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"This scholarship could have an impact on students and change their lives forever, because it lets them get a degree in their passion."

- Teri Hansen, Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation

[Philanthropy]  Barancik Funds Newest Ringling Masterpiece
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A new scholarship program at Ringling College of Art and Design will ensure students can get a degree there without taking on debt, and may just set up a new model for long-term education philanthropy. 

A $1-million endowment established by the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation will provide recipients full tuition support at the Sarasota college for four years of study. The gift also established the foundation as the fourth member of the Ringling College Masterpiece Society. More than a prestigious title, the designation means the college will promise the new scholarship will forever cover tuition regardless of growth in the endowment or rise in price at the school. “We guarantee that as an institution,” says Ringling President Dr. Larry Thompson. “It’s a very special kind of thing.”

It proved enticing enough to inspire the largest scholarship gift yet from the Barancik Foundation, which launched in 2014. Teri Hansen, president and CEO of the foundation, says the scholarship will provide the means for talented students who otherwise would not get the chance to attend such a prestigious school. “Oftentimes, families aren’t inclined to take loans or go into heavy debt for an art degree,” Hansen says. “There is still this myth of the starving artist, but Rngling College has completely turned that around. This scholarship could have an impact on students and change their lives forever, because it lets them get a degree in their passion.”

Ringing officials say the idea of the Masterpiece Society and the guarantee of an endowment’s impact in perpetuity first came up in discussion in 2014. Ringing Trustee Michael Klein suggested the structure because he wanted certainty that a scholarship set up to completely provide for a student’s financial need would remain effective regardless of economic change in the future. Stacey Corley, Ringling vice president for advancement, said the idea proved enticing and officials explored how much money would be needed to provide such a guarantee. “You never know how an endowment will go, but it’s a long-term investment so it should grow over time to take care of variations in the marketplace,” she says.

Like all endowments, the college will only touch the spinoff funding from the endowment to fund the scholarship.Ultimately, the school determined if an endowment can be fully funded at $1 million, a guarantee will be provided by the college to cover tuition even if during certain years the endowment’s growth doesn’t cover the current price of tuition, and the corpus of the endowment still won’t be mined. Donors can create and contribute to a Masterpiece Society endowment over time and provide a percentage of tuition for recipients, but until the full $1-million funding is reached there’s no such guarantee.

Klein became the first Masterpiece Society member, establishing the Michael and Marcy Klein scholarship in 2017. Since then, Ringling donors John and Mary Ann Meyer funded a scholarship, as did donor Dale Strohl. 

[Music]  Venice Symphony Appoints Troy Quinn Music Director

The Venice Symphony Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Troy Quinn as the new Music Director/Conductor of The Venice Symphony. Quinn will be conducting six of the seven classical and pops concerts in the 2018-19 season, programmed by Leif Bjaland. Troy Quinn is completing his three-year tenure as Music Director of the Juneau Symphony with his final concert on June 3, 2018. He will continue to serve as Music Director of the Owensboro Symphony in Kentucky. Quinn is also a member of the conducting faculty at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and resides in Los Angeles. The Venice Symphony Music Director Search Committee began the conductor search in 2015 under the leadership of Ed Campbell. The Committee narrowed the field of 164 applicants to seven finalists, each who conducted a concert in The Venice Symphony’s 2017-18 “Finding Maestro” season. The other finalists were Teresa Cheung, Silas N. Huff, Janna Hymes, Steven Jarvi, Stilian Kirov and Wesley Schulz. 

Venice Symphony

[Architecture]  Sarasota Design Conference Coming to Hyatt Regency

The American Institute of Architects Florida Gulf Coast Chapter will host the Sarasota Design Conference from June 8-10, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. This biennial conference has a 30-year history of featuring speakers on the cutting edge of the profession from the US and abroad. This year’s theme, Designing for Change, focuses on how architects are responding to changes in climate, agriculture, society, transportation and technology. During the course of the three days, there will be six speaker presentations, a panel discussion, architecture tours and a workshop titled Salty Urbanism, where participants will increase their knowledge on flooding and building resilient environments. Presentations of the results of the Workshop will be held at 12:45 on Sunday, June 10, 2018 and is free to attend. 

Sarasota Design Conference

[Education]  SMH-SMA Partner, Pilot High School Oncology Internship

Sarasota Memorial’s Cancer Institute team recognized six high school students from Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) who helped pilot a new oncology internship program at the hospital this year. The SMH-SMA community partnership allowed the six cadets to spend two hours each week at the hospital observing and learning during a pilot program that started with three students last fall and concluded with a second trio that completed the program in May. The students spent four months during the school’s fall and spring semester rotating through different areas of the hospital, shadowing physicians, pathologists, oncology navigators, nurses, clinical educators and other cancer care specialists, as they learned about topics ranging from diagnostic testing and genetic counseling to advanced cancer treatments and clinical trials. The students were selected by SMA based on academic performance and their deep interest in the medical field. 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

[Philanthropy]  JFSM Receives Cornerstone Gift from Greenspons

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee has received a cornerstone lead gift from community philanthropist Larry Greenspon, creating The Larry Greenspon Family Campus for Jewish Life and The Larry and Mary Greenspon Sports Complex. The gift will be used for the redevelopment of its 32-acre campus on McIntosh Road in Sarasota. For many years, Larry and Mary Greenspon have been strong supporters of the Federation. Most recently, they were the lead sponsors of the well-attended Israel@70 community programs and Larry was also honored with the Federation’s “Man of Valor” award. During the last several months, Federation management and its board have been working on plans to both refurbish and redevelop its campus. Formal announcements regarding a community-wide capital campaign and other related initiatives will be forthcoming later this year. 

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

[Business]  Vallely Joins Sabal Palm Bank

Sabal Palm Bank has announced that Heather Vallely has joined the team at the 5101 Fruitville Avenue location as customer service representative. Vallely has been in community banking in the local market for the last fourteen years and brings her customer service experience to the Sabal Palm Bank team. She spent seven years at the Insignia Bank branch located at Fruitville and Cattlemen roads, giving her extensive experience meeting the customer needs in the area. Vallely has lived in the Sarasota area since 2001, being originally from Litchfield, CT. Her community involvement has included YPG Sarasota and the RCIA and youth programs at the Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. 

Sabal Palm Bank

[Real Estate]  Ryntal Property Promotes Colbey to Leasing Manager

Ryntal Property Management, a leader in residential property management, has announced the promotion of Colbey Mason to leasing manager. Colbey will lead the company’s team of leasing agents and oversee leasing for all rental properties throughout Sarasota and Manatee County. Colbey joined Ryntal in 2015 as a leasing agent. She is also a licensed Realtor. Colbey’s experience, exceptional leadership and dedication to providing excellent customer service exemplify the Ryntal Property Management philosophy focused on extraordinary levels of service for its clients. 

Ryntal Property Management

[TODAY]  MUSIC: Sarasota Music Festival , June 4 – June 23

Classical musicians from around the world converge for three weeks of breathtaking concerts, featuring artists such as Vijay Venkatesh and Robert Sirota.

Sarasota Orchestra, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Free Kids' Summer Beach Run , June 5 – August 8, 6:30pm

Starting June 5 and June 6, the free Kids' Summer Beach Runs will be offered every Tuesday and Wednesday for the next three months, alternating between Siesta Beach and Brohard Beach. Registration begins at 5:30pm near the playground at Siesta and near the Venice Fishing Pier at Brohard. Kids who complete four runs receive a free T-shirt, and all runners receive a ribbon and a free ice pop with each run.

Siesta Beach and Brohard Beach, 948 Beach Rd., Siesta Key; 1600 Harbor Dr., Venice.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , June 5, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, as he shows you the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied to you and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training session will be given before the trip for those who wish to take it. Take a break on the “crown jewel” of local beaches and take a swim or a walk before paddling back to the mainland.


American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SPORTS: 2nd Annual Big Run 5K for Global Running Day , June 6, 6pm

Fleet Feet Sports Sarasota, the local retail leader in building and supporting the Sarasota running and physically active community, will join in Global Running Day as part of a nationwide 5K Big Run celebration. Designed to unify the efforts of running communities in different locations across the U.S. behind one event, the more than 70 participating Fleet Feet stores across the country collectively drew more than 12,000 participants in 2017.  The event is open to all ages and ability levels and the 3.1-mile-long course will take participants down to and around Sarasota’s Bayfront.

Fleet Feet Sarasota, 711 South Osprey, Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Jungle Book , June 6 – June 24

Join Mowgli, Baloo and friends when Asolo Rep presents the world premiere of Jungle Book from the creators of the hit show Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Using the same jaw-dropping multi-media theatrical approach, Jungle Book re-imagines Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories through modern eyes to transport audiences to the world’s jungles. Family Day is June 16; Family Package pricing starts at just $15 per ticket when one person in the party is 18 or younger.

Asolo Repertory Theatre , 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  THEATER: Incognito , June 8 – July 8

In a cerebral journey through neuroscience, amnesia, and the theft of Albert Einstein’s brain, playwright Nick Payne investigates the nature of identity in a series of mysterious and touching interwoven tales.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Latin Jazz with the Viva Cal Sextet , June 9, 8pm

Come enjoy Latin Jazz with the Viva Cal Sextet, featuring an All Star cast of musicians including Jose Antonio Lao on Timbales, Michelle Salazar on Bass, Hector Mayoral on Vocals, Bongos, Bell and Chekere, Alexis Montalvo on Piano, Cole Hazlitt on Vibraphone, Frankie Pineiro on elongated bongos.  Band leader Frankie Pineiro has long been a fixture of the Tampa Bay Jazz community. 

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Bordeaux Wine Tasting Set , June 9, 6:30pm

The 2014 and 2015 highly-anticipated vintages of Bordeaux available through Michael’s Wine Cellar will officially debut, hosted by Michael’s Wine Cellar Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber immediately following Klauber’s return from a Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club wine-buying journey through Bordeaux, France. Admission is $50 per person, with each guest receiving a $25 retail voucher for purchases of $50 or more to be utilized the evening of the tasting for the purchase of featured Bordeaux wines. Advanced reservations are required. Admission includes hors d'oeuvres and tastes of more than 20 Bordeaux wines.

Michael's On East, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Floridian Artists Exhibition , June 8 – June 30

As the warm summer heat sets in, 530 Burns Gallery is pleased to highlight artists who hail from Florida. Summertime and sunshine always bring inspiration, and each artist uses his or her diverse style to create innovative and original art works. Featured artists include Gary Borse, Linda Richichi, Katie Cassidy, Todd Andrew Babb, Randy Colbath and Bettina Sego.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: Countertechnique Workshop with Kira Blazek Ziaii , June 11 – June 13, 9:30am-11:30am

American performer, choreographer and educator Kira Blazek Ziaii will provide tools for the body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st century. Within a clear structure of exercises, the class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance Home Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts Ste. 300, Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 12 – July 28

The 2018 Circus Spectacular will amaze and dazzle you. Join the performers for an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Carole's Kings , June 12 – July 15

Be transported back in time with Carole's Kings, an all-male Carole King tribute that mixes fabulous music with clever writing by The Second City, the legendary home of sketch comedy and improv. With a cast fresh from Broadway, Carole’s Kings will have you singing and dancing along to “The Locomotion,” “You've Got a Friend,” and “I Feel the Earth Move.” Jam-packed with humor, this salute to Carole King will take you back to when she was the queen of the airwaves.

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

[SOON]  DANCE: Behind the Curtain with Kira Blazek Ziaii , June 15, 3pm

Come out and enjoy an open rehearsal with Choreographer Kira Blazek Ziaii and Sarasota Contemporary Dance dancers followed by a Q&A session.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance Home Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts Ste. 300, Sarasota.

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