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SRQ DAILY Jul 22, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"My favorite part of this internship has been interviewing park rangers and managers of walkways all over the world. I hope the information I've collected will help convince park rangers and government officials that canopy walkways can be a great source of sustainable income and that they're fantastic for protecting the environment."

- Eva Castagna, rising junior of Williams College
 

-Photo from SRQ Magazine's New Summer 2020 Feature "Virtually Impossible" covering the 2020 Giving Challenge.
[Education]  TREE Foundation's Summer College Interns to Present Webinar on Environmental Justice & Forest Conservation
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Lilia Robinowitz, Eva Castagna and Evan Wright from Williams College, Massachusetts, along with Merry Moore from University of Southern California, were chosen as the four college students to participate in TREE Foundation’s summer intern program. TREE—short for Tree Research, Exploration & Education—is a Sarasota-based organization that is trailblazing the path to protect the world’s natural wonders and spread awareness on the most sustainable environmental practices.

This year however, due to Covid-19, research travel and in-person learning have shifted to a virtual platform, much like everything else. "Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, many undergraduates found themselves without meaningful employment this summer,” says Dr. Margaret Lowman, Director of TREE. “Thanks to generous funding from Williams College and local donors, the TREE Foundation was thrilled to hire college interns to work with us virtually." Accordingly, the young arborists in training have been collaborating and meeting weekly via Zoom with Dr. Lowmancompiling the students' research findings from their eight-week internship to present in a free webinar, facilitated by Williams College. The webinar will cover topics ranging from worldwide canopy walkways, sloths, rainforest preservation, forest conservation and environmental justice.  

"My favorite part of this internship has been interviewing park rangers and managers of walkways all over the world,” shares Castagna, a rising junior studying Biology. “I hope the information I've collected will help convince park rangers and government officials that canopy walkways can be a great source of sustainable income and that they're fantastic for protecting the environment as well."

"It was a fantastic opportunity for these budding environmental students to connect with people from places such as Australia, the Amazon, Africa, and Asia, to collaborate on issues that affect the health of our planet and all of humanity," says Dr. Lowman. "Our planet needs scientists and earth detectives more than ever right now, perhaps even more so because of the rising occurrence of global pandemics.”

The students' efforts are directly helping to leverage a new TREE program: Mission Green, which will sponsor ten canopy walkways in the highest biodiversity forests of the world— providing stewardship from a trifecta combination of education, economy and ecology. Mission Green will not only create education and research sites for future students, but provide employment to indigenous people from ecotourism instead of logging. "The Mission Green program had its genesis with the construction of the Williams College canopy walkway in 1991 (the first one in North America), which was followed in 1999 by the first public canopy walkway in Myakka State Park in Sarasota, Florida," says Dr. Lowman. The two skywalks in conversation have since been used as exemplary models to deploy others much like them around the world. Today, they are still an application to promote conservation and environmental justice.

The one-hour Zoom webinar will take place July 29, 5:30pm - 6:30pm, and requires advance registration, found here

Pictured: TREE's summer interns and Dr. Lowman meeting virtually to share updates on their respective summer projects.

[Fundraiser]  The Inspiration for Sarasota Orchestra's Tropical Beethoven Tee

John Pirman’s pop-esque, evocative illustrations are often in issues of Sarasota Magazine, but this local artist’s graphic design and editorial artwork carry national clout. He has created, designed, and illustrated for Vogue, Estée Lauder, The New York Times, Bloomingdales, and many other household names in media and fashion. For 15 years, The Museum of Modern Art has included John’s holiday cards in their retail store.

The 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday will be this December, and this major milestone in classical music served as a focal point for Sarasota Orchestra’s 2019-2020 concert season. As part of the celebration, they asked John to reimagine Beethoven’s iconic visage. His treatment was altogether brilliant and energizing, just as they envision their concert experiences to be.

“In this portrait, I wanted to reflect the intense drama of Beethoven’s compositions by using bold colors," says John Pirman.

"His likeness is classical and the palette is modern, bringing a 21st-century interpretation to Beethoven’s expression using minimal graphic shapes of color.”

 In addition to our 2019-2020 season ticket brochure, John’s “tropical Beethoven” has graced a limited line of apparel. T-shirts are now available for sale, with proceeds benefiting Sarasota Orchestra. The T-shirt sale ends in just 10 days. If you want to support your Sarasota Orchestra in style, purchase your T-shirt today and outfit the music-lovers in your life, too. 

Sarasota Orchestra, 709 N Tamiami Trail, web@sarasotaorchestra.org

Click here to buy a T-shirt and support Sarasota Orchestra.

[Scholarship]  DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Selects Recipients of 2020 Heritage Scholarship

Addy Battel of Cass City, Mich. and Faith Laughlin of Stewart, Ohio have been selected as the recipients of the DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year.

This year, the Sarasota-based ecommerce retailer of Amish furniture received close to 500 applications for its Heritage Scholarship. The three-part application features an essay component that asks applicants to answer the question of how they will draw upon their cultural heritage to shape their vocational aspirations, offer creative value, and serve their community.

Battel attributes her drive and passion for her community to her heritage as the member of a sixth-generation farming family and as the granddaughter of “A1 Stuever” whose way of doing things would come to be known as the A1 Stuever Method. “We’re a family of overachievers; apparently I get it from him,” says Battel. Planning to major in Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Michigan State University this fall, Battel is committed to “helping keep family farms strong” through soil conservation. “Though growing sugarbeets and milking cows won’t be how I’ll carry on my family’s traditions, agriculture, a sense of community and a compulsion to make everything I do big are part of me.” Her compulsion for doing things “big” has included co-founding a nationally recognized hunger relief organization after her small town’s grocery store closed and she learned that 17 percent of her community was food insecure.

Laughlin’s desire to pursue a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in food and nutrition science came from growing up in rural Appalachia. Laughlin says she has experienced first-hand how “the majority of rural Appalachians go hungry as they live in food deserts, or places where it is difficult to find fresh and affordable foods, and lack the financial resources to properly feed themselves.” Laughlin would like to “ensure that all in rural areas are properly nourished through nutrition education and food access.” She plans to do this through her understanding of the culture of rural communities, by changing ineffective policies like “flawed food assistance programs,” and by educating those in rural Appalachian communities how and what to eat “by teach[ing] people to love cooking and eating healthfully, and not just show[ing] them how to do so.”

Battel and Laughlin will each receive $500 to assist with college expenses. 

Click here for more information.

[New Badges]  24 New Badges Prepare Girl Scouts to Be Ambitious and Decisive Leaders

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida and Girl Scouts of the USA has announced 24 new badges designed to help girls practice ambitious leadership in the crucial areas of automotive engineering, STEM career exploration, entrepreneurship and civics.

The new Girl Scout badges include Automotive Engineering (grades K–5), in which girls learn about designing, engineering and manufacturing vehicles, as well as the future of mobility; Civics (grades K–12), which offers an in-depth understanding of how local, state and federal government works while preparing girls to be voters, activists and political leaders; Entrepreneurship (grades K–12), in which girls develop an entrepreneurial mindset as they engage in age-appropriate exercises that help them create and pitch a product or service that solves a problem; and STEM Career Exploration (grades 2–8), where girls explore their career interests and connect them to STEM fields—particularly computer science, nature/environmental science, engineering, design, health and agriculture—that can help them address the pressing issues of our time. 

With these new badge experiences in STEM, entrepreneurship and the critically important subject of civics, the organization is working to build the transformational female leaders of today and the future, showing girls the power they have to truly change the world.

“In a year of unprecedented global change, our country’s need for strong, broad-minded and decisive leadership has never been greater,” said Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida CEO Mary Anne Servian. “Through our new and existing programming, Girl Scouts equips the next generation of female change-makers with the breadth of knowledge, skills and experiences they need to take charge and do good for the world, both now and in the future.”

To celebrate the new program offerings, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is offering a free, virtual “Mystery Badge Program” on August 13 at 6:00 pm. The program is open to all girls who will be entering grades 2–5 in the fall. During the online event, participants will complete all of the requirements to earn one of the new badges, to be announced at the start of the program. Registration information is available at www.gsgcf.org. 

Click to register for the Mystery Badge Program.

[Hiring]  PGT Innovations Hires More Than 100 Area Locals

PGT Innovations (NYSE: PGTI), a national leader in the premium window and door category, recently hired more than 100 new employees at its North Venice-based headquarters. Positions that were filled include manufacturing technicians, fabricators, material handling technicians, and drivers. Currently, the company is still seeking talented team members to fill more than 70 positions. PGT Innovations also continues to offer a $250 sign-on bonus to each candidate hired through July 31, 2020.

Available positions include manufacturing technicians, fabricators, and material handling technicians, as well as team leaders, group leaders, and Class A CDL truck drivers. Candidates with all types of work backgrounds and skill sets are encouraged to apply for the career opportunities available with the innovative team that manufactures impact-resistant window and door products.

The manufacturer held a career fair at its North Venice facility on June 13, where 112 new team members were hired. PGT Innovations currently employs more than 1,700 at its North Venice facility and is the largest private sector employer in Sarasota County.

“At the core of PGT Innovations is a culture of family and team member growth,” said Jeff Jackson, PGT Innovations President and CEO. “We want to further expand our growing team and are looking for individuals who would like to pursue a rewarding, long-term career. Our team members are the backbone of PGT Innovations. Each day, they help us produce incredible products to serve the needs of homeowners nationwide.”

PGT Innovations offers robust benefits packages with competitive wages and healthcare benefits, as well as up to tuition reimbursement, paid time off, volunteer time off, profit sharing, and an employee stock purchase program. The company also offers numerous non-traditional employee-focused benefits and programs, such as leadership development training, financial wellness classes, personal and professional skills certifications, their ‘Inspire the Future’ scholarship program for dependents of team members, personal wellness programs, and employee assistance programs. The manufacturer’s Venice campus also offers a full-service café, wellness center, fitness center, and child care center. 

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[Construction]  Robert Toale & Sons to Develop New Facility in Lakewood Ranch

Service Corporation International, North America’s largest provider of funeral, cemetery and cremation services, and its brand, Dignity Memorial®, today announced the development of Robert Toale & Sons Lakewood Ranch to better serve the communities of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Lakewood Ranch is an extension of existing Robert Toale & Sons facilities – Palms Memorial Park, Manasota Memorial Park and Wiegand Chapel. The land was purchased for the new Robert Toale & Sons Lakewood Ranch facility and is located near the corner of Lakewood Ranch Blvd. and 44th Ave. The new development will feature a state-of-the-art multipurpose event center. The facility will provide the latest technology, including live stream and interactive visitation, and life story vignettes to create meaningful, dignified and personal Celebration of Life events. Its flexible, open design will also serve as the ideal venue for a variety of events such as celebrations of life, catered receptions and community gatherings. “As the largest funeral, cremation and personalized service provider in Manatee and Sarasota counties, we look forward to building a new modern and contemporary funeral home facility to better serve the community,” said Vice President of Operations Jason Toale. While more than 50 percent of Floridians now prefer a celebration versus a traditional service, Dignity Memorial providers are leaders in delivering life stories in an unique and memorable way. Robert Toale & Sons is not affiliated with Toale Brothers Funeral Homes or Toale Brothers, Inc. 

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[New Hire]  Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. Recruits Jackie Frizzell as Territory Manager

Joseph McElmeel, Chairman and CEO of executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce the successful recruitment by its Executive Recruiter, Richard Miller of Jackie Frizzell as Territory Manager – Mid-Atlantic/DC for JSI Cabinetry.

As the Territory Manager for the Mid-Atlantic/DC area, Jackie will manage the execution of strategic sales plans including prioritization of related initiatives and alignment of sales goals to exceed growth targets and strategic milestones. Jackie will be responsible for the development of Dealer Pipeline. Recruiting, training and developing a dealer network to provide optimal market coverage and continued growth.

With extensive relationships among the kitchen designers and cabinet makers, Jackie most recently held the position of Product Specialist with Kessebohmer USA. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. 

Brooke Chase Associates, 1543 Second Street, 941-914-9125, www.brookechase.com

[Recognition]  Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Announces 2020 Promotions

Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce staff promotions. Advancing from Senior Accountant to Supervisor is Jessica Gruener. Advancing from In-Charge Accountant to Senior Accountant are Landon Graber, Stephen Hueston, Caroline Root and Keith Simpson. Advancing from Staff Accountant to In-Charge Accountant are Michael Kelley and Andrew Zacharias. “We are very proud of everyone; their hard work and dedication are integral parts of Kerkering Barberio’s success,” said Rob Lane, Managing Shareholder. 

Click for more on Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

[Recognition]  Brilliant Harvest Featured on 2020 Top Solar Contractors List

Once again this year, Solar Power World magazine has recognized the efforts of solar contractors across the United States in its 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, where local solar installer Brilliant Harvest earned a rank of 352 of companies from across the country and 34th in the State of Florida. The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by Solar Power World to honor the work of solar installers big and small. Solar firms in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by number of kilowatts installed in the previous year.

Brilliant Harvest employs 10 workers who installed 620.8 kW of solar power in 2019. Since its founding in 2009, the company has installed more than 2,064 kW of solar power and just under 400 kW of energy storage – Brilliant Harvest is a Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer. Notable projects in 2019 included the 200,220-watt system at Sarasota not-for-profit Girls Inc., which is the largest solar energy system in Sarasota County, and the installation of solar panels on two custom-designed steel canopies that offer shade while producing clean energy in the marketplace area of the recently-opened St. Pete Pier. 

Pictured: Brilliant Harvest founder and president Bill Johnson at the site of Brilliant Harvest's 2019 solar energy installation at the St. Pete Pier Photo by Mark Wemple.

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[New Building]  Manatee County Invites Public Input for East County Library Design

The long-awaited East County Library has reached the 30 percent design stage, and the design team has delivered a virtual update to the public. From now through August 7th, library lovers are invited to visit mymanatee.org/eastcountylibrary to view a short video and provide feedback with a five-question survey. The survey, open until August 7, will provide the design team with valuable insight as it completes the design of the new East County Library. The public library is now being designed and it will become Manatee County Public Library System’s seventh branch when complete in 2021. The library design team reached the 30 percent design phase with thorough community input gathered from Manatee County residents in the spring of 2020. 

Click here for more information.



[In This Issue]  Roar of a Survivor

From hopeless to homeless, a young Sebrena Pawley would eventually come to learn that falling ill to a life-threatening virus is just another survival obstacle to overcome. 

Click here to read the full article from SRQ's Summer 2020 edition.

[New Grant]  Sarasota Opera to receive $50,000 CARES Act Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Sarasota Opera has been approved for a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. The NEA is distributing the funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. The NEA recommended 855 arts organizations to receive a total of $44.5 million in non-matching funds to support personnel and facilities costs. Sarasota Opera is one of 33 grantees in the state of Florida. The NEA received more than 3,100 eligible applications requesting $157 million for the $45 million available in direct assistance.

“We are so grateful for support from the National Endowment for the Arts at this challenging time. As we look towards an uncertain future, this grant will help sustain us and plan for a time when we will be able to welcome people back to the Sarasota Opera House,” states Sarasota Opera Executive Director Richard Russell.

“All of us at the National Endowment for the Arts are keenly aware that arts organizations across the country are hurting, struggling, and trying to survive and that our supply of funding does not come close to meeting the demand for assistance,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “That said, I am enormously proud of the over-and-above efforts of the Arts Endowment staff to swiftly and professionally manage such a large amount of additional work in a relatively short period of time on behalf of the American public.” 

Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, 941-366-8450, www.sarasotaopera.org

Click here for more information.

[Webinar]  Preparing for the Future

What's next for your business? COVID-19 has created disruptions in almost every aspect of business. During this one-hour panel discussion hosted on July 29, 2020 at 9:30am, we will hear from local professionals and business owners who are adapting. Hear their firsthand experience and what's next. Presented by GROWFL and the EDC of Sarasota County. Featuring panelists Rogan Donelly, President of Tervis, Carrie Collins, Vice President of Aladdin Equipment Co. INc. and Nick Devito II, Partner at Ian Black Real Estated; moderated by GROWFL's Director Tammie Sweet.  

Click here to register for this webinar.

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[SOON]  HEALTH: Kids' Summer Beach Runs , June 4 – July 31, 5:30pm-7:30pm

The annual Kids' Summer Beach Runs return to Siesta and Brohard beaches this June. The one-mile fun runs are an opportunity for kids and families to participate in healthy activities together over the summer. The free Kids' Summer Beach Runs are offered weekly this summer: Tuesdays, June 4 through July 30, at Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key. Wednesdays, June 5 through July 31, at Brohard Beach, 1600 Harbor Drive, Venice. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. near the playground at Siesta Beach and near the Venice Fishing Pier at Brohard Beach. Races start 6:30 p.m. for both locations. Kids who complete four runs receive a free T-shirt. The runs can be completed at either location. All runners receive a finisher ribbon after every race.

Siesta Beach and Brohard Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key and 600 Harbor Drive, Venice

[SOON]  GALLERY: Online: Art Center Member's Juried Exhibition , May 28 – July 30, Online.

Jurors include: Dustin Juengel and Nathan Skiles, Curators.  Art Center Sarasota invites contemporary Member artists to submit work for Sarasota’s all media, all subjects, juried exhibition. This exhibition gives visitors an opportunity to see the diverse artistic mediums and enormous talent of today’s artists online. Click on the artworks below for more information, all work is for sale. Enter the media or artist name in the search bar.

Art and Vision, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Presents Arboreal Conversations , June 27 – July 25, Gallery hours.

Cecile Moran, Art Uptown’s July featured artist, presents a rich series of paintings entitled Arboreal Conversations, teeming with color, form and mystery. They prompt viewers to think about the trees themselves and their interconnectedness to each other, us, and forests of the world. The artist realizes her bold compositions through a distinctive layering and resistance technique: paint is applied and removed in selected areas to reveal new and different color relationships. Cecile looks to Florida’s diverse tropical terrain for inspiration. She says, “The landscape here offers remarkable twists and turns that create an otherworldly appeal. My work contains images of plants and trees that give us life through the air that we breathe.” Further enriching the visual experience, many of the works are imbued with gold leaf to create a back light and glow. The painter credits her father’s influence – a sign painter by trade, he taught her the application of gold leaf techniques which he used with lettering applied to glass in his signage.

Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Online: Asolo Repertory Theatre Online Classes for Kids, Ages 8-18 , July 6 – July 31, 10am, 11am and 3pm

Introducing Asolo Rep Young Artist: Online Classes, designed for ages 8-18. From demystifying Shakespeare to exploring innovative ways of creating theatre together, these classes will spark your young artist’s imagination and help to hone their theatrical technique. See below to find out more about the exciting content and amazing professional artists who will be leading these classes. Classes are $50 to $75 to register. Contact Asolo Rep Education & Engagement Department: education@asolo.org

Online Program.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Virtual: Mindful Moments Self-Care Toolkit , July 7 – August 25, 8:30am-9am

Lakewood Ranch, in collaboration with the Brain Health Initiative and their meditation expert, Trish Hart of Hart Mind Body Solutions, will be providing weekly mindful moments to help kick-off your week with a healthy brain boost. 10-15 minute video clips featuring Trish Hart who will provide a mindful moment to implement into your Tuesday routine. Mindful moments will include brief meditations, affirmations, short readings, yoga practice tips, and more. RSVP and invite your friends and neighbors to be notified when a new video is posted on Tuesday mornings. The Brain Health Initiative (BHI) is a cutting-edge, new approach to studying brain health that's set to revolutionize neuroscience research and position the Gulf Coast as a global leader in scientific innovation. Formed in 2018 and headquartered in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, the BHI features collaborative leadership from the Academy for Brain Health and Performance and Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital. Brain health clinicians, researchers, academics, and innovators from across the Harvard system and throughout the state of Florida, as well as national and global collaborators, are engaged in this collective impact effort to support significant positive brain health and performance outcomes for the greater Gulf Coast region and beyond. Trish Hart is a facilitator of the Massachusetts General Hospital's, Benson Henry Institute's (SMART) Stress Management and Resiliency Program, trained in Mindfulness for Professionals through Duke Integrative Medicine, and is an Ananda Meditation and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra teacher.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Arts in the Park with The Players Centre , July 7 – August 4, 10am-11am

Join The Players Centre for Performing Arts for some performing arts fun in the sun from every Tuesday and Thursday. Amazing instructors from The Players Studio will be spending an hour on Tuesday and Thursday mornings teaching acting and dance in Bob Gardner Community Park, completely free. If you're looking for a way to stay active and get your fill of performing, join us. For ages 8-14.

Bob Gardner Community Park, 2710 White Eagle Blvd Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211

[SOON]  FOOD: Venice Farmers Market , July 11 – July 25, 8am-12pm

Summer vendors will offer produce, fresh baked goods including breads, pies, bagels and pretzels, wild-caught seafood, Florida-grown mushrooms, boutique cheeses, locally roasted coffee, kettle corn, hand-crafted soap, essential oils, nursery plants and fresh-cut flowers. In addition, local artists will be attending the market offering award-winning photography, unique clay art and jewelry, hand-designed clothing for children and adults, and more. Market staff and vendors have created a CDC-compliant and safe socially distanced outdoor shopping experience for the community, states Farmers Market Manager Lee Perron. All staff and vendors will wear masks and gloves and sanitizing stations will be available. The plan has been reviewed and approved by the City of Venice in order to comply with all federal, state and local guidelines for food and personal safety. During the construction of Fire Station 1 and expansion of City Hall, the market will relocate out of the parking lot but will still operate at City Hall. The Farmers Market will set up on W. Venice Avenue between Harbor Drive and Avenue des Parques, located between City Hall and the Hecksher Park tennis courts.

Venice City Hall, 401 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285

[SOON]  SPORTS: Cool Today Park 2020 Opening Day Weekend Celebration , July 24 – July 26

Celebrate the return of baseball with an action-packed series of events beginning on Friday, July 24 as Karla and John take the stage from 1 - 4pm. At 4:10pm. on Friday and Saturday be sure to be at Cool Today Ballpark to watch the Atlanta Braves take on The New York Mets in the team's first regular season game of 2020. On Saturday, July 25  Spare Partz will be playing all your favorite tunes after the game from 7pm - 9pm. Sunday's game time is 7:08pm. Tickets $15 - $20. Pre-sale tickets are now exclusively available to Beach Club Members and tickets will be available to the general public beginning Wednesday, July 15, 2020 through Ticketmaster or by phone. 

Cool Today Park, 18800 South West Villages Parkway Venice, Florida 34293

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: CEO & Joe - Update on the Bay Project , July 24, 9am-10am

Join us for "virtual" coffee with your Chamber President/CEO, Heather Kasten and Guest Speaker Bill Waddill, Chief Implementation Officer, Bay Park Conservancy to discuss the exciting project and updates on where we are to date. Please send in your questions to events@sarasotachamber.com, and we will do our best to cover them in our discussion. There will also be an opportunity for you to submit questions through the chat feature during the Zoom call.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Artist Talk with Jennifer Packer , July 24, 5:30pm

Please join us for a virtual Artist Talk with Jennifer Packer, celebrated visual artist and 2020 recipient of the Hermitage Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat; and Ola Wlusek, The Ringling’s Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, as they discuss Packer’s work and influences in anticipation of her future exhibition at The Ringling. This program will be moderated by Andy Sandberg, Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO. Space is limited.

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