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SRQ DAILY May 4, 2023

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"Public art is always one of the best places to intervene in the day to day life of a person."

- Mary Davis Wallace, Senior Planner and Public Art Manager for the city of Sarasota

[April 10x10]  The April 10x10 Speakers Share Stories of Inspiration
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

At last Thursday’s 10x10 Series, presented by Halflants and Pichette Architects, speakers from various local circles shared compelling stories about their work and lives. During the event, ten speakers, each an expert in their field, are challenged to create a ten-slide presentation, with only 30 seconds to speak about each slide. While the presenters work in a vast array of areas, from commercial real estate to painting, their talks all shared some element of what inspires them.

For some presenters, like Ian Black, founder of Ian Black Real Estate, travel and time spent with family drive him forward. He spoke about his childhood in Ireland, his fascination with the countries of Israel and Panama and his love for his wife. “What keeps me going are our two daughters and three wonderful grandchildren. We live our lives vicariously through them. They keep us going and we love them,” he said.

Other speakers, like creative director and educator Amanda Elsbree, discussed the ways that fashion, dance and design move her, displaying images of vintage clothing and connecting them to costumes worn to this day during ballet performances. Artist Tim Jaeger offered the audience a glimpse into his process of turning beach observations into vibrant paintings of people floating on inner tubes by the shore. “I started flying drones over our beaches about 10 years ago, looking at how people arranged themselves there and embracing the rich colors that are all around us, which evolved into different paintings,” adds Jaeger. “I got into texture. With artificial intelligence and everything that’s around us now, I wanted to create something with a surface. While technology is constantly in our faces, you can never fall out of love with a real painting.”

Although each speaker’s relationship with their own sources of inspiration remains an intimate experience, their presentations illustrate their enthusiasm for sharing that spark of an idea with the rest of the world. Senior Planner and Public Art Manager for the city of Sarasota Mary Davis Wallace delved into the importance of public art for all people. “Public art planning is the intersection of planning and placemaking. We try to create beautiful spaces and utilize public art in different ways and stages,” she says. From an image of a giant smiley face squished into an alley to a cloudlike fountain in a park, she examined how this kind of art impacts communities. “Public art is always one of the best places to intervene in a person’s day-to-day life,” adds Wallace, eager to pass the inspirational baton on to the community and mirror the goals of the 10x10 to bring everyone together.

The 10x10 Series will return on May 25th for the first time in Tampa. The next Sarasota event will occur this fall. For more information, visit 10slides10speakers.com. 

Mary Davis Wallace speaks about public art at the April 10x10 Series. Photo by Nicholas Ferris.

[Family Event]  Take Your Child to Work Day at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital

Children got a chance to go behind the scenes at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital as part of Take Your Child to Work day. They came to work with mom and dad and got to tour the emergency room, try out surgical instruments and see what happens in radiology. The goal is to help children learn more about what their parents do when they are away from home and inspire the next generation to pursue careers in healthcare. The children started the day in human resources and had their photos taken. They were given official name badges and after a hospital tour and some hands on T-L-C lessons for their teddy bears, they joined their parents for lunch in the hospital cafeteria. 

[Education]  ENTITY Academy Bridges the Gap for High School Graduates

With college acceptance letters now going out to high school seniors, students are experiencing the joy or the disappointment of getting into the school of their dreams or evaluating what comes next. For many who had their hearts set on a four-year university, now will be a time of confusion, stress and reflection, as major life decisions need to be made fast. If they don’t want to take a “gap year” or go to a community college, there is now a powerful and impactful new path to reaching the school and ultimately the job of their dreams – ENTITY Academy (EntityAcademy.com) ENTITY Academy is dedicated to closing the gender pay gap by training, mentoring and placing women in 21st century careers. They plan to upskill/mentor/provide career placement opps to over 1M women by 2025 and it is a perfect solution for those that might not have been accepted to their college choice or who may not be able to afford a four-year school at this time. An eight-month program at ENTITY can prepare female students for a high-tech career, while giving their college resume a major boost, as they can seek to re-apply for admissions in the future. The skills and education provided by ENTITY will give students an advantage compared to their counterparts while separating them from the pack for those making the college admission decisions. It’s a great solution that helps turn a challenging situation into a positive while providing graduating seniors with a new option for their educational future. The online and in-house programs at ENTITY offer real-world work experience (no fetching coffee here); top-notch curricula; soft skills workshops in resilience, leadership, and communication; and, of course, world-class mentors. At ENTITY, students have the unique opportunity to explore their creative passions while learning from successful women. A college rejection letter does not have to mean the end of the road for a dream. With ENTITY Academy an impactful education experience can still be the next step and set students on the road to success. 

To learn more click here.

[Sarasota Performing Arts Foundation]  A Place for Ideas. A Place for the Arts. A Place for You.

Sarasota Performing Arts Foundation's Artist-in-Residence program brings nationally recognized artists to the Gulf Coast Region to engage in artistic exploration of a community need.

Our 2023 Artist-in-Residence was Adrian Anantawan, a renowned violinist with a limb disability who joined us for a week-long residency to explore access to the arts and what it looks like in our community. 

Click Here To Learn More

[Educator Fellowships]  Barancik Foundation Invites Sarasota County Educators to Dream Big

With the Sarasota County school year coming to an end, Barancik Foundation is inviting educators to make time this summer to design fellowships that help renew and reinvigorate their love of the profession. Beginning May 1, eligible educators can apply for up to $12,000 through the foundation’s TIME Fellowship initiative. Launched in 2022, the Time to Inspire Margie’s Educators (TIME) Fellowship was developed in honor of Margie Barancik, a former educator who understood the impact of having a motivated, highly effective teacher in the classroom. To celebrate her commitment to education, 25 educators are awarded the unique opportunity to develop fellowships that provide personal or professional renewal, directly impacting Sarasota County’s classrooms each year. To date, 50 local educators have received funding to support childhood dreams and bucket list experiences, from African safaris to European adventures, diving the Great Barrier Reef, and exploring the city streets of New York. Each fellowship expands the educator’s experiences funneling inspiration to Sarasota County students. Sarasota County educators who lead and/or teach in traditional public schools, not including private, charter, or virtual schools, are invited to apply. This includes teachers of record (licensed teachers assigned the lead responsibility for full-time instruction and grade assignment in classrooms), assistant principals, and principals. To learn more about qualifications, the fellowship timeline, and application process, visit barancikfoundation.org/TIME. 

[Funding]  New College of Florida Receives Record Funding from Florida Legislature

New College of Florida has received a record level of funding in the Florida Legislature’s 2023-24 General Appropriations Act (GAA), bringing the total new funding received in the last 90 days to $50 million. In total, in the GAA, New College received $10 million in additional recurring funding, $15 million in nonrecurring funding, $5.8 million for renovations to the Hamilton Classroom Building Remodeling, $3.5 million in renovations for the Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center. This is in addition to the $15 million in funding authorized by the legislative budget commission previously, bringing the total funding in 90 days to nearly $50 million.
Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida was named the No. 5 Public National Liberal Arts College from U.S. News & World Report in 2023 and is the Honors College of Florida. New College provides students with a highly individualized education that combines academic excellence with career preparation experiences. New College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences; a master’s degree program in applied data science; and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills. 

[Grant]  Grant from Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch Funded 1,000 Area Students to Visit Embracing Our Differences 2023 Exhibit

Sarah Wertheimer, the executive director of Embracing Our Differences (EOD), recently announced that a $5,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch provided vital resources for 1,000 area students to participate in EOD’s field trip program. This initiative underwrites bus transportation and docent-led tours for thousands of students and teachers to visit EOD’s annual outdoor exhibit. This year, to celebrate EOD’s 20th anniversary, the organization presented two exhibits—one in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park (January 18-March 12) and the second in North Port’s Butler Park (March 22-April 19). In all, more than 15,500 students participated in the field trip program. EOD’s annual outdoor exhibits are the heart of a year-round program of activities designed to use art as a catalyst to create awareness and promote respect, kindness, and belonging. 

[Feature]  Turning 25

Turning 25 | Mark Famiglio, and the untold story (until now!) of the Sarasota Film Festival, May/June 2023. 

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Renee Linnell Book Signing at Elysian Fields , May 3 – May 4, 12-2 pm

Renowned author and spiritual teacher Renee Linnell is set to visit Elysian Fields in Sarasota and University Park for a book signing event on May 3 and May 4, respectively. This event provides an excellent opportunity for fans to meet the author, get their books signed, and interact with like-minded individuals. Linnell is the author of the critically acclaimed book "The Burn Zone: A Memoir," a memoir that chronicles her journey from a successful entrepreneur to a cult member, and her eventual awakening and escape from the cult. The book has received widespread praise for its unflinching honesty, courage, and wisdom, and has become a bestseller in many countries. During the book signing event, attendees will have the chance to meet Linnell, purchase a copy of her new book, "Still on Fire", and have it personally signed by the author. Linnell will also be available to answer questions, share insights, and converse with fans. The book signing event will occur on May 3 at our 1273 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota store and May 4 at our 8207 Cooper Creek Blvd, University Park store. Both events will begin at noon and end at 2 pm. For more information about the event, please visit our website or contact us at 941-361-3006 (Sarasota) or 941-893-5787 (University Park).

[SOON]  MUSIC: Illyrian Symphony Orchestra Concert , May 4, 7:30-8:30 pm
Join us for a wonderful night of music that will uplift your spirit with Illyrian Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Andi Zdrava. Works by Elgar, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Schubert will be performed. Admission is free. Incarnation Catholic Church, 2901 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, IllyriansymphonyOrchestra.org.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Ringling College Senior Thesis Exhibitions , May 2 – May 5, Various times
Senior thesis exhibitions are on view through May 5, all on-campus galleries. These exhibitions feature design projects created by Ringling College seniors from every major. Visit ringling.edu to learn more. Ringling College Galleries and Exhibition, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show , May 2 – May 26, During gallery hours

Madeby Gallery invites you to the Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show now through May 26. Over 50 of Tim’s original paintings, giclee on canvas, and lithograph prints are for sale. Many have been personalized on the back by Tim, which brings added value to the Disney piece. Don't miss this rare opportunity to add to your Disney collection. Tim Rogerson is a Disney Fine Artist and Ringling College Alumnus. He is one of only a select group of artists allowed to recreate iconic Disney characters and scenes. Visit madebygallery.com to learn more. Madeby Gallery, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Extended Orioles Spring Training , April 28 – June 3, Various times

With the Major League Baseball season now underway, the Orioles’ year-round baseball operations continue in Sarasota with Extended Spring Training. The public is invited to watch Orioles minor league players in action at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in April, May, and June. Baltimore’s farm system is currently rated as the top player development system in baseball, according to Baseball America, ESPN, and MLB Pipeline. Visit orioles.com/sarasota to learn more.

[SOON]  FOOD: Cinco de Mayo Block Party at Roccos Tacos and Tequila Bar , May 5, Block party runs through 2 pm to 2 am, restaurant opens at 11 am

Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a block party at the University Town Center location, along with pop-up food and drink vendors, door prizes and live entertainment all weekend long. On Friday, May 5, guests are invited to party all day and into the night with free shots of Santo Tequila and live music while indulging in authentic Mexican cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and over 300 tequila varieties. Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, 243 North Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, roccostacos.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Fridays Cinco de Mayo , May 5, 7-10 pm
This week, the Downtown Improvement District is hosting the Cinco de Mayo celebration of the night. On May 5th, the freshest block party in town will be filled with vibrant Mexican culture and live entertainment by Johnathon Cortez at our new location on Palm Avenue adjacent to the Art Ovation Hotel. Satiate your appetite with Mexican fare and wet your palate with delectable Cinco de Mayo beverages. Fresh Fridays do not wait to get the party going, so come early for signature giveaways and get a polaroid taken with friends and family to commemorate the night. Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 North Palm Ave., Sarasota, did-sarasota.com.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles , May 5, 8 pm

Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles, is excited to announce that in addition to paying tribute to Abbey Road they will be performing your favorites from the Rooftop Concert as well as all of your other favorites at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event. Together longer than The Beatles, Rain has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. Let Rain take you back with all of the greatest hits along with all of your other Beatles favorites! This adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends. Tickets are $37-$87 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: PoetryMic at Bookstore1Sarasota , May 7, 2-3 pm

Bookstore1 PoetryMic will feature Jack Massa, Lois Betterton, and Bubba Henson with readings of original poems by local poets in the loft at Bookstore1Sarasota. Our PoetryMic series introduces you to a varied group of talented poets that live in and around Sarasota. But you never know what visiting, well-known poets may drop by the loft. Bookstore1Sarasota, 117 South Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: She Engineers at the Bishop , January 24 – July 30, During museum hours

SHE ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English and Spanish) poster exhibition highlighting eight women in various engineering fields. In their own words, the women share their passion and what inspired them to become engineers. If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Eco Engineers , April 12 – September 3, During museum hours

Eco Engineers are plants and animals that profoundly impact their ecosystem. Through their presence or behavior, eco engineers create microhabitats, or unique areas within an ecosystem. Other species have taken notice of these microhabitats and decided to move in! In this exhibition, explore nine of Florida’s eco engineers and discover why our landscape wouldn’t be the same without them. Eco Engineers is a bilingual (English and Spanish) special exhibition created by our own Museum curators. Included with museum admission. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Reel Music at the Florida Studio Theatre , February 15 – June 25, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre presents the original music revue, Reel Music, celebrating the movies that helped create the soundtrack to the last century. Featuring classics like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Circle of Life,” and “My Heart Will Go On,” this new Cabaret traces how films—and the music highlighted in them—have evolved over the past one hundred years. Created by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, and Sarah Durham with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, Reel Music begins playing February 15, 2023, in FST’s Court Cabaret. Single tickets for Reel Music
range between $18-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Comedy Roulette , April 13 – May 17, Various times

FST Improv’s free-form show, Comedy Roulette, is an off-the-wall improvisation potpourri where performers are freed from the traditional do’s and don’ts of improv. Instead, improvisers are encouraged to follow the funny and launch into a new scene or storyline whenever inspiration strikes. Comedy Roulette plays Saturdays in FST’s Bowne’s Lab from April 8 to May 17, 2023. Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Spring Play Reading Festival , April 28 – May 5, 3 pm

FST’s 29th Burdick New Play Festival features staged readings of new works by contemporary American playwrights. This year’s Festival features the heartfelt one-man musical, Todd vs. The Titanic by Scott Rothman, Joe Kinosian, and Kellen Blair, and the dark comedy, Bleeding Hearts by Steve Yockey. Readings will takeplace on April 28, and May 5 at 3PM each day in FST’s Keating Theatre. Single tickets are $10. Subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or by calling FST’s Box Office at 941.366.9000. Florida Studio Theatre, Keating Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Unique Differences at Art Uptown Gallery , May 2 – May 26, Various times

The newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the May exhibit, Unique Differences showcasing their original paintings. Meet the artists, Ian Begg, Lynn Armstrong Coffin, and Tammy Keller, at the First Friday public reception on May 5 from 6-9 p.m. All four award-winning artists are local, full-time residents of Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 29 and runs through Friday, May 26. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of award-winning regional artists is exhibited daily. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Joseph's Coat, Skyspace by James Turrell , April 13 – May 26, Various times

Joseph’s Coat: Skyspace by James Turrell (2011) is a triumph of technology, engineering, and aesthetics. The Skyspace, created by internationally-renowned artist James Turrell, is a gathering place for contemplation and offers a unique 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 we view the sky through the 24-foot aperture in the ceiling, affecting our perception of the natural environment and the surroundings. As we gaze up at the sky we are invited to contemplate light, perception, and experience. Tickets are $10 and are free for members. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

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