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 the 2nd Annual ED-stravaganza at Suncoast Technical College in Sarasota.

Area teachers were invited to visit booths with information on each organization and its Explorations, demonstrating their mission of providing impactful experiential learning to K-12 teachers and students in the four-county area during the 2017-2018 school year.

Sample performances and demonstrations were also included, plus lots of fun giveaways, including drawings for FREE Explorations!

School district staff and representatives from the local foundations were also on hand as well to discuss grant opportunities available to you and your schools.

One of the special parts of the arts education event was witnessing so much community collaboration in one place. To see all of the experiential learning opportunities available to our students was truly incredible, and to see all of the organizations who so deeply care about their Explorations was impactful.

EdExploreSRQ.com is an online resource that supports the needs of K-12 teachers in Sarasota County by providing centralized access to unique arts and cultural “Explorations,” such as field trips and classroom resources, and curricular support offered by area arts, science and history organizations for students.

These Explorations align to state instructional standards, thereby ensuring that the programs help students learn the content they are expected to master during the school year. The website allows teachers to search for explorations by criteria such as grade level, subject matter or benchmarks, and to find possible sources of funding for student participation. They were created in partnership with Sarasota County Schools, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, Science and Environment Council, and The Patterson Foundation.

Thank you to everyone who made ED-stravaganza such a successful event!