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SRQ DAILY May 15, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Buildings which have been designed, but not built, exist for me, if no one else."

- Paul Rudolph

[Architecture]  SAF and CFAS Imagine the Possibilities with Rudolph Exhibition
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

From the Umbrella House in Lido Shores and the addition to the Sarasota High School, to houses and homes ranging from Siesta Key’s Cohen House to Casey Key’s Burkhardt-Cohen House and the Taylor Residence in Venice, the work of acclaimed architect Paul Rudolph, in part, defines this local built environment—and has been celebrated as such. But what of those projects imagined yet unrealized? What further architectural additions might have been? Unbuilt Rudolph, an exhibition created by Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) and opening tomorrow at Center For Architecture Sarasota (CFAS), sheds some light on the question.

Curated by Nathan Skiles, the exhibition highlights 13 projects that Rudolph designed, but that were never built, using high-quality reproductions of Rudolph’s own conceptual drawings, now preserved in the Library of Congress. The projects come from the years 1948–1956, and all were to be constructed in Florida, including six planned for Sarasota and some designed in collaboration with Ralph Twitchell. In all, the slate ranges from houses to retail, and even a church and an airport.

Unbuilt Rudolph initially debuted for a limited three-day run as part of the 2018 Sarasota MOD Weekend, celebrating the centennial of Rudolph’s birth, but scheduling conflicts prevented a longer showcase at the time. This fresh exhibition gives viewers a second chance to take a peek, while CFAS and SAF take their first shot at collaboration.

“It’s a beautiful exhibition and we’re proud to have it,” says CFAS Board Chairperson David Lowe, who served as Skiles’ assistant in installing the exhibition this past Tuesday. Grouped in clusters of four or five, or lining the far wall, Rudolph’s carefully designed dreams arrest the eyes, commanding the room without insisting. Lowe cannot help but gush. “The images are just gorgeous,” he says. “I don’t know how long Rudolph spent on these-”

“A long time,” assures Dr. Christopher Wilson, SAF Board Chair.

“There’s one where he did a dot for like every blade of grass,” Lowe continues.

And though Rudolph eventually set up shop in New York City and designed buildings as far abroad as Hong Kong and Indonesia, for Wilson, there remains something special about Rudolph’s time in Sarasota. “He left a huge mark in a very short time,” he says.

Lowe agrees: “He’s what put mid-century modernism on the map in Sarasota.”

Opening Thursday with a 5:30pm opening reception at the CFAS McCulloch Pavilion, Unbuilt Rudolph will be on display through June 15. On May 30, Wilson will lead a walkthrough, and, on June 6, Carl Abbott will deliver a lecture on Rudolph’s life and work. 

Pictured: Paul Rudolph's 1954 design for what would have been the Bostwick Residence in Palm Beach. Image courtesy of SAF and the Library of Congress.

[Philanthropy]  Hensons Recognized with LULAC Advancing Equity Award

Joe and Mary Kay Henson have been recognized by the Florida League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) for contributions that advance educational equity and academic outcomes for Sarasota County’s youngest students. The Hensons received the Advancing Equity award for their work in developing and funding impactful programs such as the Summer Learning Academies in Title I schools, which help students and families prepare for school by taking part in enriching learning experiences that help reduce the negative effects of the summer learning slide through a two-generation approach for family learning. 

In addition, the Hensons sponsor a pre-kindergarten program at Gocio Elementary School for 4- and 5-year old children who have not participated in preschool due to a lack of resources. This program prepares young children for school by experiencing daily routines such as riding the bus and eating in the cafeteria as well as learning how to be independent and spend time away from their families. The pilot program is in the process of finishing the second year of implementation with promising results—13 of the original 18 students in the program have qualified for advanced work in kindergarten. 

Sarasota County Schools Summer Learning Academies

[Philanthropy]  Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund Reports Fundraising Success

The Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund (TESF) has reported tremendous success at its Annual Golf Classic & Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Kentucky Derby Tournament. The tournament not only brought together family members, friends and nationwide supporters to participate in two of Taylor’s favorite pastimes—golf and poker—but also raised more than $200,000 for the foundation during this one-day event. Since the inception of the Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund in December 2010, more than $1 million dollars has been raised to support the foundation’s mission. 

The support of corporate partnerships, sponsors and contributors is vital to the success and sustainability of the Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund.  Every sponsorship and donation contribute toward the goal of helping a worthy student experience an independent, college preparatory education at The Out-of-Door Academy's Upper School, when they would not otherwise have the means to attend the private school. 

Currently, the TESF has four alumni and four students attend The Out-of-Door Academy on full, four-year scholarships. 

Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund

[Philanthropy]  Masala Giving Circle Announces Annual Grant Awardees

Today, the Masala Giving Circle, a philanthropic organization of African-American women, will hold its annual Grant Awardee Ceremony at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Nearly $20,000 will be provided to four organizations with missions to improve the quality of life for African-Americans in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

The grantees are as follows: $8,858 to We Care Manatee, for supporting breast health care for black women; $5,352 to DIVAS of Sarasota, a mentoring and leadership program for female students in grades seven to 10, to support a college experience program; $2,500 to Hope Family Services, to provide multicultural hair products for victims and survivors of domestic violence; and $1,462 to J5 Experience, a youth and adult female empowerment organization, to provide a self-image program for youth leaders called “The Dream Experience.”

Since its founding, the Masala Giving Circle has awarded nearly $60,000 back into the community. 

Masala Giving Circle

[The Giving Coast]  SRQ Magazine | The Guide to Giving

SRQ MEDIA's guide to giving opportunities that will impact the nonprofit organizations working in the region is now online to view. Become a part of the local philanthropic story by fulfilling their giving back wish lists! 

Click here to view the feature

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Hydrosols - The Next Aromatherapy , May 15, 10am-1:30pm

Discover the multilayer use of the distillates of aromatic plants, including the aromatic waters of Rose Damascena, Greek Sage, Frankincense, Rose Geranium and Lavender Angustifolia. These aromatic waters can also be found as a delicious flavoring in deserts, complementing their simultaneous therapeutic value. Taste, smell, and experience food and drinks from these waters and blend some to take home. Registration is $50 for members/$65 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Spritzing, Spattering, Sponging, French Rule and More Advanced Watercolor Techniques , May 16, 10am-4:30pm

At this special workshop with Academy of Botanical Art Founder, Olivia Braida, learn various advanced watercolor skills. Bring all paints and brushes. Instructor will supply several special tools and paper to help accomplish our goals. Registration is $135 for members/$160 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Introduction to Ikebana , May 17, 10am-2pm

Discover the pleasures of this ancient Zen art and learn to create spontaneous, understated and decorative flower arrangements using branches, flowers and leaves easily found around the home and garden. No experience necessary. Instructor will furnish materials. Bring garden scissors, paper towels and a creative spirit. Registration is $50 for members/$65 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay for Life Sarasota , May 18

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Money raised from Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services. People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event. Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.

Van Wezel , 777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Craft Festival , May 18 – May 19

Take a stroll downtown to enjoy the weekend at the Sarasota Craft Festival, featuring a variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more - all handmade in America.

Five Points Park , 61 North Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Morton's Market 50th Anniversary Party , May 19

Join Morton's Market to celebrate their 50 Year Anniversary. Food & Fun! Live music & raffle prizes! All proceeds to benefits the Morton Culinary Education Fund.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Dancin' 2019 (Art & Soul) , May 19, 12:30pm 5:00pm

 Art & Soul Dance Company is proud to present our second annual Recital, Dancin’ 2019, featuring amazing performances from dancers aged 3 to Adult! Award-winning Choreography, fabulous technique and stunning costumes are sure to please every audience member. Each Show is different and will highlight our phenomenal dancers presenting the most current Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, Acro and Contemporary Dance routines around.


Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Fur, Feather, Flora & Fauna , May 21 – June 21

An all media, open exhibition throughout all galleries. Includes Art & Animals on June 1—a fun family day with animals and art, nonprofit organizations, information, activities and photo opportunities. Guests are invited to bring their leashed, well behaved pets.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St W., Bradenton

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kokedama - A Different Bonsai , May 22, 10am-12pm

Kokedama is a style of bonsai in Japanese culture. In this class you will take a fresh plant (epiphyte) and wrap it in a peat-based soil recipe that is designed to hold its spherical shape; then you will fasten moss around it to make a gorgeous little green orb. You will make two of these plants to take home and display. Registration is $35 for members/$50 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Sip and Savor , May 22, 5:30pm

Enjoy an extravagant wine tasting and food pairing where dress code is Field Club Casual (dress shorts acceptable, no jeans please). There will be a silent auction featuring wines from Argus member wine cellars!

Field Club, 1400 Field Road, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Still Life & Flat Lay Photography , May 23, 10am-1pm

Learn how to photograph “top down” from above. Create vignettes, explore props to use, minimalist styles, what to use for backgrounds and how to create backgrounds. Hands on play and photographing. Focus on mobile photography but all cameras welcome. Open to all levels. Registration is $60 for members/$75 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Warrior Pose For Warriors: A Yoga Fundraiser Supporting Veterans at the Sarasota Opera House , May 23

An evening with Operation Warrior Resolution (OWR) supporting military servicemembers with yoga, breath and body work and sound immersions on the stage of the legendary Sarasota Opera House. The event will be led by popular yogi master and Lululemon ambassador, Ms. Ashley Stewart. All proceeds will support OWR’s mission of providing immediate and effective mental health care at no cost for all U.S. military veterans and family members. Operation Warrior Resolution is a locally-based military nonprofit celebrating its first year as an officially recognized 501 c3 with a warrior pose for warriors – doing a downward dog on the same very stage a young Elvis Presley once shook his hips and sang “Hound Dog” at the Sarasota Opera House.


A variety of small eats and juices will be provided by local vendors in the courtyard immediately afterwards. Spots are limited, so get your ticket today and support our country’s warriors with a warrior pose yourself at the Sarasota Opera House!

Sarasota Opera House

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