Sarasota County Arts Council

2013 EdExploreNEXT Grant

Background Information is an online resource that supports the needs of K-12 teachers by providing centralized access to explorations, such as field trips and classroom resources, and curricular support offered by area arts, science and history organizations for students. The 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. The site features 29 organizations offering 140 explorations plus 18 teaching artists ready to integrate the arts with a variety of subjects. was created in partnership with the Sarasota County Schools, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, the Science and Environment Council of Sarasota County, and The Patterson Foundation.

Program Description

This is the second year of implementation for The website already has a wide array of quality experiences available to students. But we know that organizations want to both enhance their current offerings and develop new experiences that connect with the classroom curriculum. Therefore, The Patterson Foundation provided funding through the Arts and Cultural Alliance in partnership with the Science and Environment Council for EdExploreNEXT -- grants that take explorations to the next level.

Click here to read about the 2012/2013 recipients!

The Arts Council - Sarasota's Source for the Arts