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"We, as a community, need to be looking to our arts and cultural community to continue to lead the way for economic growth."

- Jim Shirley, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

[Arts and Culture]  The Economic Impact of Arts and Culture
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

The nation’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations received a report card of sorts this weekend with the release of Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5)—a countrywide economic impact survey from Americans for the Arts measuring the contribution of arts and culture nonprofits at the national, state and county levels for the year 2015. And while Jim Shirley, executive director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, which facilitated the county’s participation in the survey, warns that the report has just arrived and needs more analysis, early indicators such as job growth and total industry expenditures give Sarasotans reason to celebrate. “There’s a lot of activity going on,” he says. “The impact of arts and culture in Sarasota County is probably greater than we all understand.”

Going on first impressions, Shirley looks for what he calls “impact indicators”—those data points that point to growth beyond the statistic itself. Job growth, measured in the AEP5 as Full-Time Equivalent Jobs Supported, is one such indicator, says Shirley, and saw a roughly 20-percent increase from the previous economic impact survey, conducted for the year 2010 and released in 2012. At that time, jobs supported by arts and culture nonprofits measured at 4,579 jobs; the AEP5 places that total at 5,517 for 2015. Importantly, says Shirley, these jobs refer to more than actors and musicians, but professionals of all stripes, from electricians and plumbers to computer techs and marketing professionals. And all of these people live and work and spend in the local economy. “They are contributing money back into the economy,” says Shirley, “in addition to the money they and their organization help bring in.”

Another important indicator, total industry expenditure (money spent in the local economy by arts and culture nonprofits), rose by more than 60 percent to a total of more than $295 million. Taken together, Shirley says the increases amount to more than simply a recovery from recession levels, but a move into a “supportive economy” for arts and culture in Sarasota County. More than a sign of economic recovery, it’s a sign that the county’s dedication to excellence in its cultural programming is having an effect and drawing supporters to Sarasota from across the country. “It’s not an accident that we have two of the largest community foundations in the state of Florida,” says Shirley. “That’s because the arts attract people who know what it takes to build community and they’re willing to put their money, time and volunteer efforts behind it.”

To view the full AEP5 report and to investigate the methodology, follow the link below. 

Arts and Economic Prosperity 5

[Good Bite]  Summer with a Naughty Blonde
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

A summer beer for the mischievous and bold, the Naughty Blonde Ale from the brewmasters at Naughty Monk Brewery has quickly risen to the top of the Lakewood Ranch-based brewhouse’s select craft offerings thanks to a strong signature flavor, high alcohol content and perfect pairing with the summer heat. A Belgian-style blonde ale, the Naughty Blonde brings together crystal hops, orange peels, coriander and a few secret ingredients the house keeps under wraps for a summer ale both crisp and light, but with a healthy kick and malty finish. A spin-off, or “little sister,” of Naughty Monk’s Mad Willie Tripel, the goal was to great a lighter version. Coming in at 6-percent alcohol content, the Naughty Blonde remains a stronger draft than some are accustomed to, but that’s just the Belgian style, say the folks at Naughty Monk. For those not able to make it out to Lakewood Ranch, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing just picked up the Naughty Blonde—the first from Naughty Monk—so look for it in stores. A true local brewery, local ingredients such as cane sugar and oranges are used whenever possible. 

Photo courtesy of Naughty Monk Brewery.

Naughty Monk Brewery, 2507 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, 941-708-2966.

[Recognition]  Ringling College Game Art Alum Wins First Place at E3

Ringling College graduate Trent Sivek (Game Art, ’17) has been announced as this year’s E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) College Game Competition first place winner, after exhibiting his game, Phonetica, at the E3 showroom this past week in Los Angeles. An interactive game in which the players make their way through a musical palace, Sivek created Phonetica as a Ringling College Game Art senior thesis project, and it was selected in early May as one of five finalists chosen from over 400 colleges and universities. This marks the first time in the history of the Ringling College Game Art program that a student or graduate’s work has been selected for the E3 College Game Competition. On top of that, Sivek conceived, created and programmed the game by himself, competing against and defeating games in the competition that were created by teams of many students. In the first round of the competition, the judging panel selects five entrants based on the following criteria: originality, creativity and technical proficiency. To advance to the next round, a finalist must be accompanied to the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, where the judges review once more based on the above criteria. The entrant with the highest score wins. 

Ringling College of Art & Design

[Executive Moves ]  Hearn Joins Polo Grill and Bar as Executive Chef

Jaryd Hearn recently rejoined the staff of the Polo Grill and Bar, a Lakewood Ranch-based restaurant serving American cuisine, as its new executive chef. Hearn, who resides in Lakewood Ranch, returns to Polo Grill and Bar after working in Chicago for two years at the world-renowned Michelin 3-star restaurant Alinea. There, he worked his way up the ranks to sous chef. Hearn first joined the Polo Grill and Bar team in 2012 as a trainee while studying at Keiser University before eventually landing an apprenticeship. He spent the next three years learning under Polo Grill and Bar proprietor and chef Tommy Klauber. Since returning to Polo Grill and Bar three months ago, Hearn has been working with Klauber again to bring a rustic modern approach to Polo Grill and Bar through its food and decor. Hearn awill also be working with local growers to maintain the seasonal menus the restaurant has become known for over the years. 

Polo Grill and Bar

[Exec Moves]  Take Stock Announces Officers and Board

Take Stock in Children of Manatee County recently announced its Board of Directors for the 2017–18 fiscal year. The officers include Vincent Foderingham as chair, Mark Barnebey as vice chair, Anne Heller as secretary, Michael Corley as treasurer and Sandy Haas-Martens as assistant treasurer. The new board members include Edward G. Viltz, Dr. Phyllis Brooks, Ghingo Brooks, Dr. Laurey Stryker and Terry Rehfeld. Continuing board members are Mark Arnold, Dan Doyle, Elaine Graham, Brent King, Marc Krupp, Patrick Mackey and Lori Mirandilla. 

Take Stock Manatee

[Exec Moves]  Eckstein Affiliates with Coldwell Banker

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has announced that Anna Eckstein has become an affiliated sales associate with the company’s Sarasota Central office. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is a full-service residential real estate brokerage company with more than 85 offices and 5,000 sales associates serving the communities of Central Florida, Flagler, Brevard, Palm Beach, Southeast Florida, Southwest Florida, Tampa Bay and the Panhandle. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is a subsidiary of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. 

Coldwell Banker Homes

[TODAY]  THEATER: Broadway in Black , June 21 – July 23

This summer, the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe salutes Broadway with an original revue by Nate Jacobs. Sing along with your favorite songs from award- winning shows and breakthrough roles that helped launch the careers of such Black artists as Melba Moore in Purlie, Ben Vereen in Pippin, Jennifer Holliday in Dreamgirls, and Nell Carter in Ain't Misbehavin'. It's Broadway, WBTT syle...electrifying! 

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe , 1343 Main St. Suite 402 Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Taste Magazine and Le Bordeaux French Wine Dinner , June 22, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Come to Le Bordeaux to enjoy a five course wine pairing dinner. Courses include escardgot å la bordelaise, salade gascogne, medallion de veau sauce perigourdine et ses légumes, black grouper menuiére and poired pochées au vin. 

Le Bordeaux , 1900 Main Street, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Painting Floral Still Lifes , June 23 – June 25

Artists will learn how to quickly sketch "Alla Prima," the colorful harmonies and abstract patterns of some of nature's most vibrant subject matter. This seminar will highlight color composition and painting from life under nature's light. 

Southern Atelier , 7226 21st St. E., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: High School Musical Jr. , June 23 – June 24

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life in Disney’s High School Musical Jr. The students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike.

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Celebrate International Day of Yoga at Selby Garden , June 24, 8:00am-9:30 am

Calling all Yogis and Yoginis! Join Pineapple Yoga Studios at Selby Gardens in celebrating International Day of Yoga on June 24 with a morning of limber exercise. Claudia Baeza and Lauren Beth Jacobs will co-teach an hour long all levels yoga class on the beautiful Great Lawn Pavilion at Selby Gardens. Everyone from advanced Yoga instructors to new Yogis are invited to attend this free donation based yoga event to support Selby Gardens and the Pineapple Yoga Studio Teacher Training Scholarship Fund. There will also be a children's corner with a Children's Yoga Instructor, so please bring your little Pineapples along! DJ Neon Tiger will be providing the music and a photobooth will be in the garden so you can capture yourself mastering yoga poses. To get more involved with the sarasota yoga community check out Pineapple Yoga's Instagram for their 6 days 6 Yoga pose challenge. Registration for the event opens at 8:00am with the class beginning at 8:30am. See you and your Tribe soon!

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Powerboat 2017 Grand Prix Festival , June 24 – July 4

The 33rd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival returns June 24-July 4 with events for the entire family to enjoy. Powerboat and AquaX Pro race teams will compete for the checkered flag on July 1 and 2 just off Lido Beach with televised coverage to over 100 countries beginning late July.  New events this year include a Grand Prix Comedy Night at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, a venue change for the Festival Kickoff Party to Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens, and a Grand Prix Fan Fest on July 1 and 2 in the Van Wezel parking lot.  The Fan Fest is free with Suncoast Charities for Children producing the entire Festival, including the July 4th Bayfront Fireworks.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Volunteer Interest Coffee , June 24, 9:00-11:00am

Interested in becoming a Mote volunteer but need more information? Join them for a causal volunteer interest coffee in Mote's WAVE Center (former Sea Cinema). Staff from the volunteer office and current Mote volunteers will be available to answer any questions you may have about the benefits, commitment and rewarding opportunities that come with being a volunteer.

Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Just For Laughs , June 29 – July 28, 9:45am, 11:30am, 1:30pm

Join FST Children’s Theatre this summer for a one of-a-kind improvised experience that will tickle your funny bone! This improv and music extravaganza is completely made up on the spot every performance based on your suggestion and your participation. The cast will perform scenes, make up songs, and tell stories that will be appropriate for all ages. No two shows are alike! Best of all, those who want to jump on stage will have the chance to interact with us. Their show is ideal for family outings, birthday parties, and camp field trips. FUN for the whole family! Recommended for children ages 4+

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: America the Beautiful: A Patriotic Celebration , July 1, 7:30pm

Just in time for the Fourth of July, join Brian Gurl and friends on a patriotic adventure as you experience a captivating, exhilarating show honoring the music of American Legends such as Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, Lee Greenwood, Elivis Presley, George M. Cohan, John Philip Sousa and more! For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.theplayers.org/shows/snap/

The Players Theatre of Sarasota, 838 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: 9th Annual Sarasota Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular , July 4, 11:00 am-10:00 pm

Join Marina Jack for their annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Independence Day between 11:00 am-10:00pm. Indulge in the decadent menus from the Dining Room, Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill and Deep Six Lounge & Piano Bar all while enjoying the magnificent display of lights in the sky. Marina Jack II will host a three hour cruise featuring a buffet, live music and premier viewing of the fireworks display.

Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne , July 5 – August 6

In this award winning southern regional premiere, tenacious and flamboyant 14 year-old Leonard Pelkey disappears. A small town New Jersey detective slowly unravels the mystery, portraying over a dozen eccentric characters along the way. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: YPG After Hours at Escape Countdown , July 6, 5:30-7:30pm

Come join us YPG Thursday, July 6th at Escape Countdown for the area's largest monthly networking event, YPG After Hours! With an average of 80-100 young professionals gathering on the first Thursday of each month you're guaranteed to make new friends, secure new clients, and learn more about what Sarasota has to offer. Along with great drink specials, enjoy appetizing lite bites for the duration of the event.

Escape Countdown , 6525 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

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