The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota was founded in 1969. Our objectives are to encourage a greater understanding of the Arts in Sarasota County in the areas of Painting, Sculpture, Literature, Theatre, Music, Dance, Film, and Architecture. The Society provides cultural and education opportunities for its members and organizes projects which benefit the entire community and its many visitors. Each year the Society plans and promotes events to support student scholarships, grants, and our acquisitions program. We continue to acquire art works by locally and nationally recognized artists with a Florida connection; this collection is on permanent display at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. We are a 501 (c) (3) organization.