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SRQ DAILY May 11, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"To make a difference in the lives of the clients they serve, our area’s nonprofits seek funding to improve their facilities, technology, energy efficiency and their ability to reach clients beyond their physical location."

- Carol Butera, Selby Foundation President and CEO.

[Community Leadership]  Foundation Announces 2022 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute Class

Gulf Coast Community Foundation has selected 24 participants from across the region for its 2022 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. Through this annual initiative, the foundation provides intensive, high-quality leadership training designed to identify, develop, and connect a diverse and growing group of aspiring community leaders. Class members will take part in seven training sessions from May through June conducted by the acclaimed Leadership Development Institute of Eckerd College. Gulf Coast provides all training and resources at no cost to participants in exchange for their commitment to use their new skills to benefit the community.  This is the 14th year that Gulf Coast Community Foundation has offered the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. In all, over 300 community members have completed the training provided through this leadership-development initiative. Many continue to work together on civic initiatives and community-improvement projects, as well as participate in periodic learning and reunion opportunities offered to Gulf Coast Leadership Institute alumni. 

Pictured: GCLI 2022 group. Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Community Foundation

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[Gift presented]  Ringling College Library Association makes $600,000 gift to Ringling College

As part its ongoing commitment of support, the Ringling College Library Association (RCLA) presented a gift of $600,000 to Ringling College President Dr. Larry Thompson. RCLA President Emily Walsh and the board of directors presented Dr. Thompson with a check at their May meeting. The funds are part of RCLA’s most recent gift commitment of $3 million supporting the Alfred R. Goldstein Library and student scholarships. The often sold-out series had disruptions and delays like all other large gathering events since March of 2020 but was able to reset and present the series with speakers beginning in November until wrapping the season in March. All proceeds from the TOWN HALL Lecture Series support the associations giving to Ringling College. “Just as we have done since 1981, The RCLA board is pleased to honor our gift commitment to Ringling College of Art and Design ” said RCLA Executive Director Stephanie Grosskreutz. “With commitments of over $11 million, RCLA is one of the largest donors to Ringling College”. RCLA recently announced the TOWN HALL 2023 line up featuring; Maria Ressa, Michael Phelps, Admiral James Stavridis, Jose Andres and Thomas Friedman. To learn more about RCLA and the TOWN HALL series visit RCLAssociation.org. 

[Grants Awarded]  Selby Foundation Awards nearly $1.1 million to Area Nonprofit Organizations in Spring Grant Cycle

The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation recently awarded nearly $1.1 million in grants to 17 nonprofit organizations which provide local communities with much needed services. The grants awarded this spring will have a wide-ranging impact in a number of program areas including Arts and Culture, Community and Civic, Education and Health and Human Services. “To make a difference in the lives of the clients they serve, our area’s nonprofits seek funding to improve their facilities, technology, energy efficiency and their ability to reach clients beyond their physical location,” states Carol Butera, the Selby Foundation’s president and CEO. “The Selby Foundation is uniquely positioned to provide for those capital needs allowing the recipient organizations to more effectively focus on their respective missions.” $1,075,314 in grants by program category total: Arts and Culture - $83,000; Community and Civic - $442,480; Education - $100,000; Health and Human Services - $449,834. 

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[Celebration]  Art Uptown Gallery Celebrates its 42rd "Summer in the City" in Sarasota

Art Uptown Gallery will be celebrating its 42nd summer with “Summer in the City,” an exhibit of new art by its 25 local artists.The mediums included are paintings, photography, sculpture, glass works, pottery and jewelry. Meet some of the artists on August 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the First Friday public reception at the gallery and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit opens on Saturday, July 30 and runs through Friday, August 19. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse art works of local, award-winning artists are exhibited. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information. 

[Healthy Living]  Crisp & Green Announces Expansion into Florida with 30 Locations Opening in Two Years

Steele Brands, a Minnesota-based company developing healthy lifestyle brands, today announced that its Crisp & Green brand is opening five locations in Central and Southwest Florida this spring and summer and a total of 30 locations statewide over the next two years. The first Florida Crisp & Green location will open in Venice on May 14, at 1695 U.S. 41 Bypass, Venice, Fla. A second location will open Founders Square I Naples on June 18. Crisp & Green will open additional locations this summer in Sarasota, Tampa, and Orlando. Established in 2016 by Steele Brands’ Founder & CEO Steele Smiley, Crisp & Green hasdelivered year-over-year growth by providing nutritious, made-from-scratch food in a fast and convenient setting. More than just great food, the company places special emphasis on its"Commitment to Community'' values by partnering with local fitness experts to providecomplimentary classes to their guests. Throughout the past five years, Crisp & Green hashosted more than 1,000 fitness events at its stores nationwide, creating a devoted followingand helping to make it one of the fastest-growing quick service restaurants (QSR) in thecountry. Beyond providing nutritious and convenient salads, grain bowls and smoothies to the community, Crisp & Green is also known for its partnerships with local fitness studios and certified trainers to offer complimentary workouts, typically held near the restaurant on the patio or in the parking lot. Through its mix of healthy meals and physical exercise, the brand aims to promote a culture of living and eating well, or “Living Crisp.” As Crisp & Green expands into Florida, the company is focused on connecting with local communities, fitness studios and ambassadors to create a community center that goes beyond serving food. In an effort to continue being locally owned and locally loved, fitness concepts and those interested in partnering with the brand are welcome to contactLindsay@crispandgreen.com. 

[Recognition Given]  Cindy Quinn Earns Titan Club Status

Cindy Quinn of RE/MAX Alliance Group has achieved the prestigious RE/MAX Titan Club Award, ranking #20 in Florida among top individual RE/MAX agents for commissions earned for residential and commercial sales combined.The Titan Club Award honors high-achieving real estate professionals for their service to buyers and sellers during the past year. Quinn has more than 20 years of real estate experience with strong local knowledge of the Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Bradenton markets. She is based in the Anna Maria Island office at 5316 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida 34217, and can be reached at (941) 780-8000 or Cindy@islandannamaria.com. 

[Upcoming Event]  The Argus Foundation to Host Visit Florida CEO Dana Young and FRLA CEO Carol Dover at “Meet the Minds” Event

The Argus Foundation will be hosting Dana Young, CEO of Visit Florida and Carol Dover, CEO of Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association to address the State of Florida Tourism at their
upcoming Meet the Minds event. As VISIT FLORIDA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dana Young leads Florida’s official destination marketing organization in partnership with its Board of Directors and the statewide tourism industry. Carol B. Dover has served as President and CEO of over 10,000 members of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) since July of 1995. Community members interested in this event must register to attend, as seating is limited. Tickets are $55 for Argus members and $65 for nonmembers. The event will take place at Michael's on East Ballroom, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota on Monday, May 16 th from 11:30AM to 1:30PM. 

[Recognition Given]  Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce Bethany Silvis, the firm’s Marketing Supervisor has been selected as the Rookie of the Year by the Association for Accounting Marketing. Bethany joined Kerkering Barberio is 2018. The Association for Accounting Marketing (AAM), is the leading authority for thought leadership and education in the accounting profession. AAM announced the recipients of its individual Marketing Achievement Awards (MAA) this week during its Annual Summit. Individual awards are presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievements in the accounting marketing profession, as well as contributions to AAM. 

[Lecture Series]  Local Program Working to Reintegrate Formerly Incarcerated Citizens Presents Community Lecture Series

In partnership with The Boxser Diversity Initiative, with Co-Chairs Leah Morris and David Shuel of Beneva Flowers and Plantscapes, Project 180 presents its ninth season of the nation’s only annual lecture series dedicated to prisoner reentry topics. The 2022 season addresses The Disease of Addiction: Filling Our Prisons and Jails. The Strong Voices Lecture Series provides meaningful public education about prisoner reentry issues and features nationally recognized scholars, industry experts, community leaders, and those impacted by incarceration and reentry. Strong Voices is an integral part of Project 180’s mission to reintegrate formerly incarcerated citizens into community life and serves as one of the organization’s major fundraisers to provide stable housing, educational programs, and resources for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals. All lectures are at Michael’s On East at 11:30 am. 

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[Hospital Recognition]  SMH Continues Straight “A” Safety Streak

Sarasota Memorial Hospital received another “A” in the spring 2022 Hospital Safety report cards released by the Leapfrog Group today. The national distinction recognizes the Sarasota hospital for its continuous achievements in protecting hospitalized patients from medical errors and preventable harm. The latest grades provide a look at the impact of COVID-19 on patient safety in nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide. Many hospitals received lower scores in the pandemic-era timeframe, reflecting how patient care worsened due to strains on the health care system and workforce, the Leapfrog report notes. Sarasota Memorial, however, maintained its straight-A streak. It has earned consecutive A’s since it began participating in the Leapfrog survey in 2016. SMH-Venice, which opened in November 2021, is not yet eligible to participate in the Leapfrog survey.

"Despite the rapid growth of our population, year after year of record-breaking patient volumes, and myriad challenges from the pandemic, our staff has once again demonstrated their expertise and unwavering commitment to deliver safe, high-quality care to our community,” said Sarasota Memorial Health Care System Chief Medical Officer James Fiorica, MD.

The Leapfrog Group assigns hospitals across the nation A, B, C, D or F safety grades in the spring and fall of each year assigns letter grades to hospitals based on 30 national performance measures reflecting each hospital’s record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Across all states, 33 percent of hospitals surveyed in the spring 2022 hospital safety study received an “A,” 24% received a “B,” 36% received a “C,” 7% received a “D,” and less than 1% received an “F.” The Leapfrog grading system is peer-reviewed, free to the public and designed to help patients choose the safest hospitals for their care. To view the full results of the Spring 2022 Leapfrog survey, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org. 

Pictured: Chief Medical Officer James Fiorica, MD.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Seeing the Invisible , September 25 – August 31, 10am-5pm

The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology will premiere at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, opening on September 25, 2021 and ongoing through August 31 2022, as one of 12 participating gardens across six countries. Seeing the Invisible features works by more than a dozen international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ first work in AR. Visitors will engage with Seeing the Invisible via an app designed for the exhibition downloadable to smartphones and tablets. Forging new links between botanical gardens located in diverse biomes around the globe, the exhibition fosters collaboration between institutions, artists, and audiences, highlighting the power of art to connect people around the world.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Ranch Nite Wednesdays , November 10 – May 31, 6-9pm

Your favorite weeknight hangout has arrived at its new home, Waterside Place, the newest town center in Lakewood Ranch. Ranch Nite Wednesdays will take place from 6-9pm, every Wednesday, starting November 10, 2021 and through May, 2022. It will feature New food trucks + dessert truck each week, Weekly live music from local artists, Night market every 2nd Wednesday hosted by Main Street Market LWR, Outdoor bar hosted by Waterside Place tenant Good Liquid Brewing & Scratch Kitchen, and The 2nd largest recreational cornhole league in the nation hosted by MVP Sports & Social.

[SOON]  GALLERY: As long as there is sun, as long as there is light: Selections from the Bring Gift and The Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art , November 21 – August 13, Museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of As long as there is sun, as long as there is light. Selections from the Bring Gift and The Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition will run Nov. 21, 2021 – Aug. 13, 2023, in the museum’s Searing Wing. In 2020, The Ringling received a significant gift of art from Murray Bring and Kay Delaney Bring, in support of the modern and contemporary collection. Highlights from the gift include an important minimalist work by Anne Truitt and a monumental work on canvas by Gene Davis, both artists affiliated with the Washington Color School, an art movement during the 1950s to 1970s in Washington D.C., made up of abstract expressionist artists Additional works in the gift represent a generation of prominent artists who work, or have worked, in abstraction, including Clement Meadmore, Jules Olitski, Beverly Pepper, Rebecca Salter, Kenneth Snelson, and Yuriko Yamaguchi, among others. Also on view are sculptures and paintings by distinguished African American and Latin American artists from The Ringling collection, including William Edmondson, Eduardo Mac Entyre, Omar Rayo, Baruj Salinas, and Joyce de Guatemala.  

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Art Museum: Jazz Thursdays , January 13 – January 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Jazz Thursdays at Sarasota Art Museum will runs through January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members. Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at our first Jazz Thursday at SAM, featuring Hot Club of SRQ. Sarasota Art Museum is partnering with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for Jazz Thursdays. Join us for our special late-night performances on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Jazz Thursdays will occur on the second Thursday of each month until January 12, 2023. Galleries + Bistro + Shop will be open.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Laughing Matters , February 9 – June 19, Varies.

Laughing Matters, FST’s hit musical sketch comedy show, is back for round six! And this time, nothing and no one is safe from a good-spirited roast. From never-ending Sarasota construction and the perpetual hunt for downtown parking to Mother Nature’s increasingly wild mood swings and our endless quest to stay young, Laughing Matters delivers fast-paced comedy inspired by the culture and politics of today. Laughing Matters, by head writer Rebecca Hopkins with contributing writers Kevin Allen, Sarah Durham, Stephan deGhelder, and Jim Prosser, will play beginning February 9, 2022 through June 19, 2022 in FST's Court Cabaret.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Eleanor Merritt: Remembrance , February 18 – August 21, Museum hours.

The Ringling is pleased to present an exhibition that celebrates the life and artwork of Eleanor Merritt from February 18, 2022 to August 21, 2022. Eleanor was a dedicated volunteer at The Ringling for many years as a docent and Board member. She also served as president of the Venice Art Center and was active in other arts organizations as well. Eleanor passed away in 2019 leaving a legacy of art and public service. This exhibition is dedicated to her spirit and creativity and represents a small sample of a significant body of work the artist created over her long career. Beginning with an early work from the 1950s Untitled (Seated Figure) and concluding with her last painting Blue Embrace of 2018, the exhibition highlights her creative use of materials, movement between figuration and abstraction, and her commitment to women’s rights. The works in the exhibition come from the artist’s estate and from a few prestigious private collections. The artist’s daughter, Lisa, and artist Mike Solomon were critical guides in the development of this exhibition. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Metadata: Rethinking Photography from the 21st Century , March 6 – August 28, Museum hours.

The exhibition features work from the past decade by an international selection of artists and visual activists that are working to make palpable the unseen information, or metadata, that undergirds the image regime. This includes not just the tags or descriptors attached to image files, but the power relationships, biases, and economic interests that are not always visible in the image itself. The exhibition emphasizes an expanded concept of photographic practice that includes research-based projects, installation, conceptual work, and activism as well as analog and digital photographs. Artists featured are Mohsen Azar, Viktoria Binschtok, Mladen Bizumic, Joy Buolamwini, Jason Lazarus, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Lilly Lulay, Trevor Paglen, and Penelope Umbrico. Metadata: Rethinking Photography in the 21st Century will be held at The John and Mable Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida from March 6 through August 28th, 2022. The exhibition is curated by Christopher Jones, Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan Curator of Photography and Media Art.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Improv: Comedy Freestyle , April 2 – May 28, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents Comedy Freestyle Beginning on April 2 and through May 28, 2022 at 7:30pm. What happens when you take some of your favorite improv games…and remove all the rules? Anything goes at Comedy Freestyle, an off-the-wall improvisation potpourri. Featuring a mashup of both short-form and long-form styles, audiences get the best of the art form when styles and techniques collide! We’ll set our performers free from all of the traditional dos and don’ts of improv, and you get to watch them figure out what comes next, completely on the spot. Tickets are $15 per person and the performance will take place in FST's Bowne's Lab.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: The Legend of Georgia McBride , April 6 – May 22, Varies.

He's young, he's broke, his landlord's knocking at the door, and he's just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is struggling with his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small-town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business - and himself. The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez will play beginning March 30, 2022 through May 22, 2022 in FST's Gompertz Theatre.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Different Strokes , April 30 – May 27, Gallery hours.

The newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the May exhibit, "Different Strokes," showcasing their paintings. Diane Boone, intuitive abstract painter, and Gillian St. George, hard-edge abstract painter, are both local, full-time residents of national recognition. Meet the artists on May 6 from 6pm to 9pm at the First Friday public reception at the gallery and Saturday, May 7 from 11am to 5pm, The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 30 and runs through Friday, May 27. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse art works of local, award-winning artists are exhibited. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  GALLERY: M A R A Art Studio + Gallery Presents "black+white" Monochrome Expression by 9 Artists , May 1 – May 31, Varies.

M A R A Art Studio + Gallery presents “black+white,” featuring monochromatic works by nine artists: Grace Howl, Jack Shapiro, Jana Millstone, Ralph Berger, Lisa DiFranza, Craig Palmer, Dan Wilkerson, Sam Wuerfel, and MARA Torres, May 1-31. The opening reception is Friday, May 6, 5:30-7 p.m. The gallery is at 1421 5th Street, Rosemary District, Sarasota. For more information, call (941) 914-8110 or visit MaraStudioGallery.com

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: From Birmingham to Broadway and Float Like a Butterfly , May 4 – May 29

This season, WBTT is also thrilled to present two world premiere one-act plays under the auspices of its New Playwrights Series. Tarra Conner jones has written and stars in an ode to Nell Carter, titled “From Birmingham to Broadway.” Nate Jacobs and his brother, Michael, have written a play about Muhammad Ali, titled “Float Like a Butterfly”; staring Darius Autry. These plays will be presented together from May 4 to 29, 2022. Ticket sales are scheduled to begin in the late summer. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: WBTT's One-Act Plays , May 4 – May 29, Varies.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will close its 2021-2022 season with two world-premiere one-act plays, under the auspices of its New Playwrights Series. These plays, "From Birmingham To Broadway” and “Float Like A Butterfly," will be presented together May 4-29. "From Birmingham to Broadway," an ode to Nell Carter, was written by and stars popular WBTT artist Tarra Conner jones. "Float Like a Butterfly," which examines the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali, was written by WBTT founder/artistic director Nate Jacobs' brother, Michael Jacobs, and stars Darius Autry. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: In-Studio Performance Series featuring SCDE: Spring Showcase , May 13 – May 14, 7pm

"SCDE Spring Showcase" Featuring works choreographed by SCDE Co-Directors Melissa Rummel and Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers, as well as guest artists Kathleen Candales and SCD Company Member Monessa Salley. This performance will take place on Friday May 13th at 7pm and Saturday May 14th at 3pm and 7pm and its Virtual Stream will take place on Saturday May 14th at 7pm.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Discover Mozart: Genius of Youth , May 14, 7:30pm

Musical prodigies have always fascinated. Britten wrote his Sinfonietta No. 1 at age 18, dedicating the ingenious work to his teacher. Mozart's highly dramatic Symphony No. 25, composed at 17, shows extraordinary musical maturity. Teen cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing makes her Sarasota debut playing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, proving that young people of rare talent are not just the stuff of legend and will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30pm at the Sarasota Opera House.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Poets Unplugged: An Evening of Spoken Word and Music , May 14, 7pm

Fogartyville will present the final event in their “Poets Unplugged” Spoken Word series on Saturday, May 14. Doors will open at 7pm as DJ Rozay sets the mood with his musical mix. At 8pm there will be a curated Open Mic featuring some of the best poets from the previous spoken word events. The featured poet this month will be local spoken word artist and series host Melanie Lavender. Tickets are $5 and are available online at www.Fogartyville.org. Food will be available for purchase from C&D’s Sandwich Shop.


[SOON]  MUSIC: UnidosNow Presents "NocheUnidos" , May 20 – May 21, Varies.

UnidosNow presents the acclaimed Mexican folkloric group Mariachi Cobre and the Venice Symphony, on Friday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and on Saturday, May 21, 2:30 p.m., at the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice. Michelle Merrill, the former associate conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will conduct both performances. The concerts commemorate UnidosNow's 10th anniversary, which has been delayed for two years due to the pandemic. Proceeds will raise valuable funds to empower UnidosNow's education, integration, and civic engagement initiatives. Tickets for the event, which range from $30 to $120, are now on sale at www.unidosnow.org/nocheunidos.

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