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Attend the State of the Arts Opportunity Grant and John Ringling Tower Grant Writing Workshops


The State of the Arts Opportunity Grant and The John Ringling Tower 2015 Grant cycles are open. In order to complete the application in the most effective way, we recommend you attend one of our grant writing sessions.

Monday June 23 from 1 to 3 pm – Jacaranda Library
Tuesday, June 24 from 1 to 3 pm – The Center for Arts and Humanities in the first floor conference room

Learn more about the grants available and the guidelines for submission here.

Questions? Contact Amanda Heisey at (941) 365-5118 ext. 304 or [email protected].

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The Summer Circus Spectacular 2014 heats up the Historic Asolo



It’s a season for excitement as The Circus Arts Conservatory proudly teams up with The Ringling, for their eighth consecutive year, to present the fabulous and affordable Summer Circus Spectacular 2014. The world-class performances run through August 2 inside Sarasota’s Historic Asolo Theater. This one-of-a-kind production has become a celebrated summertime event on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Audiences will be delighted with hilarious clowning from Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey veteran and audience favorite, Chris “Bucky” Allison, and the masterful cube juggling of third generation circus extraordinaire, Vladimir Kim. There will also be astonishing displays of physical-strength and stamina from hand-balancing expert, Christian Stoinev and his special four-legged partner, Scooby the Chihuahua. The entertainment continues as the dynamic couple, Vladimir and Olga Smirnov, perform unbelievable, split-second, quick change feats. Of course, no Summer Circus Spectacular would be complete without the graceful flight of Sarasota’s very own, world-famous aerialist and “Queen of the Air,” Dolly Jacobs, soaring high overhead.

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Behind the Curtain: with Jennifer Archibald



On June 21, come take a look into the rehearsal process with Jennifer Archibald as she sets a brand new piece on Fuzión Dance Artists. Behind the Curtain: with Jennifer Archibald will take place at the New College Fitness Center at 11 a.m.

Archibald is Founder and Artistic Director of Arch Dance company and graduated from the Alvin Ailey School. She has performed across the U.S. as well as in Europe and Canada. Jennifer staged various off-Broadway shows working with casts from Bring in Da Noise Bring in Da Funk, and Cats and choreographed Carousel, The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Pippin for professional theater companies. She also choreographed for the NBA New York Knicks City Dancers and The Alvin Ailey School, served as a movement specialist and a choreographer for singer Shaggy and actresses Sarita Choudury and Audrey Tautou-Amelie. She currently serves on the faculty at Steps on Broadway, Dance New Amsterdam, Bates Dance Festival, and Florida Dance Festival.

Fuzión Dance Artists aims to bring contemporary dance to the community through eclectic performance and educational programming while collaborating with artists and community groups to further enrich the human experience.

There’s a $10 suggested donation and reservations are recommended; email [email protected].

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Little Grey Hat Productions presents The Last Five Years under the (digital) stars


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On June 21, new theater company Little Grey Hat Productions presents its production of The Last Five Years, at the South Florida Museum. The show will take place in the planetarium under the digital stars.

The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown is a beautiful, intensely personal musical about the beginning, middle and end of a relationship. A successful writer named Jamie (played by Dylan H. Jones) meets an ambitious actress named Cathy (played by Anna Trinci), and through songs and scenes they unravel the story of their life together.

Ann Morrison, actress and original Broadway cast member of Merrily We Roll Along, directs the show, which will be performed again July 26 and 27 at Backstage at The Players.

The show starts at 9 p.m. but if you arrive early you can enjoy complimentary coffee and sweets.

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Out of Bounds Summer Match Up at Florida Studio Theatre


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Every Saturday through August 23 at Florida Studio Theatre, two improv teams take the stage in Bowne’s Lab to duke it out for the most laughs. Taking audience suggestions, the FST Improv actors will twist and turn them into something hilarious. Who will win the duel of fools? You get to decide as they battle it out.

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Guide to Arts and Culture cover contest


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Local artists, including college and high school students, are invited to submit artwork representative of our vibrant arts and culture scene. 

The winning selection will be used as the cover of the 2014/2015 Guide to Arts and Culture.  Over 40,000 copies of the guide will be distributed throughout the community in early October 2014. DEADLINE:  July 1, 2014


  • Your name as cover artist for the Guide to Arts and Culture;
  • Recognition in the September Arts & Culture issue of SCENE Magazine with artist bio and statement and photos of 2 to 4 other works;
  • Recognition at the Arts and Cultural Alliance Celebration of the Arts in late October 2014;
  • The cover of the Guide to Arts and Culture will be on SCENE Magazine’s website homepage for one year and on the Arts and Cultural Alliance website for one year;
  • Winning artist will have ability to display works at the Arts and Cultural Alliance offices;
  • Winning original art work will be exhibited for one month at a Sarasota County government building (TBD)

Media & Submissions:  Digital entries only will be accepted via email no later than July 1, 2014 to the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County Inc.

For guidelines and specs, contact Amanda Heisey at (941) 365-5118 ext. 304 or [email protected].

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Events & Happenings

Newtown Art Celebration: Celebrating 100 Years
Selby Gallery
June 20 at 5 p.m.
Ringling College of Art and Design joins the Newtown community in its Centennial with a Newtown Art Celebration featuring work by artists of Newtown. There will also be a “Newtown Youth Art Celebration” opening reception at the North Sarasota Library on Saturday, June 21, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The reception and gallery is free and open to the public. Learn More!

Roots & Wings
Florida Studio Theatre
June 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Suncoast Sessions is a new series of intimate acoustic musical evenings that aims to give something back to the Sarasota Community. Created and hosted by local musicians Kandy & Iain, each session will be dedicated to a particular theme, and staged in support of a local Sarasota charity. Suncoast Sessions makes its debut in summer 2014 with “Roots & Wings”, an evening of music about childhood, parenthood, and the journey between the two. “Roots & Wings” is held in partnership with, and in support of, Sarasota’s Child Protection Center (CPC), an organization founded in 1980 to offer prevention, intervention and treatment services to the victims of child abuse in our community. The best way to book your tickets is to call the Florida Studio Theatre Box Office 941-366-9000. Learn More!

Victor Lundy: Sculptor of Space
Sarasota Architectural Foundation
June 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Join SAF for a special showing of the award-winning film “Victor Lundy: Sculptor of Space” at Burns Court Cinema. The documentary beautifully captures the recollections of the modern American master architect and artist. Featuring a discussion following the film with Carl Abbott, FAIA, John Howey, FAIA (who is interviewed in the film) and Dr. Christopher Wilson. Learn More!

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In This Issue

State of the Arts Opportunity Grant and John Ringling Tower Grant Writing Workshops

Summer Circus Spectacular

Jennifer Archibald

The Last Five Years

FST Improv

Guide to Arts and Culture cover contest

Events and Happenings

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