Sarasota County Arts Council

At the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, we are convinced that excellence in education can only be possible with the full inclusion of the arts. We are committed to ensuring that students of all ages have the best possible opportunities to take advantage of the benefits that the arts bring to the educational experience.

Arts Education Task Force

Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts


Arts Education Directory

Any Given Child

Artists in Schools


The Arts Education Task Force

AETF LogoThe Arts Education Task Force (AETF) has been a standing committee of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County (formerly Sarasota County Arts Council)since 1988.  The AETF brings together education directors from arts organizations in Sarasota County, Sarasota County School staff, community members and interested citizens to support arts education in our schools and our community.

The AETF supports arts education as an essential part of a complete education; follows current research on the value and impact of arts education; and advocates for continued support of arts education.

The AETF also has many annual programs including Professional Development Workshops, Guidance Counselor Meetings, a Principals Recognition Luncheon, and an Assistant Principals Recognition Luncheon.

The Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts

C/SPA LogoCommunity/Schools Partnership for the Arts (C/SPA) was created in 1996 as an official advisory committee for the Superintendent of the Sarasota County Schools. This unique partnership between the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County (formerly Sarasota County Arts Council) and the Sarasota Public School District is comprised of school and district administrators, teachers and community arts education advocates.

C/SPA works to strengthen arts education within Sarasota County, increasing the opportunity for all students to receive instruction from arts-certified teachers.

C/SPA envisions every student participating in a quality arts program taught through a balanced curriculum based on national standards with school and community collaboration.

C/SPA provides leadership in the continual development, implementation and celebration of education in, about and through the arts for all students in Sarasota County

C/SPA is one of the few groups in the nation involved in such a large and successful partnership between the community and the school district.

Since 1996,  C/SPA has expanded arts education for all students in the Sarasota County Public Schools; secured funding for new programs and equipment for Sarasota County Public Schools; and developed new arts education programs and created positions for additional arts teachers.

In 2002, C/SPA was recognized at a national symposium of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) for its outstanding partnership between the arts community and the school district.

The 2014-15 Arts & Culture Education Directory

Each year, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County publishes the Arts & Culture Education Directory.

The directory is a listing of educational programs offered by arts and cultural organizations and teaching artists within Sarasota County.  These programs enhance and support sequential arts education taught by certified, qualified teachers in our public schools.

For students seeking in-depth or extended arts experiences, there are a wealth of opportunities offered by our outstanding arts and cultural organizations.

Click here to download the 2014-15 Arts and Culture Education Directory of Organizations.
Click here to download the 2014-15 Arts and Culture Education Directory of Teaching Artists.

Any Given Child Initiative

The Sarasota County School District is a member of the Any Given Child program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the community participates in collaborative efforts to provide equity and access in arts education for all students.


Artists In Schools Program

A new version of the Artists In Schools program has been created by the Arts and Cultural Alliance. We invite you to consider submitting an application. To find out more information, please read the letter to artists and application (below). This program will bring new opportunities for Artists and Arts Educators to work in the Sarasota County Public Schools in 2012 and beyond.

Click here to download the letter to artists.

Click here to download the application.

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