Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative Receives Grant from GCCF for its Visions in Black Initiative

The Giving Coast

Pictured: Krystle Lemonias, courtesy of the organization

Michéle Des Verney Redwine, the founder of the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC), announced that the nonprofit was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for its 'Visions in Black' initiative. According to Redwine, the program was created to help regional college students of color, who are also emerging artists, discover opportunities to promote and exhibit their art. Artists Jesse Clark and Krystle Lemonias were selected to coordinate the program at area-based colleges and higher education institutions. These include New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, and USF Sarasota-Manatee and Tampa. This initiative will culminate with a juried “Visions in Black” exhibition of works by some of the program’s participating artists at Art Center Sarasota in January.

“The overarching goal is to ignite greater interest in art by artists of African descent and engage our school systems on proactive paths to work with students from underrepresented communities," said Redwine, "‘Visions in Black’ was created to spread this level of interest, advocacy, and education to the next generation in the college and university communities.”

Jesse Clark and Krystle Lemonias were winners of the 2021 “Black Muse” exhibition and program, a joint collaborative between SBAC, Art Center Sarasota, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The three groups collaborated to present the 2021 exhibit, which solicited work from artists of African descent throughout the state of Florida. 

For more information about the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, visit suncoastblackartscollaborative.org.

Pictured: Krystle Lemonias, courtesy of the organization

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