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Food & Wine on Pine -- Actors Needed! One of the best parts of the annual Food & Wine on Pine event on Anna Maria Island is the people dressed as historical characters who stroll the street entertaining people with tales from the past and stories of how things were back in the day. Our actors and performers have fun as they share the lives of iconic island figures with our event guests. Food and Wine on Pine is Sat., May 3 from 11 am – 6 pm. If you are interested in playing an a historical character from Anna Maria's historic past at our event on Sat., May 3 from 11 - 6, please contact Diane Phinney at, or 941 405-4759 to schedule your shift ( 11-1, 1-3, 3-6). Each volunteer will receive complimentary food and beverage tickets. No experience necessary. Scripts provided. Costume help provided as needed.

Do you have an audition opportunity you would like to post on the Website? Submit your information to:

Danae DeShazer, Communications Manager
(941) 365-5118 ext.304


Below you will find a list of current jobs in the arts, as well as links to other local and national organizations that have helpful resources and job banks.

Sarasota Opera
Position Title:
Grants Officer*
Reports to: Director of Development or Designee*
Works closely with: Executive Director Director of Development Individual Giving Officer Corporate and Special Events Officer Development Assistant Youth Opera Coordinator Position Summary

The Grants Officer reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for managing all aspects of the grant process: needs assessment, research, cultivation of relationships with grantmakers, writing, and progress reporting. This position communicates internally with multiple departments to determine company needs and new programs for possible funding opportunities as well as to monitor grant agreement fulfillment for reports. He/she also researches foundations and other grant funding sources, matching organizational needs with funding interests and guidelines.

Responsibilities: Grants
• Must meet annual grant fundraising goals.
• Builds and maintains annual grant and report writing
• Researches those foundations that primarily focus on the arts, youth programs, opera, and/or capital projects. Submits inquiry letters or written applications to foundations, as appropriate, by required deadlines. Develops relationships with foundations, were appropriate.
• Ensures foundation compliance requirements are met for awarded grants.
• Ensures the acknowledgement of foundation gifts and produces materials required for recognition in the program book and on signs or printed materials, as appropriate.
• Reports program outcomes and use of funds to respective foundations.
• Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with Sarasota Opera staff, city officials and employees, the general public, and representatives of other agencies toward the accomplishment of assigned projects.
• Coordinates press releases, newsletter, and e-mail announcements as needed in conjunction with the Marketing Department. Hours of Work Part-time, averaging 25-30 hours per week. Some required attendance at opera events especially during the opera seasons. All members of the Development Team actively participate in the cultivation and stewardship of our patrons. Vacation is not granted during periods when we are performing. Required Skills:
• Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.
• Ability to produce high-quality, clearly written, jargon-free, and grammatically correct documents of varying length; ability to reduce large amounts of information to concise points.
• Demonstrated ability to gather data, compile information, keep accurate records, and prepare reports. • Ability to work independently with minimal direction.
• Ability to develop and maintain relationships with funders.
• Proven project management and organization skills. Ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines.
• Good judgment, ability to handle sensitive or confidential information.
• Minimum 3 years working in grant writing and/or fundraising.
• Arts background, knowledge of opera, and experience in writing grants for arts organizations, a plus.
• Knowledge of federal, state, and county grant regulations desirable.
• Demonstrated computer literacy with Microsoft Office products a must. Knowledge of Tessitura a plus. Salary: Competitive salary.

To Apply: Send your resume, a cover letter explaining your interest, and the names and contact information for three references to Applications accepted until position is filled. Position available immediately. Sarasota Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Ringling
Job Title: Temporary Marketing Production Manager, Sarasota, FL
Job ID: 37090
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Anticipated Salary Range: $20/hour

How to Apply: All applications must be submitted online at: For technical assistance call (941)359-5700. All other inquiries e-mail

Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent and 2 years of experience, experience in production management and coordination, including purchasing and project management for all aspects of publications. Requires self-starting individual with excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills, both verbal and written. Also requires competency in problem solving, negotiation and estimating, knowledge of purchasing and production of all aspects of printing and other marketing needs. Schedule Temporary part-time position with anticipated appointment dates of May 10th through September 15th. Dates are subject to change. Approximately 25-30 hours per week. Responsibilities The Marketing Production Manager is responsible for tracking, coordinating, prioritizing, scheduling, and distributing projects in a diverse range of visual communications, including publications, newsletters, advertisements, posters, invitations and other presentation materials and products to meet the Museum's communication and marketing needs. Additionally, the Production Manager is responsible for coordination of the purchase of all print, online transit and broadcast media working in partnership with the Director of Marketing and Communications. Duties include : tracking all projects in an online production management software system, following up with stakeholders throughout proofing processes, gathering estimates for print collateral and following up with all vendors through delivery of collateral, gathering content and images for designers, coordinating feedback from stakeholders to designers, and purchasing of print, online, transit, and broadcast media.

Equal Employment Opportunity An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: Affordable Care Act OPS employees are covered under the Affordable Care Act. OPS employees that meet certain criteria will be offered affordable health care coverage. For more information, please visit the following website regarding the Affordable Care Act,

The Ringling
Job Title: Youth & Family Programs Manager
Job ID: 37026 Full/Part Time: Full-Time

*Please Note: Only applications with a resume/CV and a cover letter will be considered for this position.*

Anticipated Salary Range: Low to mid 30,000's a year with Florida state benefits available

Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Museum Studies, Museum Education, Art History, Studio Art or Art Education and two years of experience related to the responsibilities of this position (Note: higher education infield can substitute for experience), experience in designing and presenting youth, family, and intergenerational programming in a museum setting, excellent verbal and written communication skills, top candidate must have successful completion of a criminal history background check to include fingerprinting before offer. Preferred: Master's Degree in Museum Education or Art Education, two years of experience in Museum Education, K-12 classroom experience and a familiarity with state standards, experience with community outreach.

Responsibilities: Designs, implements, evaluates, and administers youth and family programming for The Ringling's permanent collections, including: the Art Museum (Old Master, Modern and Contemporary, Asian), Circus Museum, Ca'd'Zan, grounds and gardens, and temporary exhibitions. Conducts research and collaborates with other Education and Museum Staff to develop programs that are aligned with the strategic goals of The Ringling, FSU, and the Education Department. Designs collateral materials to support youth and family programs. Researches and designs interactive activities to interpret The Ringling's venues and permanent collections, and selected temporary exhibitions. In conjunction with the Education department and other Ringling staff, oversees the Ringling's community summer camp program, including researching and writing activities, marketing to community groups, and implementing the programs. Collaborates with Marketing & Communications department to identify Youth and Family markets, develops marketing strategies, and prepares marketing materials. Networks with local, regional, and national Youth and Family groups and organizations to raise the profile of the Ringling's Youth and Family programs. Recruits, trains, and coordinates volunteers. Occasionally mentors interns. Supports Scholastics Programs and conducts tours for the public as needed.

Equal Employment Opportunity An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

Florida Studio Theatre’s Education Department is seeking a part-time Teaching Artist to join our in-school team. We conduct a variety of workshops in local elementary, middle and high schools. The right candidate will be high energy, willing to utilize a variety of teaching methods, have a background in the Arts and will reside in the Sarasota area. To apply, please email resume and cover letter to James Ashford, Casting & Hiring Coordinator at

Arist Series Concerts of Sarasota

DESCRIPTION OVERVIEW: To procure funds for Artist Series Concerts while promoting its mission and programs as well as its vision and values.

1) To assure the continuity of existing funding sources to include current grants, individual donors, corporate and in-kind sponsorships, and Artist Series Concerts’ Friends volunteer organization.
2) To develop and manage a comprehensive multi-faceted fund raising program for Artist Series Concerts to include including those listed in item #1 above as well as new initiatives to broaden the overall funding base to include operating endowment, scholarship program endowment, planned giving, and enhanced grant-seeking initiatives.
3) This is a contract position. Anticipated time commitment per week of 20-25 hours. Hours are flexible; office space and equipment is available. Reports to Executive Director. Interacts with Executive Assistant who maintains donor database.

Mail: 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300, Sarasota, FL 34236
Email: (Note that this is a permanent, contract position)


Sarasota Opera is seeking an Individual Giving Officer to join our development team. This position is responsible for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual contributors at the $75-$4,999 level. Responsibilities also include managing special giving circles and serving as staff liaison with the Guilds. The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, a proven ability to work with donors, a strong work ethic as well as excellent computer skills. A minimum of 3 years fundraising and/or related experience is required and arts experience is a plus. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references to EOE


Summer 2014 Paid Internship Program
The Ringling
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida will be offering paid internships to be held for ten weeks, from June 2 – August 8, 2014 (the dates of the theater internship are June 9 – August 2). Ringling is part of Florida State University and serves as the State Art Museum of Florida. Located on a 66-acre site overlooking Sarasota Bay, it consists of an art museum, two circus museums, historic home, theater, and research library.

Summer internships at the Ringling combine practical, hands-on experience working on a project for a specific department with exposure to all aspects of the Museum’s operation. The internships are in the following departments: Collections Management Curatorial Asian Art Education Library Historic Asolo Theater (2 positions) Visitor Services/Hospitality Interns earn $11.25 per hour (less taxes) and are paid bi-weekly. Interns are responsible for their own housing (the Museum will assist with locating nearby rentals).

Candidates for Collections Management, Curatorial, Education, and Library internships must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application, or have received a graduate degree no earlier than December 2013. Candidates for the theater internship should have a minimum of two years technical theater experience and a recently completed a degree in Theater. Candidates for the Visitor Services internship should have recently completed a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. Enrollment in a related Master’s Degree program is preferred. International applicants must have a current US Visa and be eligible to work in the US. The positions require fingerprinting. The Museum encourages students from all backgrounds to apply and is committed to a culturally diverse group.

Application materials can be found on the Museum’s website at The application deadline is 3/3/2014


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Ringling College of Art and Design

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New College of Florida

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Do you have an arts opportunity you would like to post on the Website?

Submit your information to:
Danae DeShazer, Communications Manager
(941) 365-5118 ext.304

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