“Artists and Social Responsibilities” explores the role of cultural institutions and artists during times of political disorder: March 17 at Art Center Sarasota

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Art Center Sarasota Presents

An Art Up Close Panel Discussion

“Artists and Social Responsibilities”

With Douglas Chismar, Bridget Elmer, Christopher Jones,

Carolyn Mason and Maureik Robison

Moderated by Mark Ormond

Saturday, March 17, 2- 4 p.m., at Art Center Sarasota

This panel discussion will examine the role of cultural institutions and artists

during times of political disorder and upheaval.


(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota’s “Art Up-Close” series continues with “Artists and Social Responsibilities,” Saturday, March 17, 2-4 p.m. This panel discussion, moderated by Mark Ormond, chief curator at Ringling College of Art and Design, will examine the role and responsibility of cultural institutions and artists within their communities during times of political disorder and upheaval. Panel guests include Carolyn Mason, a former Sarasota County and City commissioner and mayor; Maureik Robison, founder of the Youth Artists Network; Christopher Jones, curator of Photography and New Media at The Ringling; Douglas Chismar, the liberal arts program director at Ringling College of Art and Design; and Bridget Elmer, coordinator of the Letterpress and Book Art Center at Ringling College of Art and Design.

The event is Saturday, March 17, 2-4 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, RSVP to [email protected]. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org.

Photo caption: “As Many Hours As It Takes,” exhibited at Ringling College of Art and Design, offered participants a survey to assess their working conditions as artists. The survey is a participatory piece created by Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), an evolving publishing project committed to process and reflection. One of the panelists, Bridget Elmer, is an organizer and member of ILSSA. Photography by Nancy Nassiff; courtesy of Bridget Elmer.


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


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