Art Center Sarasota Announces Appointment of Development Director; Iris Starr brings a wealth of experience in fundraising and building strategic community partnerships

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May 14, 2014


Lisa Berger § 941-365-2032 § [email protected]

Art Center Sarasota Announces

Appointment of Development Director

Iris Starr brings a wealth of experience in fundraising and building strategic community partnerships.


(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota announces the appointment of Iris Starr as the organization’s new development director. Starr is well known in the Sarasota-Manatee community for her leadership roles in several of the region’s top organizations and businesses. She opened and was general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue in Sarasota for six years. In her role at Saks, Starr created a wealth of successful fundraising initiatives and community outreach programs. She also served as director for Leadership Giving at the American Cancer Society and was East County assistant publisher at the Observer.

“Art Center Sarasota is an integral and dynamic part of this region’s arts and cultural fabric,” says Starr. “I’m excited to join such a vital arts organization and build upon the tremendously important work that has already been done. Art Center Sarasota has a great reputation for creating innovative ways to engage our community. I look forward to contributing to those ongoing efforts.”

In her new role with Art Center Sarasota, Starr will be responsible for the development and implementation of all aspects of the organization’s fundraising and community relations campaigns.

“We feel privileged to have someone with Iris’s credentials join Art Center Sarasota’s team,” says Lisa Berger, the center’s director. “Her success in raising funds and improving visibility for non-profit organizations will guide our organization forward into the future.”

For more information about Art Center Sarasota, call 941-365-2032.


About Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.


Art Center Sarasota

707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 941-365-2032 § Fax: 941-366-0585


Gallery Hours:

Free admission

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Closed Sunday

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