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SRQ DAILY Feb 1, 2021

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"We all get hurt in relationships and we all get healed in relationships. That's the reality."

- Heidy Garcia, psychotherapy training expert.

[Mental Health]  Barancik Foundation Funds Child Parent Psychotherapy Cohort
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The pandemic has introduced trauma in the lives of many children, whether directly from the death of a family member or indirectly by exposing children at home all day to domestic abuse. But whatever the cause, therapists see family relationships as one of the greatest tools in allowing children to cope.

That’s why the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation over the past year and a half provided a $300,000 grant to the FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention to help train a Sarasota cohort of mental health clinicians in the practice of Child Parent Psychotherapy.

The final training session for the group of therapists convened on Friday via Zoom, and participants discussed with SRQ MEDIA the value of “the power of a parent to heal their child.”

Kristie Skoglund, chief operating officer for The Florida Center for Early Childhood, said the therapy has been deployed in childhood court to great success in the 12th Judicial Circuit. “The child welfare system has been a big referral source,” she said. Programs like Healthy Family and Healthy Start often serve families with a child exposed to trauma, or expectant mothers exposed to trauma.

There’s actually been enough demand for service that there’s a bottleneck of clients waiting, according to the Barancik Foundation, which is one of the reasons the cohort worked to train individuals in the therapy and also to train others in teaching it as well.

Dr. Joy Osofsky, a professor in Louisiana State University’s Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, was among the leaders for the sessions, and she said the entire mental health field has been impacted by the pandemic. That could be seen clearly in the fact the cohort, which convened its first gathering in person, has had to work almost entirely on Zoom. Similarly, much of the work therapists have done in the past year had to be through video-conferencing rather than personal sessions.

But she said the pandemic has been accompanied with an increase in domestic and child abuse across the nation. That makes all the more demand for Child Parent Psychotherapy.

Heidy Garcia, one of the experts in psychotherapy training the cohort, said the use of Child Parent Psychotherapy was especially important as courts try to keep families together and as loved ones spend so much more time each day together thanks to remote work and virtual education.  “We all get hurt in relationships and we all get healed in relationships,” she said. “That’s the reality.” 

Image courtesy Gerd Altmann/Pixabay.

[Top Doctors]  In Conversation With 2020 Top Doctor Dr. Daniel M. Cooper

For the January 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed 2020 Top Doctors on current topics. Below is an excerpt from this published in the In Conversation marketing feature in which Daniel M. Cooper, MD, FACC of Cooper Concierge Cardiology and Internal Medicine shares his insight on preventative care.


A lot of times in cardiology, when that was my focus, we would already get patients well into their acute heart emergency, not having had the chance to do that prevention. We could have been implementing a medical strategy before the emergency situation happened. So one of the things that I find in my practice at this point is that I can modify things or have patients access me before we realize that their first heart attack has happened. One of the rewarding things is for them to come up to me and say, "you know, I'm in my fifties, but my dad had a heart attack at age 50, and I'm getting to that age, and I'm not sure if I'm doing everything right." You might assess them and find that they have silent heart disease that was  previously unrecognized. So it's that it is actually quite rewarding for me to be able to get ahead of the problems.

This is an excerpt from the In Conversation with Top Doctors published in the January 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine. Click here to see the full article.  

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[Renovation]  New College Foundation Launches $15 Million “Pei for the Future” Campaign

The New College Foundation recently launched a $15 million fundraising campaign to refurbish the college’s residence halls designed by the renowned architect I.M. Pei. The campaign is spearheaded by Monica Van Buskirk, a Foundation board member. “After 55 years, Pei’s iconic structures are showing their age,” says Van Buskirk. “We are inviting New College alumni, our community and beyond to participate in preserving this extraordinary architectural legacy. I.M. Pei built for the future. The humanist legacy of his work is timeless. It’s now up to us to pass it on.”  

[New Hire]  Jewish Family & Children’s Announce Dr. Stacy Lang as Chief of Behavioral Health Services

JFCS of the Suncoast is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Stacy Lang as Chief of Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Lang has significant counseling experience that will elevate JFCS’s ability to provide outstanding clinical services to the community. JFCS CEO Arthur Lerman said, “Stacy has a clear understanding of the need for trauma informed counseling in our area and she brings a strong commitment to excellence, innovation and leadership to our organization.”  

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[Education]  Booker Promise Looks to Community for Scholarship Support

A student’s zip code should not have more influence on her success than the dreams she holds in her heart. This was the tenet that started Booker Promise Foundation, a scholarship initiative aimed at helping Booker High students enter the workforce without college debt. Providing mentorship, tutoring, and career planning, Booker Promise assists select high school freshmen until they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Upon graduation, they are eligible for funding covering the cost of tuition and fees for an associate degree or technical certificate at a qualifying public Florida college. The effort recently caught the attention of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, which will be matching all donations made to the organization up to $150,000. Funds will be used to purchase Florida Prepaid Scholarships for participating students.“ The weight of student loans should not be a deterrent for students who deserve an investment in their future,” says Teri A Hansen, President and CEO of Barancik Foundation. “ 

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[Donation]  The Patterson Foundation Contributes $100,000 to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy

The Patterson Foundation is making a $100,000 contribution to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) in celebration of its decade of strengthening communities recovering from major disasters. “When disaster strikes, there are givers the world over who want to help but may not know how to best apply their funds,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Thankfully, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy works hand-in-hand with funders and nonprofits, distributing resources to organizations that have proven their ability to restore communities and help protect them from future calamities. The Patterson Foundation is proud to give $100,000 to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy in celebration of 10 years of strengthening communities.” 

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[New Position ]  Participants Selected for Virtual Nonprofit Board Institute

Built upon the success of its first virtual Gulf Coast Board Institute, Gulf Coast Community Foundation prepares to launch its succeeding session. We received exceptional feedback from our first virtual GCBI class, and are thrilled to be able to offer this critical training again, virtually,” said Veronica Thames, Gulf Coast’s chief operating officer and staff lead on the Board Institute. “As a community foundation, one of the most important things we can do is help ensure that our nonprofit partners have adequate access to highly skilled and knowledgeable volunteers to serve on their boards. We continue to expand our capacity and improve this resource.” 

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[School Enrollment]  District Announces Upcoming 2021-22 School Choice Enrollment Window

Parents and guardians residing anywhere in the state of Florida will soon be able to apply for their children to attend a public school outside their regular attendance zone through the Controlled Open Enrollment (COE) process, more commonly known as School Choice. Sarasota County Schools invites parents and guardians from any school district in the state of Florida whose child is not subject to a current expulsion or suspension to apply for a 2021-22 School Choice assignment to a public school identified as having available space capacity. Applications for School Choice will be accepted from Monday, February 1, 2021, through Monday, March 1, 2021. 

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[Scholarship]  Supervisor of Elections Invites Scholarship Applications

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is accepting applications for a $1,200 scholarship to be awarded by the Florida Supervisors of Elections (FSE) in 2021. The FSE is offering a total of three scholarships to eligible college/university juniors or seniors enrolled or accepted as full-time students in an accredited Florida university or college. 

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[COVID-19]  Sarasota County Area Transit Driver Tests Positive for COVID-19

 The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed a positive COVID-19 test result for a Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) driver on Wednesday, January 27. In consultation with DOH-Sarasota, SCAT has identified the following operational dates and routes served by the affected driver: Route 6, 2:00 p.m. to 9:50 p.m. Jan. 18-21. and Route 14, 2:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Jan. 16.



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[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Ligature XI: Parametric Type , January 11 – February 12, 9am-3pm

Celebrating its 11th year, the Type Club presents Ligature Show XI, a juried student exhibition of typographic work from all majors in categories such as Drop Cap, Type in Motion, Hand Lettering, and Editorial from January 11 until February 12 . This exhibition showcases the typographic excellence at Ringling College of Art and Design. This exhibtion is sponsored by SRQ Media Group, and WUSF 89.7. Appointments are required to view this exhibition. Admission to this exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore 1 Sarasota: Imagining Your Way Through Pandemic: Storytelling and Tarot , January 13 – April 14, 5pm-7pm

Join New College creative writing professor Dr. Emily Carr for this four-part Zoom workshop series is offered from 5pm to 7pm on the second Wednesday of the month: January 13, February 10, March 10, and April 14. A fee of $95 is required for participation. This includes a copy of the required text, The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jessa Crispin, and all four Zoom sessions. This mixed-genre, all-levels workshop includes a basic introduction to the Tarot, generative writing exercises, storytelling tips and tricks, unique Tarot-inspired provocations for creativity in times of crisis, and a discussion of the various ways writers might use the Tarot in their work. This workshop is open to writers at all levels, working in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Together, we'll explore a series of Tarot-inspired writing activities designed to offer you strategies for using the cards to 1) start a new poem/story/essay 2) inject new life and surprising stakes into a poem/story/essay you're already working on and/or 3) breakthrough imaginative blocks - in this particular historical moment.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Joseph's Coat: Skyspace by James Turrell , January 14 – February 26

Joseph's Coat Skyspace is a triumph of technology, engineering, and aesthetics. The Skyspace, created by internationally-renowned artist James Turrell, is a gathering place for contemplation, and sustained experience. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which you view the sky and can radically change your perception of the color of the sky and its spatial relation to you. As you gaze up at the sky through the 24-foot square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception, and experience. Joseph's Coat is a unique experience. Tickets are $10 for non-members and free for members and will be available 30 days prior to each event.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Embracing Our Differences 2021 Outdoor Exhibit , January 20 – April 1, Hours vary.

Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. One way it accomplishes this is through its annual, juried international outdoor art exhibition consisting of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote. The response to the call for artwork and inspirational quotes brought 15,912 entries pouring in from 128 countries and 48 states. Students from 412 schools around the world submitted artwork or quotes to the juried exhibit. The winning quotes and art will be showcased in the 18th annual exhibit, January 20 through April 1, in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Aging in Place Seminars: Learn How to Live Independently & Safely , January 20 – March 24, 1pm-2pm

If you or someone you know has decided to live at home alone (called “aging in place”) rather than moving to a senior living arrangement, you may want to brush up on some safety and wellness measures for being independent, healthy and comfortable in your own home. Consider an upcoming series of seminars sponsored by Youthful Aging Home Care at The Paradise Center on Longboat Key. Wednesday, January 20, 1pm to 2pm Falls Prevention, Staying Safe at Home. Wednesday, February 17, 1pm to 2pm Neuro-Nutrition, Eating Well for Brain Health. Wednesday, March 24, 1pm to 2pm Overcoming Isolation, Maintaining Connections at Any Age. Seminars are presented by Nicci Kobritz, President of Youthful Aging Home Care. Nicci is a nurse practitioner and geriatric specialist with more than three decades of experience in developing and managing health care services. Nicci has received awards and recognition for her home care services and her volunteer work. Read more about Nicci at www.youthfulaginghomecare.com. The Aging in Place seminars are being held via webinar OR in person (with social distancing and face masks) at The Paradise Center. Register in advance: 941-383-6493 or email SuzyBrenner@TheParadiseCenter.org to receive your weblink. Free for Members or $10/person.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Center for Architecture: Designing Sarasota an Architectural History , January 12 – April 17, Gallery hours.

In collaboration with the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation and the AIA Gulf Coast Chapter, this exhibit will examine the unique history of architecture in Sarasota from the time of Native Americans to the present and will run from January 12 until April 17, 2021. Timed reservation information will be available soon.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: A Few of Our Favorite Things , January 11 – March 27, 9am-3pm

Now in its 12th year, the Ringling College glass sculpture exhibition from the Richard and Barbara Basch Collection presents A Few of Our Favorite Things from January 11 through March 27 at the Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center. This exhibition features some of the most exceptional examples of art glass and brilliant one-of-a-kind commissions by the greatest masters of the medium from around the world. It highlights the Basch Collection of more than 300 works of art glass by iconic artists, including Giampaolo Amoruso, Martin Blank, Latchezar Boyadjiev, Peter Bremers, Lucio Bubacco, Dale Chihuly, Laura di Santillana, Laura Donefer, Robin Grebe, Colin Heaney, Shin-ichi Higuchi, Richard Royal, Lino Tagliapietra, and Bertil Vallien. Appointments are required to view this exhibition. Admission to this exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Center Sarasota: Staying Connected , January 26 – March 5, Times vary.

Staying Connected is an in the gallery, all media, all subject, open to all, juried exhibition that will be on view from January 28 until March 5. Receiving in person will be January 18 and 19 from 10am to 6pm. Online submissions will be from December 18 to January 16 at midnight. Jurors Open Critique will be online Tuesday, January 26 at 6pm for a Zoom virtual discussion. Jurors will talk about the work that they picked for the Prize Winners and Prize Winners are encouraged to talk about their piece that won. Opening Reception and Awards will be online Thursday January 28 at 6pm for a Zoom virtual opening. Awards will be announced. After that, participants will be able to gather virtually in breakout rooms to chat with other artists and art patrons in smaller groups. Next week we have our receiving for our upcoming show, Staying Connected, and we need volunteers to help us out. We have made some changes to our receiving process in order to keep our volunteers, staff and artists safe: Volunteers will be spread out and interacting with artists outside, under tents, with minimal contact. Volunteers that will be inside the building will be those that are bringing the artwork in and those hanging it on the walls. In person receivings are scheduled for Monday, January 18th and Tuesday, January 19 from 10am to 6pm. We are keeping the number of volunteers at the bare minimum and scheduling in two different shifts. The shifts are 10am to 2pm or 2pm to 6pm. Volunteers, Staff and Artists will all be required to wear masks. Please call 941-365-2032 or email barbara@artsarasota.org for more information or to sign up.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Virtual: 2021 Black Muse Exhibition , January 26 – March 5

Art Center Sarasota (ACS), The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), and the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC) recently announced the winners of the 2021 “Black Muse” exhibition. The three groups collaborated to present this year’s exhibit, which solicited work from artists of African descent throughout the state of Florida. The exhibit was juried by Elizabeth Goodwill, MFA, education for Art Center Sarasota; and artist and SBAC board member Alyssa Lazin. The winning works will be presented virtually on all three organization's websites through March 5. The $1,000 first prizeaward went to Krystle Lemonias, a Jamaican-born artist who lives and works in Tampa. The $750 second prize was given to Jesse Clark, a Haitian-American photographer and Ringling College of Art and Design student. Honorable mentions went to Cora Marshall of St. Petersburg; Musa Kunene, a Swaziland-born student at Ringling College of Art and Design; and Greg Rumph, vice principal and Riverview High School in Sarasota. 

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Bishop: Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field , January 28 – June 6, Museum hours.

Since 2011, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature has partnered with the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences to lead more than 50 Manatee County teachers on paleontology expeditions to the Nebraska Badlands, allowing them to gain hands-on experience they can bring back to their classrooms. Starting January 28, The Bishop will share these expeditions with guests through its newest special exhibition, Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field, which showcases some of the most fascinating fossil finds and tells the story of these summer paleontology digs and how they can support learning. Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field will be open through June 6 and visiting is included in the price of admission. Badlands to Bradenton also includes interactive features for smartphones and tablets, including 3D models of fossils and paleoart commissioned especially for the exhibition.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Key Chorale: "Bach" Together Again , January 29 – February 21

Key Chorale Chamber Singers, orchestra and soloists will come together virtually on January 29 for "Bach" Together Again. Originally scheduled as an in-person concert, this celebration of Baroque music, will be professionally recorded and made available online from the premiere on January 29 until February 21. Trumpet, timpani and jubilant choral writing are ever present in Bach's Magnificat, his first large-scale work composed for the churches in Leipzig. Vivaldi's spiritual magnificence and Italian mastery make his Gloria his greatest choral masterpiece. Soloists include tenor Matt Morgan, soprano Lorraine Murphy, bass Jamal Sarikoki, soprano Michelle Caulkins, and contralto Amy Connours. The concert will be recorded in the round at Church of the Redeemer, a church with seating for more than 400 people, with the performers spread throughout the entire venue. Tickets to watch the 75-minute streaming video are $30 per household; patrons will receive a viewing link that can be activated any time during the streaming run. To purchase, go to keychorale.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Florida CraftArt: Members' Show: Contemporary Craft at its Finest , January 29 – March 20, 6pm

Members’ Show: Contemporary Craft at its Finest is a juried exhibition of original art showcasing the best of handcrafted work by Florida CraftArt members. Forty-six artists created 79 pieces from intricate jewelry to glass sculptures. Visitors will have the opportunity to virtually meet the artists and the show’s judge Susana Weymouth at the virtual opening reception on Friday, January 29 at 6 p.m. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82206474125. The show runs through March 20 when the People’s Choice Award will be presented at the closing reception. People can vote for their favorite work of art in the Florida CraftArt Exhibition Gallery.

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