Artists and Social Responsibilities: Panel Discussion

Art Center Sarasota Presents Art Up Close “Artists and Social Responsibilities” Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 17, 2- 4 p.m., at Art Center Sarasota
Free and Open to the Public, Limited Seating, please RSVP at

The discussion will examine the role and responsibility of institutions and artists practices in regard to their communities.
Moderated by Mark Ormond, chief curator at Ringling College of Art and Design
Guest Panelists are 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 discourse of the conversation will examine the role and responsibility of institutions and artists practices in regard to their communities. The importance of their respective practices raise questions about art in society during times of disordered politics, both nationally and internationally.

Art Up-Close, a lecture and panel discussion series presented by Art Center Sarasota, featuring regional creative professionals giving insight into what informs their interdisciplinary artistic practice by positioning their work within the arts. The goal is to educate and inspire the local community with the exchange of ideas and conversations about the various disciplines and processes that interact with contemporary art.

*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.

Engage Sarasota: Arts & Culture

FORUM: Our Impressive Cultural Heritage

Sarasota is known as the arts center of Florida.

This is your opportunity to meet the Sarasota Arts World with presenters from Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Asolo Repertory Theatre, The Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, The Ringling Museum of Art, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County and more.

Location: To Be Determined


Theatre of the Mind

We read…you imagine…
Celebrating Eight Years of Entertainment
Expand your mind!
Play readings ignite the imagination of the audience.
An experience not to be missed Theatre of the Mind, established in 2010 by winter residents Emilie Robinson and Janet Davies, present play readings and staged performances at Art Center Sarasota. All proceeds are donated to benefit the Center.

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man –with a lot of loose ends. So begins this wildly imaginative comedy by the MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. “Beguiling…and bizarrely moving.” -Charles Isherwood, New York Times.

ACS Cycle 3 : Opening Reception

Art Center Sarasota’s New Exhibitions:
Opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, February 1, 5-7 p.m. Free and Open to the Public

January 25 –February 24
Art from the Heart: An open, all-media juried exhibit.

February 1-March 9
My Sarasota: Works by John Pirman
Featuring architectural portraits of area homes and homeowners by the celebrated illustrator.

Raw Nerve / Ragged Edge
Featuring works on paper by George Pratt, including scenes depicting genocide in West Africa, and monotypes referencing the crippling emotional weight of the Holocaust.

ASALH: Black Muse
A group exhibit of works by member artists of
the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History

Movie Meetup: “The Greatest Showman”


DATE: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
TIME: 7:30PM
PRICE: $11.19 (normal theater price. available at the door or online at
LOCATION: AMC Bradenton 20 (2507 53rd Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34203)

Looking for an excuse to check out interesting cinema on the big screen? Join fellow move-makers and movie-lovers Wednesday, December 20th to check out “The Greatest Showman” at the AMC Bradenton 20 on opening day.

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Hugh Jackman
Zac Efron
Michelle Williams

Join the New Florida Cinema in experiencing the movie on the big screen. The show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets will be the normal prices for the theater. Make sure to stick around afterward to hangout and discuss the film.

Celebration of the Arts

$5 donations welcomed!
Join the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County for their annual FREE Celebration of the Arts, the kick-off event of the 12-day-long fall celebration of arts and culture called InspireSarasota! This event is open to the public featuring performances by some of our great arts organizations and honoring community arts leaders. The Celebration takes place October 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

First Friday Artwalk Weekend

Visit the Village of the Arts for our vibrant monthly artwalk the first Friday and Saturday of every month. Discover unique galleries, studios, specialty shops, healing arts, food and music during this popular monthly event. Artwalk begins with extended hours Friday night from 6-9:30 and showcases live music, artist receptions and other special activities throughout the evening. Artwalk weekend continues on Saturday 11am-4pm. Street parking is available throughout the Village. Download a map and a list of participating artists and merchants at .

First Night – RIAF 2017

First Night kicks of RIAF 2017 with a celebration in the West Courtyard of the Museum of Art featuring a performance of WANTED by eVenti Verticali! Free beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres with DJ Imminent beginning at 6:30 pm (cash bar available), with the aerial spectacle WANTED at 8pm.

Ringling Underground

Ringling Underground:
A series of one night only events combining live music and experiential artworks in the Courtyard.
The Ringling and SRQ Arts Presenters Presents:

Polyenso // Florida //
Building off of 2013’s cult-acclaimed “One Big Particular Loop,” Polyenso — Alex Schultz, Brennan Taulbee, and Denny Agosto — has spent the past two years working extensively with producer Jason Pennock. Evolving their particular flavor of indie-rock to include elements of hip-hop, neo-soul, and experimental electronics, they pull influences from acts such as Flying Lotus, The Roots, Bright Eyes, and Bjork, half-jokingly referring to their medley as “urban indie progressive.”

Possessing an unrestricted vision for the musical quality in all things, the band operates like sound designers, pairing synthesizers, pianos and guitars with organic noise and everyday objects like spatulas, wooden bowls and packing peanuts. Polyenso’s visionary production is equaled by the freshly unlocked vocal dynamics of Taulbee and Schultz. Led by Taulbee’s soothing and provocative melodies, Schultz is tagged in to bring the sexy back on harmonies, occasionally leading himself.

Releasing their first new tracks in 2014, “17 New Years” and “Moona Festival” provide listeners with a taste of the depth and scope of the band’s ever-expanding sound. A new album ready for a 2015 release, Polyenso serves as a challenge to music as a whole, proving that there is room left for originality in the popular. Carrying forward their intrinsically spiritualistic character, from start to finish, their music captures listeners in a moment of transcendence, feeling as much a part of the future as it does the present.

Brother Brother //SRQ //
A new generation indie folk. The energy of the sibling duo brings light to today’s roots music revival. Singer songwriters Bradley and Brett Anderson have original harmonies and songs ranging from foot-stomping Mumford-like melodies to indie rock beats and distortion featured on acoustic and electric guitars, banjos, mandolin, and a slamming bass drum.

Physical Plant // SRQ //
Physical Plant is a collaborative rock project from SRQ that serves up high-energy indie psych with nary a dreamy synth in sight. Caegan Quimby’s garage-prog tangles with Josh Scheible’s soul fusion over the assertive and intricate rhythm stylings of David Baker (bass) and Ryan McCarthy (drums). Their two EP’s, Are They Dangerous? and Wisdom Tooth are available for streaming or free download at

“Sarasota four-piece [Physical Plant] writes and performs an intriguing brand of psychedelic rock that melds freak-outs with more focused indie rock, creating sounds that are familiar and fresh, trippy and propulsive.” Wade Tatangelo, The Ticket Sarasota

“Physical Plant performed an electrifying set that overflowed with melodious, four-part vocal harmonies, galvanizing guitar solos, heaving bass lines, compelling keyboards and thunderous drums that had feet shuffling and heads nodding across the venue until the performance came to a deliberately abrupt conclusion that had many in the audience catching their breath.” -Tyler Whitson, This Week in Sarasota

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Art in the Courtyard at Ringling Underground:
The Ringling and Sarah Viviana Valdez presents:

Ringling Underground is always free for college students with a valid college ID. It is an extension of the Art After 5 program held on Thursdays after 5 p.m. After hours discounted admission is $15 for adults; $5 for children 6-17, children 5 and under and Museum Members are free.

Cash bar provided by Modern Events at The Ringling.

Ringling Underground is a rain or shine event.
Share your Underground experiences on social media using the hashtag: #RinglingUnderground

InspireSarasota! Festival

Join the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County on November 4, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for the FREE arts and cultural InspireSarasota! Festival in downtown Sarasota at Five Points Park! The festival will feature performances by youth and cultural groups, booths with information from arts and cultural organizations on their upcoming seasons, a book give-a-way for children, food, and activities for all ages.