Sarasota County Arts Council
EdExploreSRQEdExploreSRQ 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. 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.

Easter Seals logoEaster Seals of Southwest Florida has developed a unique art initiative program for participants in their Adult Day Training program.  Many of the adults are very creative and this program is inspirational in helping the artists develop their talents and abilities.

Most of the artists are in wheelchairs with limited mobility or have developmental disabilities and receive a small disability income. Sellng their artwork enables the artist to earn extra money while building their confidence and self-esteem.

For more information, or to tour the Easter Seals of Southwest Florida gallery, call:
Local: (941) 355-7637
Toll Free: (800) 807-7809



Expressive Arts FloridaExpressive Arts Florida is founded on a firm belief in the positive power of every person’s creativity.

This program is committed to the practice, education, advocacy and expansion of the expressive arts in the community and beyond. Expressive Arts Florida offers opportunities for vital creative expression to diverse people of all ages and life circumstances, fostering wellbeing, community building, and positive social and global change.

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Kaleidoscope PerformersKaleidoscope is an innovative partnership between the Asolo Repertory Theatre and Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities (CHAC).

This year's Kaleidoscope program continues to create an opportunity for groundbreaking theatrical work as Kaleidoscope staff members help the participants grow as performers and individuals. Clinical goals, set for each participant, are achieved through creative exploration, which strengthens a variety of communications skills and ultimately enriches their everyday lives.

For more information contact CHAC at:
(941) 355-8808




Circus Sarasota logoLaughter Unlimited is a unique program of Circus Sarasota.  Utilizing the knowledge to serve the community, Laughter Unlimited has developed a comprehensive care service program providing professional clowns, circus entertainers and trained volunteers to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, day care centers, hospitals and other institutions bringing joy and laughter to "children of all ages."

The Laughter Unlimited program has created a masterful blend of therapeutic medicine Circus Sarasota calls "Humor Therapy".

For more information contact:
Karen Bell, Program Manager



Ringling Museum Logo

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art offers a variety of programs for both students and adults.

This summer, students can take part in CSI: Cool Summer Investigations. Designed to be a self-guided activity for children ages 6 & up, students will follow the trail of lions and mythical beings hidden all over the Ringling Estate. Students will experience the Museum of Art, the two Circus Museums, the gardens and grounds. CSI is free for children and the museum will supply all the materials needed for the hunt.

For life long learners, Ringling Museum offers university-level seminars at their Cultural Institute, a lecture series with presentations by museum staff and guest lecturers, and the popular "Spotlight Series."

For more information call (941) 359-5700.



Manatee Players logoLiteracy Live! is a unique, one of a kind program specifically tailored for the youth of Manatee County. Through workshops, games and targeted study guides, Manatee Players will expose local children to the art of live theatre. This is an ongoing program to provide the opportunity to supplement the classroom experience with arts integrated curriculum.

For more information contact:
Rick Kerby, Managing Artistic Director




Ringling College LogoRingling College of Art + Design's Continuing Studies programs for adults and teens offer noncredit workshops and courses in fine arts, design, digital media, art marketing, illustration, photography and much more.  Professional CEUs are available for educators, designers, interior designers, teachers, therapists and nurses.

Unique art travel tours and workshop retreats offer all encompassing cultural and creative experiences.  Ringling College's distinguished faculty includes professional and working artists and designers, digital artists, historians and authors. Through their dedication and commitment, Ringling College fosters lifetime learning and strives to cultivate community and global interaction.

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SILL LogoThe Sarasota Institute of Lifelong Learning (SILL) is a nonprofit organization that offers an annual expert lecture series to provide information on and discussion of the arts and contemporary global issues.  Learn more about SILL's Music Monday sessions.

For more information call (941) 365-6404.




Senior Friendship Centers logoSenior Friendship Centers are committed to encouraging healthy aging.  Senior Friendship Centers host a variety of lifelong learning programs, taught by volunteers and offered to the community’s active adults over 55 at no cost.

The Senior Friendship Centers offer everything from classes on creative writing and computers, to a myriad of creative courses on dancing, wood carving, painting, ceramics, and other crafts.

For more information call:
Local: (941) 955-2122
Toll Free: (866) 955-2122

FDCAFlorida DIvision of Cultural Affairs is Florida's state arts agency. The Division promotes arts and culture as essential to quality of life for all Floridians. Arts and culture contribute to a vibrant and creative Florida. These diverse resources include arts in education, local arts agency, state service organization, theater, dance, folks arts, literature, media arts, museum, multidisciplinary, music, sponsor/presenter, and visual arts programs and projects.

Thank you to the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs for a grant in 2010-11 supporting the programs, activities, and organizations of the Arts and Cultural Alliance.

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The Arts Council - Sarasota's Source for the Arts