back to the things that matter most: civility, community, respect and love.  

On the occasion of Valentine’s Day weekend  2021, multimedia artist, writer and activist John Sims will present his 5th annual SquareRoot of Love: Beyond the Divide, featuring a three day series of events that will celebrate and re-affirm through food, drink, art, music, words and fellowship  the complex dimensions of Love, and how it shapes the most vital parts of our humanity.

This event seeks to explore the expression of love beyond the romantic to include ideas of civility, community and compassion, leading perhaps to reflection on the question, what is the square root of love? Where is the love in these complicated political times? And how can love, like food and drink nourish our sense of universal humanity?

The SquareRoot of Love: Beyond the Divide will begin on Friday, February 12th at Angela Ligon Fine Art Gallery 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, with a video installation featuring area artists with music performance. The reception will be sponsored by Halo Arts Project, where they will honor their 2021 Fellowship Award. 

RSVP for Friday, February 12th at Ligon Fine Art Gallery : CALL (832) 361-0308

The next day, On February 13th, from The Reserve, there will be a dinner event featuring area poets. This event will be geared on connecting and celebrating the community of artists, in this very divisive time. 

RSVP for Saturday, February 13th at The Reservehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/john-sims-squareroot-of-love-event-for-poets-artists-performers-tickets-139095804295

And on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, there will be a wine dinner at The Rosemary, where area Republican and Democrats leaders, including Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brodey (D) will be invited to present their own or favorite love poem between courses. Both dinner events will be hosted outdoors with a maximum capacity of 50, and will go from 7- 9 PM with a drink reception beginning half hour before, at 6:30 PM. The Valentine’s dinner event will be streamed live with curbside and food delivery available. 

RSVP for Sunday, February 14th at The Rosemary : CALL (941) 955-7600

SquareRoot of Love, as an installation, first appeared in New York City, in 2010, at the Bowery Poetry Club then came to Sarasota as a part of the Sarasota Film Festival in 2012, and since has traveled to various cities engaging the ideas of love with the help of art, poetry, performance, food and drink. From 2017-19, Sims brought the project to Paris with a series of events featuring a wine tasting, a film screening and poetry readings featuring his SquareRoot of Love: Valentine’s Day in Paris – An ArtWineFilm project done in collaboration with a winemaker in St. Emilion, France. In 2020, Sims brought the event to the Rosemary as a performance dinner featuring Peter Meinke, Poet Laureate of Florida, Charlanye Hunter-Gault, Journalist and Civil Right Pioneers

Daniel Jordan, Sarasota Orchestra Concertmaster, Michelle Giglio, Opera Singer, and The Scarlet Strings Quartet

John Sims, a Detroit native, is a multi-media creator, writer and producer, creating projects spanning the areas of installation, text, music, film, performance and large-scale activism. His main projects are informed by mathematics, the politics of sacred symbols/anniversaries and the agency of poetic text. He is currently artist in residence at the Ringling Museum of Art, where just completed the performance piece, 2020: (Di)Visions of America, and will be screening elements of his film Recoloration Recoloration in the group show This Time For Real at the Monda Gallery at The Ringling from January 28, to February 18, 2021.


February 12
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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