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Sarasota Creators

Sarasota Creators, Helen Sawyer

Helen Sawyer was born around 1898 in Washington DC. The daughter of painter Wells Sawyer, Helen saw success as an artist at a young age. She was only 16 years ...

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Culture Collective

Culture Collective at Art Ovation

On Monday evening the members of our young art patrons group, Culture Collective, and the members of Sarasota Opera’s Da Capo Society took a tour of one of the exhibits ...

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Alliance News

Art Battle is Coming to Sarasota

Please join us for a wonderful evening of creativity and community, a live painting tournament showcasing local artists and connecting Sarasota to towns and cities around the world! Come watch ...

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Alliance News

Celebrate for the Arts

Full Moon Promotions is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party and the Arts and Cultural Alliance has been chosen as the Charity of Choice. This means that not only will ...

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Donate to the Arts

“We believe that the best in art comes from its appeal to the weakest and loneliest. Art that soars is not inherently valuable except that it invites the human spirit ...

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Culture Collective

Culture Collective at Endless Forms

The Sarasota Culture Collective had the opportunity to explore Selby Gardens’ Orchid Show, Endless Forms in an exclusive after hours tour. Lead by Jeannie Perales Vice President for Museum Exhibits, ...

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Alliance News

Honoring Local Principals

The Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Arts Education Task Force honored Sarasota County principals today at a luncheon at Art Ovation Hotel. This year marks the 18th annual Principals ...

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Alliance News

2018/2019 Arts and Culture Guide

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County and SCENE Magazine annually publish a comprehensive Arts & Culture Guide for the Sarasota County region. View and download In addition to ...

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Alliance News

A True Celebration

Executive Director, Jim Shirley steps to the podium to begin the program. At the Arts and Cultural Alliance we often talk about the incredible arts and culture scene that we ...

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Sarasota Creators

Marcia Ashton Rader, Educator and Advocate

Image courtesy of Sarasota County Historical Records Marica Ashton Rader moved to Sarasota in 1919 and worked as the Art Supervisor of the Sarasota School System. Marcia’s strong appreciation of art ...

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Sarasota Creators

Sarasota Creators

Those of us who know and love Sarasota are proud of our local arts and culture scene. We are fortunate to have arts organizations in all sizes and disciplines, quality ...

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Alliance News

2018 Celebration of the Arts

Join the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County for the annual Celebration of the Arts to recognize the leaders in our arts and culture community and enjoy performances from some of ...

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Alliance News

2018 Principals Luncheon

            Tickets are now available for the 18th Annual Principals Luncheon. The Principals Luncheon provides the opportunity for us to honor Sarasota County Principals and ...

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Alliance News

Sarasota Public Art Scavenger Hunt

Our Sarasota Public Art Scavenger Hunt is a fun and interactive way to discover downtown and its wonderful art! 1. Choose your format. (same hunt, just your preference) Sarasota Public Art ...

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Alliance News

New Sarasota Keys Piano

Jim Shirley and local artist Dirce Kennedy presented the newest Sarasota Keys piano on Suncoast View. An accomplished portrait artist, Dirce adorned the piano with eight famous pianists; Elton John, ...

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Alliance News

2018-2019 Alliance Art Exhibits

Each year the Arts and Cultural Alliance hosts six exhibits for local artists. Over 20 applications were submitted this year and then narrowed down by a panel of community members. ...

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Stay Informed on the Arts

We love our bustling arts community in Sarasota, but sometimes it can be difficult to stay informed. Let the Alliance help! You can easily stay up-to-date on local arts and cultural ...

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Alliance News

College Student Discounts

College Student Discounts at Local Arts Organizations Asolo Repertory Theatre Student Rush Starting one hour prior to curtain on the day of the performance, full-time students (25 and younger) may ...

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Alliance News

Nominate an Arts Leader!

2017 Volunteer Award Recipients, Sharon and Steve Dickman The Arts and Cultural Alliance is accepting nominations for our annual Arts Leadership Awards. Winners will be recognized at the Celebration of ...

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Alliance News

Culture Coast with Kathryn Parks

The Arts and Cultural Alliance is partnering with Kathryn Parks and Mars Vision Productions to bring you a new Facebook Live show, Culture Coast with Kathryn Parks. This show will ...

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Culture Collective

The 2018/2019 Sarasota Culture Collective Season!

The Sarasota Culture Collective (SCC) enters its 6th season! SCC is a member organization for young adults between the ages of 21-39 who would like to experience a variety of ...

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Public Art

Meander – Sarasota Public Art

  Most of the public art that we have featured this summer has been the type of art that you pass by daily and just need a reminder to look ...

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Alliance News

Selby Public Library Celebrates 20 Years!

On Saturday, August 4th, the Selby Public Library will celebrate 20 years of serving the Sarasota community at the downtown, Five Points location. The library will host activities throughout the ...

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Public Art

Bravo – Sarasota Public Art

In the early morning hours on Sunday, July 28, 2018, the 80th piece of public art was added to the City of Sarasota’s public art collection! According to artist Jorge Blanco ‘Bravo’ ...

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Public Art

Doughboy – Sarasota Public Art

The original ‘Spirit of the American Doughboy’ was created in 1921 by Ernest Moore Viquesney to honor the veterans and casualties of World War I. Doughboy is an informal term ...

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Alliance News

Stage of Discovery

Today the staff of the Alliance had the pleasure of attending Broadway in Black Jr at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presented by the talented young performers from the Stage of ...

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Public Art

Complexus – Sarasota Public Art

John Henry’s bright red 70 foot sculpture ‘Complexus’ was only meant to be in Sarasota during the 2011/2012 Season of Sculpture. However, a group of community members felt that it ...

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Alliance News

Applications Now Available for JRT and Opportunity Grants!

Deadline to submit grant applications is 5 pm Tuesday, September 4th. Opportunity Grants Non-profit organizations in Sarasota County that do not qualify for or did not receive a Tourist Development ...

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Public Art

John Ringling Statue – Sarasota Public Art

The John Ringling statue on St. Armand’s Circle was acquired by the City of Sarasota in 2001. Created by Cuban sculptor Tony Lopez, this figure stands on the southern side ...

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Alliance News, Public Art

St Armand’s Original Statues – Sarasota Public Art

Thanks to John Ringling’s vision in the 1920’s and the more recent passion of community groups such as Save Our Statues, we are fortunate to have a lovely display of ...

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Alliance News

Jury Members for the 2018-2019 Alliance Exhibitions 

Announcing the Jury Members for the 2018-2019 Alliance Exhibitions The Arts and Cultural Alliance would like to thank our jurors for the 2018-2019 Alliance Exhibitions! Dan Denton Dan Denton is ...

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Alliance News, Public Art

Photon II – Sarasota Public Art

Photon II was created by Dennis Kowal in 2000 and acquired by the City of Sarasota in 2002. This 9′ tall aluminum sculpture stands between the bay and the Van Wezel ...

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Alliance News

TDC/A Grant Recipients Announced

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is pleased to announce that the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the recommendations for funding of the 2018 Tourist Development ...

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Alliance News, Public Art

Nobody’s Listening – Sarasota Public Art

Nobody’s Listening is a sculpture by Jack Cartlidge that stands at Sarasota City Hall. This piece has been in the City’s public art collection since 1967 when it was commissioned ...

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Alliance News

John Ringling Towers and Opportunity Grants 2018-2019

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is pleased to announce the application process for the 2018-2019 John Ringling Towers Grants and Opportunity Grants. The John Ringling Towers (JRT) ...

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Alliance News, Public Art

The Butterfly Lady – Sarasota Public Art

Gracing the corner of Palm Ave and Cocoanut Ave in front of Florida Studio Theatre’s Keating Theatre, the Butterfly Lady was donated the City of Sarasota by Paul Passerat and ...

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Alliance News, Public Art

The Value of Public Art

The value of public art has been reflected throughout history. The early value Sarasota placed on public art can still be seen at St. Armand’s Circle. In the 1920’s John ...

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Alliance News, Public Art

Smile – Sarasota Public Art

Smile is a sculpture by Jorge Blanco that stands at the corner of Tamiami Trial and Boulevard of the Arts in front of Hotel Indigo. This is a developer owned piece ...

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Alliance News, Public Art

Sarasota Deco – Sarasota Public Art

Rob Lorenson’s sculpture, Sarasota Deco, has graced the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue in downtown Sarasota, Florida since 2008. This stainless steel sculpture with water feature measures 16’ x ...

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Alliance News

The 2018 Giving Challenge

On June 1, 2018 the Arts and Cultural Alliance team joined hundreds of other non-profit organizations to celebrate the 2018 Giving Challenge. The celebration included remarks from Roxie Jerde of ...

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Alliance News, Call to Artists

Closed – Annual Alliance Exhibits

Calling All Artists! Exhibit Opportunity for the 2018 – 2019 Season (more…)

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Alliance News

Arts Alliance Community Impact

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is proud to be one of the original 2012 Giving Challenge (more…)

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Season Announcements

Sarasota Opera

Announces 60th Festival Season 2018 Fall Season The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini The Little Sweep by Benjamin Britten 2019 Winter Season Turandot by Giacomo Puccini The Magic Flute ...

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Season Announcements

Sarasota Contemporary Dance

SCD Announces 13th Season: ROOTED SCD + Now Ensemble October 11-14, 2018 Voices – Emerging Choreographers December 6-9, 2018 Dance Makers Jan 31 – Feb 3, 2019 Evolving/Revolving May 2-5, ...

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Season Announcements

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) has announced its 2018-2019 season, with the theme “The Command Season.” In addition to four regular-season shows, which are included in the ...

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Culture Collective

Culture Collective at the Opera

Felding Hall at the Sarasota Opera House was abuzz (more…)

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Alliance News

Workshop

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – Publish or Perish (more…)

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Alliance News

New Venice Library

From the Director of Libraries for Sarasota County (more…)

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Alliance News

Once in a Blue Moon, Take II

Backstage at the Soundstage! Title Sponsor: Art Ovation Hotel (more…)

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Culture Collective

Culture Collective’s First Event

The Culture Collective and The Sarasota Ballet! (more…)

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Alliance News

Tourist Development Grant Orientations

TDC/A FY19 Orientation Sessions Announced. (more…)

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Alliance News

Business of Art Workshop!

Join us Tuesday, November 28, 2017 for the Business of Art Workshop! (more…)

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Alliance News

Principals’ Luncheon!

Don’t miss this exciting event celebrating Arts Education! (more…)

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Alliance News

Thank you, Inspire Volunteers!

A special thank you to everyone involved in InspireSarasota! (more…)

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Alliance News

Culture Collective’s 2017/18 Season

Check out the NEW 2017/18 Season of our Culture Collective program! (more…)

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Alliance News

Become a Patriot Plaza Tour Guide!

Guides volunteer at Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetery. (more…)

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Inspire Sarasota!

Inspired Partners

InspireSarasota! begins….check out the full line up of events (more…)

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Alliance News

Volunteer at our Festival!

Sign-up to become a Volunteer for the Alliance’s InspireSarasota! Festival! (more…)

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Alliance News

Business of Art Workshops

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County announces the 2017/18 Business of Art Workshops. (more…)

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Inspire Sarasota!

RSVP for Inspire Celebration!

The Arts and Cultural Alliance’s InspireSarasota! kick-off event, the annual Celebration of the Arts at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017. Admission ...

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Inspire Sarasota!

Rent a BOOTH today!

It’s time to RENT YOUR BOOTH for the Arts and Cultural Alliance’s 2017 InspireSarasota! Festival! Join in on the excitement of the festival with a tent to promote your organization! The ...

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Inspire Sarasota!

Become a SPONSOR of InspireSarasota!

This fall, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is presenting the 2017 InspireSarasota!, a 12-day fall celebration inspiring pride in our community’s rich legacy as a premier destination ...

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Alliance News

New Season of Art Exhibits

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County hosts six juried art exhibits from September through May at the Center for Arts and Humanity.  During the summer months one or ...

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Alliance News, Arts Education

ED-stravaganza – A Total Success!

On Saturday, August 5, 2017, the Arts and Cultural Alliance joined forces with Sarasota County Schools, The Patterson Foundation, and over 40 participating EdExploreSRQ arts and cultural organizations to present ...

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Alliance News

Photo Submissions

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Photo: Don Daly   The Sarasota Ballet in George Balanchine’s “Serenade.” Photo: Frank Atura.   Photo by Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival   ...

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Alliance News

Guide to Visiting Elected Officials

Plan to visit elected officials in their home office if possible. This is when they have more time and when they are in Tallahassee or Washington, D.C. Have an agenda ...

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The 2017-17 Culture Collective members enjoy the season Kick-Off Holiday Party at Sarasota Architectural Salvage.
Culture Collective

2016/17 Season ends with a Bang!

The Sarasota Culture Collective (which offers next generation audiences ages 21 – 39 the opportunity to experience, engage in, and learn about the arts in Sarasota) just wrapped up their ...

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