Van Wezel Foundation Names Kelli Maldonado Executive Director of Education & Lifelong Learning

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The Van Wezel Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to announce the addition of an executive director of education and lifelong learning to its team as the result of a major grant awarded by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. Kelli Maldonado, a respected educator and leader in the local, regional and national arts community, assumed the role on Monday, February 14, 2022, and will lead the effort to prioritize lifelong learning at the new Sarasota Performing Arts Center. Most recently, Maldonado served as the director of education and community engagement at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Prior, she held arts and education positions at Asolo Repertory Theatre here in Sarasota and Manhattan Theatre Club and New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City. Maldonado holds a master’s degree in applied theatre from City University of New York and a bachelor’s degree in theater from Pace University. Education has and continues to be at the core of the Foundation’s mission, and, in her role, Maldonado will continue the Foundation’s 30-year partnership with the Van Wezel Hall and continue to underwrite popular, philanthropic educational programming that serves more than 50,000 students, teachers and families annually, while creating a robust lifelong learning program for the new Sarasota Performing Arts Center.

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