Patriot Plaza Virtual Tour

The Patterson Foundation has partnered with The Collaboratory at Ringling College of Art and Design to create an opportunity for Florida middle school civics classes, as well as the public to experience Patriot Plaza virtually. 

The initial focus for the Patriot Plaza virtual tour is 8th grade civics classes whose normal curriculum would include an in person visit to Patriot Plaza. Through the EdExploreSRQ experiential learning platform, which was created with support from The Patterson Foundation, Sarasota County School classrooms have access to unique, immersive experiences and field trips, including this virtual tour.

With all field trips cancelled for the foreseeable future, this virtual tour will allow students and the public the ability to tour Patriot Plaza and experience the art and architecture that honors our veterans and their families.

If you are interested in scheduling a virtual post-tour session with a Patriot Plaza tour guide, please fill out the form below:

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About The Collaboratory at Ringling College of Art and Design:

Ringling College of Art and Design is the leading university that empowers students to thrive in their role as creative leaders. Through initiatives like The Collaboratory, a program generously funded by The Patterson Foundation to strengthen the creative workforce of tomorrow, Ringling College provides the opportunity for students to gain industry experience prior to graduation by connecting them with leading brands and clients to develop creative solutions for business challenges.

About Patriot Plaza:

Patriot Plaza is a 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater on the grounds of Sarasota National Cemetery that honors veterans, inspires patriotism, and embraces freedom through commissioned art, ceremonies, and events. The Patterson Foundation fully funded the $12 million dollar design and construction after working closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration to create the venue. The space is meant to instill a sense of peace and reflection in a setting that invites the community to appreciate those who have served our country with pride and valor.