$540,000 Granted to Support Van Wezel Hall & Community Education Programs

Copy of Van Wezel Powerpoint for 623 Board Meeting Final

The Foundation has worked tirelessly over the past year to advance its mission. We invested in initiatives addressing mental health and well-being with the Resilient Retreat through Therapeutic Arts Workshops, which served approximately 83 trauma survivors and helping professionals. We also partnered with community organizations, like Girls, Inc. to reach over 120 students through a social-emotional learning residency. We will have other social-emotional learning opportunities happening all summer with partners, including the Sarasota Housing Authority, Laurel Civic Center, La Mirada and more.

We continued our long tradition of partnering with the Van Wezel Hall on Schooltime Performances and family nights. Because of this, 12,826 students were able to attend Schooltime Performances, despite cancellations of performances due to COVID this season. Over 200 family members participated in Family Arts Night Activities, and over 1,200 art kits were distributed to families via Sarasota and Manatee County Libraries.

Our mission of expanding education opportunities isn’t just for students; we also provide education opportunities for educators. This year, we held teacher workshops for Brer Tiger and the Big Wind, Pout Pout Fish, and Rosie Revere Engineer. Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Baba Bomani taught classroom teachers, teaching artists, and educators how the arts can be used to enhance learning. This year, we served over 65 educators through these initiatives.

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