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SRQ DAILY Aug 4, 2021

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Schools call us in, employers call us in, every time there's a community disaster, our mental health leaders are there and provide continuity to families. "

- Debbie Mason, Tidewell Foundation and Empath-Stratum Tidewell Hospice

[Human Services]  Team at Child Protection Center Presents at National Florida Conference
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The Florida Network of Child Advocacy Centers’ annual Krimes Against Kids (KAK) conference was held recently in Orlando, where Sarasota nonprofit Child Protection Center (CPC) was selected to provide three presentations. Comprised of over 50 workshops in a three day period, the KAK conference reaches professionals who work in the child welfare system across the country—including law enforcement, child protective service personnel, victim advocates, attorneys, therapists, counselors and social workers.

CPC’s Personal Safety and Community Awareness (PSCA) team, which also presented at last year’s conference, gave three presentations this year. The first, Child Abuse Prevention: A Local and Informed Approach to Personal Safety Education, was aimed for Child Advocacy Centers who are either looking to either implement or expand their prevention efforts. “The power is in prevention. The opportunity to promote child abuse prevention education to individuals at a national level helps to strengthen the safety net for all children," said Director of PSCA Michelle McSwain in her presentation. "Because of this workshop, individuals from other Child Advocacy Centers feel equipped and empowered to start prevention education programs in their communities.” 

The second, Encouraging Safe Practices: An Informed Approach to Protecting Children Online, highlighted the risks that come with the use of the internet as well as the importance of discussing online safety with children. “Feeling empowered as adults helps empower our children. As overwhelming as the internet can be, it is our responsibility as adults to help children navigate their online world in a safe and appropriate way," said Ariane of PSCA in her presentation. 

Prior to COVID-19, it was estimated that 1 in 5 children will be solicited online at some point in their childhood. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children also reported a 97% increase of enticement reports to the cyber tipline during the pandemic. “The pandemic has changed a lot—including kids having more access to technology," said Ariane. "More access can mean greater risk, so it is important that online safety stays relevant and updated to what trends we are seeing throughout this pandemic.” PSCA will also be addressing this topic in the upcoming Prevent Child Abuse America national conference.

Lastly, CPC’s Therapy Program presented, “Self-Esteem in the Shadows of Abuse: Restoring Self & Safety,” which addressed the impact of abuse on children’s self-esteem and self-identity—including correlation with symptoms and safety/risk factors, formal and informal ways to assess for self-esteem impacts, as well as individual and group treatment strategies for treating abuse-related self-esteem concerns. The Clinical Director of CPC's Therapy Program, Amanda Jans, mentioned the audience was primarily other mental health professionals who also serve abused children and their families. 

“It is our hope in sharing this presentation that treatment providers have increased their awareness of the critical impact that abuse has on self-esteem, and the necessity of addressing self-esteem as a part of effective and comprehensive abuse treatment," she said. "In addition, we hope that they gained practical tools and an array of intervention ideas that they can implement immediately to enhance their direct work with clients.” 

Photo courtesy of CPC. For more information, visit cpcsarasota.org or call 941-365-1277.

[New Grant]  Community Day School Receives Support from Pat and Charlene Neal

Hershorin Schiff Community Day School, a Sarasota-based private Jewish day school serving children of all faiths in preschool through eighth grade, has received a generous gift from area philanthropists Charlene and Pat Neal in support of the school’s “Owning Our Future” campaign. The ongoing $12 million “Owning Our Future” campaign has funded the recent construction of two new buildings as well as renovations to existing facilities on the school’s brand-new campus in Central Sarasota and will assist with ongoing capital and annual needs over the next five years. 

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[Scholarship]  Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Awards Scholarships

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is proud to announce it has, for the third consecutive year, awarded WBTT Artist Development scholarships to deserving students. Last year, six up-and-coming artists were presented with $2,000 scholarships for studies in a college or conservatory program in the performing arts or arts management for the 2020-2021 academic year. This year, WBTT had enough funding to provide eight young artists with scholarships of $2,000 each. 

WBTT’'s 2021 scholarship winners include (from l-r) Tay Marquise, Ariana Fitzgerald, Amaya Glover, Maicy Powell and Aleah Williams.

[In Conversation]  In Conversation With Debbie Mason

Published in the July magazine, In Conversation with Non Profit Leaders features a roundtable discussion among representatives from local non profit organizations. Below is an excerpt from the conversation in which Debbie Mason of Tidewell Foundation and Empath-Stratum Tidewell Hospice shares insight on how her organization has responded to unprecedented grief within the community.


We established early on that people were not being able to process grief in a normal way and that grief was expanded to many other topics beyond death. It was loss of routine, loss of connectivity, loss of normalcy, and so we very quickly established a 24/7 bilingual community helpline so that our trained therapists could work with people who were feeling alone or isolated or whatever they might be feeling. We also realized that people wanted ways to continue to process grief so we expanded the number of groups that we work with in the community and started obviously doing those electronically via Zoom. We’ve been the community’s grief service provider for 40 years for free for everything, whether people have a miscarriage or a car wreck or whatever travesty comes to them and their family and so we were able to really expand our free services to people and also where appropriate, we’re still doing in-person services safely, distanced and masked and all of those things. We’ve also realized that there’s this collective grief and so in May we’ve done two free community collective grief ceremonies, one in Sarasota County, one in Manatee County, and then Charlotte and DeSoto County in June. People outside, socially distanced, with chairs and masks, and just to collectively have a sense of peace followed by a meditation walk. Of course we also have our Blue Butterfly program for children. It is the only evidence-based program that offers free services to children and their family when they’ve lost an immediate family member. So the demand for that exploded and fortunately we were able to have some grantors that helped us expand our offerings of those throughout the four county region so there are lots of partners doing lots of good work and that’s just an example of Tidewell’s work in that area. Schools call us in, employers call us in, every time there’s a community disaster, our mental health leaders are there and provide continuity to families. 

This is an excerpt from the In Conversation with Non Profit Leaders published in the July 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine. Click here to see the full article.  

Read More From In Conversation Here

[New Show]  Songs On the Circle Live Music Event Returns to St. Armands Circle

St. Armands Circle’s summer happening series, “Sol of the Circle,” is scheduled to resume on Tuesday at 6pm with free live musical performances spread throughout the sprawling outdoor shopping and dining destination. Songs on the Circle is free and open to the public. The event series will continue on the first Tuesday of each month through the end of summer. Remaining dates include August 3 and September 7, from 6-7pm. 

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[New Show]  Last Chance: An Evening at The Hermitage Artist Retreat on the Beach

In a collaboration between the Hermitage Artist Retreat and Art Center Sarasota, two acclaimed visual artists and Hermitage Fellows — interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight, and figurative artist Robert Pruitt — offer an intimate and candid discussion about their creative process in “Identity in Art,” an artists-in-conversation program. Friday, August 6th at 6:30pm.  

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[New Hire]  Ringling College of Art and Design Appoints New Senior Leadership

On behalf of Ringling College of Art and Design, College President Dr. Larry R. Thompson would like to formally announce and introduce two key members of the senior leadership team at the College; Dr. Tracy A Wagner and Dr. Jason L. Good. 

Dr. Tracy Wagner previously served as Ringling College’s Vice President for Finance and Administration. Effective June 1, 2021, Dr. Wagner joined Ringling College President Dr. Larry R. Thompson in the Office of the President, serving in a new role of Executive Vice President. In this position she will work directly with Dr. Thompson leading a number of special initiatives of the College, including institutional strategic planning, working to further engage the College’s Board of Trustees, and helping to further connect the Sarasota Art Museum campus and the Main campus. She will also be responsible for overseeing the Offices of Human Resources and Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, and serve as the College’s Title IX Coordinator.

Dr. Jason Good will now serve as Ringling College’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. Dr. Good is a strong academic administrator who has been a leader in admissions, recruitment, marketing, communications, retention, and study abroad programs. He most recently served as Vice President for Innovation and Student Recruitment at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), where he oversaw student recruitment and university marketing and communications; led the team that enrolled the largest first-year class at EMU in four years; and managed the strategy for awarding the institution's multi-million-dollar financial aid budget. In addition, Dr. Good was Director of Admissions and Director of Retention during his time at EMU.


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[Medical]  SMH Recruits World Leader in Thyroid/ Parathyroid Surgery to the Suncoast

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has recruited Ralph P. Tufano, MD, MBA, FACS, a widely recognized leader in the management of thyroid/parathyroid disease, to oversee its first multi-specialty practice dedicated to the care and treatment of patients with thyroid nodules, cancers and other diseases and disorders of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Respected across the world for his research and innovative treatment of thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, benign thyroid diseases and parathyroid disease, Dr.Tufano joined Sarasota Memorial First Physicians Group in July. He comes to Sarasota from Baltimore, Maryland, where he spent the past 20 years as a professor, researcher, practicing surgeon and director of the Multi-Disciplinary Thyroid Tumor Center and division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Board certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and fellowship trained in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Dr. Tufano specializes in the management of hyperparathyroidism, thyroid cancer, associated neck lymph node metastases, and advanced and invasive thyroid cancers. His pioneering work in molecular markers, improving surgical outcomes, nerve monitoring and novel treatment techniques such as such as scarless surgery and radiofrequency ablation has helped shape and personalize treatment for patients with thyroid and parathyroid diseases, and adds a critical new specialty to support the SMH team of surgical oncologists, Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute, and people living on the Suncoast.


[Recognition]  Shutts & Bowen Partner Charla Burchett Recognized as 2021 Florida Super Lawyer

Shutts & Bowen LLP is pleased to announce that Sarasota partner Charla M. Burchett, as well as 46 other attorneys,  have been recognized among the 2021 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.  

[In This Issue]  Faithful Friend Betrayed

Amore reemerges to terrorize cod with Portuguese offerings. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's July/August 2021 edition.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Saito Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening , March 14 – August 15, Museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to present Saito Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening. The exhibition will open Mar 14, 2021 and run through Aug 15, 2021 in the Ringling’s Searing galleries. Comprised of recent donations of artworks by Saitō from Charles and Robyn Citrin to The Ringling and other collections, Saito Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening is the first comprehensive exhibition of this artist’s work in the United States. The exhibition focuses on prints Saito created in the 1940s and 50s, arguably the most vibrant period of his career, and includes several rare, early designs. Saito Kiyoshi’s (Japanese 1907–1997) keen sense of design, superb technique, and engagement with an appealing variety of themes made him one of the best known and most popular Japanese print artists of the twentieth century. Dr. Rhiannon Paget, Curator of Asian Art said, “Visitors to the exhibition will see many of the imaginative designs that made Saito Kiyoshi one of Japan’s most beloved printmakers, especially in the United States. Saito’s corpus encompasses urban and natural landscapes, female subjects, theater, architecture, and cats that reveal his curious mind, sensitive eye, and playful sense of humor.” The exhibition is accompanied by a 200-page illustrated catalogue edited by Rhiannon Paget and with essays by Paul Binnie, Noriko Kuwahara, Rhiannon Paget, and Judith A. Stubbs, and published by Scala.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex: Summer Swim Lessons, Programming & Extended Hours , May 8 – August 31

The City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District is increasing the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming at the Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex. From lessons, to extended hours, they have your swimming needs covered. Learn to Swim: This program provides a positive, fun-filled opportunity for youth to learn abilities that will help reduce the number of water accidents and provide lifelong skills in swimming. Swim lessons are geared toward youth ages 6 months to 12 years. Participants will be divided into classes based on their abilities and ages. Sessions offer eight lessons for a registration fee of $65. Parent & Me classes are offered in a four-week session consisting of four lessons on Saturday mornings for $35. Adding to Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex’s Aquatic Programming is the Aqua Blast Class. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday for a steady paced cardio exercises mixed with weights and resistance training. This new class is a great way to burn calories just before lunch time. Non-swimmers welcomed, as this class is in our 3-foot Water Instructional Pool. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting May 11 from 10am to 10:45am. Ages 18 and up are welcome, and classes are $3 each. Purchase a 5-Class Pack for $55. Registration Deadline: Mondays prior to Tuesday class and Wednesday prior to Thursday class. Call 941-263-6732 or register on eTrak: https://www.letsplaysarasota.com/program-guide/online-registration/how-to-register. Starting May 8 Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex will be open on Saturdays. Reservations are available on the hour between 11am and 4pm. The high diving board is closed, but the low diving board will be available. Reservations for Saturday swim are now available on eTrak: https://www.letsplaysarasota.com/program-guide/online-registration/how-to-register.

[SOON]  HEALTH: St. Armands Circle: Sol of the Circle: Breathe: An Outdoor Yoga Series , June 9 – September 8, 6pm-7pm

Life on the Circle only gets better when days are bathed in the summer sun. Enjoy a breath of fresh air and immerse yourself in the perfect setting for adventure and fun. Join us for the “Sol of the Circle,” a series of special events for the entire family. Breathe: An Outdoor Yoga Series will take place every second Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm. Dates are June 9, July 14, August 11, and September 8.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine: Rise and Shine Morning Paddle: Kayaking with Mote , June 15 – August 24, 7:30am-9am

Start your morning with a guided kayak tour of Sarasota Bay Staring June 15 and until August 24 from 7:30am to 9am. Paddle across shallow seagrass beds and take in the wildlife that depends on this ecosystem. Soak up some early rays as we look for dolphins, manatees, birds and more. Ages: 12 and older ONLY (no minors under the age of 12 are permitted); any participant under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a paying adult participant. Tickets are $36 for members and $40 for non-members. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Great Balls of Fire , June 15 – August 22

In the Cabaret, FST will present the ultimate tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis: Great Balls of Fire. Created by Jason Cohen and Michael Schiralli, Great Balls of Fire brings the ivory-smashing superstar back to life, featuring “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” This electrifying act will play in FST’s Court Cabaret beginning Tuesday, June 15 and will play through August 22. Jerry Lee Lewis was the original bad boy of Rock & Roll. Led by Jason Cohen, who has played Lewis in nearly 80 cities across North America, Great Balls of Fire brings the ivory-smashing superstar back to life. With hits from the ‘50s and beyond, including “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” this electrifying act will have you dancing in your seat.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine: Shark Pups & Grownups Class , June 12 – August 28, 9:30am-11am

MEGA-lodon sized fun for you and your little one! Join us as we explore the marine environment through imaginative play, songs, crafts and more. For preschool (2-5) aged kids and their favorite adult. Each class includes: movement (Ocean Moves with Mote), science tool exploration, role play/games, and immersive water time (dipnetting in the bay). All classes meet at the Whale Fountain at the entrance to The Aquarium. Be sure to read your confirmation email to know what to bring and wear to class. Click on "More Info" for additional details on our Shark Pups and Grownup class offerings, as well as information on at home options for Shark Pups near and far. Dates: June 12, 2021, June 26, 2021, July 10, 2021, July 24, 2021, August 14, 2021, and August 28, 2021 from 9:30am to 11am. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Skyway 20/21 Exhibition , June 20 – September 26, 10am-5pm

The Skyway 20/21 exhibition, now in its second iteration, is a celebration of artistic practices in the Tampa Bay region, as it is a collaboration between four institutions: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Tampa Museum of Art; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa. Working together, curators from each institution will offer context for the diversity of art being made in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. Artworks and projects in the exhibition will be selected by museum curators and the guest juror, Claire Tancons, an independent curator and scholar whose practice takes a global focus on the conditions of cultural production. 


The Ringling Museum , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: St. Armands Circle: Sol of the Circle: St. Armands Family Day , June 27 – September 26, 11am-1pm

Life on the Circle only gets better when days are bathed in the summer sun. Enjoy a breath of fresh air and immerse yourself in the perfect setting for adventure and fun. Join us for the “Sol of the Circle,” a series of special events for the entire family. St. Armands Family Day will take place every last Sunday from 11am to 1pm. Dates are June 27, July 25, August 29, and September 26.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine: 'Seas' the Summer with Miss Dana , June 16 – August 4, 1:30pm-3pm

Put a STEAM twist on your summer fun with Mote starting June 16 and until August 4 from 1:30pm to 3pm. Join Miss Dana, creator of Mote’s popular homeschool programs, each week this summer to learn about ocean animals as we explore the Sarasota Bay or get ArtSEA making upcycled crafts while learning how to protect the ocean. Whether you want your fins in the water or prefer sharks and crafts, we will ‘seas’ the summer. This program is for ages 6-14, accompanied with a parent/guardian (one parent/guardian is included with each participant fee). Due to health and safety restrictions, only one adult chaperone is allowed per paid child and additional (younger or older) siblings or other family members will not be permitted to attend the program; please make sure you complete registration for each participating child in your family. Admission to Mote Aquarium is NOT included with this program. Please visit mote.org/visit for information and to reserve tickets.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Skyway 2020: A Contemporary Collaboration , June 20 – October 3, 10am-5pm

The Skyway 2020 exhibition, now in its second iteration, is a celebration of artistic practices in the Tampa Bay region, as it is a collaboration between four institutions: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Tampa Museum of Art; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa. Working together, curators from each institution will offer context for the diversity of art being made in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. Artworks and projects in the exhibition will be selected by museum curators and the guest juror, Claire Tancons, an independent curator and scholar whose practice takes a global focus on the conditions of cultural production. Tancons has curated biennials around the world, including Prospect.1, New Orleans; the 2008 Gwangju Biennial; and the 2019 Sharjah Biennial. This exhibit will begin on June 20, 2021 and will end on October 3, 2021. Runs from 10am to 5pm.

The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road

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