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About The Van Wezel Foundation

The Van Wezel Foundation’s philanthropic purpose has deep roots in the rich cultural history of Sarasota. In 1987, we entered a cultural partnership with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall through its owner, the City of Sarasota. The Hall has served as a beloved performing arts center for over half a century – a home to international creative experiences and a springboard for the Foundation’s educational collaborations.

About The Sarasota performing arts center

The Van Wezel Foundation is leading our community into a new era, creating and developing the vision for a contemporary performing arts model of national significance for Sarasota. The venue will be a magnet destination for generations, with the potential to advance education and enrich communities across the state and country.

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In the Media

Sarasota Scene | Oct 24, 2022
Van Wezel Foundation Announces Artist-in-Residence

The Van Wezel Foundation announced Adrian Anantawan as its newest artist-in-residence. Anantawan is a world-class violinist and educator, was born without a right hand, and now advocates for people with disabilities to raise awareness about issues of access and equity in arts communities.

Sarasota Scene | Oct 24, 2022
Forbes Names Van Wezel Foundation Board Member Michele Hooper to 50 over 50 List

Van Wezel Foundation Board Member Michele Hooper has been included on Forbes Magazine’s 50 Over 50 Impact list. The list includes social entrepreneurs and changemakers who are using their empathy, insight and savvy to help make the world a better, more equitable place.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Oct 23, 2022
Panel named to select architect for new Sarasota Performing Arts Center

The five-person committee, made up of community members with business and arts backgrounds, will spend the next few months overseeing the process of choosing a firm.

SRQ Daily | Oct 11, 2022
The Bay Park’s Free 10-Day Grand Opening Begins This Friday, October 14

A signature public park designed to be “one park for all,” The Bay’s 10 Days at The Bay schedule of events will provide free, exciting, and diverse programming for the entire community to enjoy.

Florida Politics | Oct 10, 2022

Van Wezel Foundation launches education resource for new Sarasota Performing Arts Center

OnPoint is a new FAQ on the Foundation’s website that answers questions about the Sarasota Performing Arts Center project. It will provide an ongoing resource for the community to learn facts about the benefits that a new state-of-the-art performing arts center will bring to Sarasota and the region.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Sept 19, 2022

Let’s bring the arts to life for every Sarasota student

… for replacing Van Wezel The devastation of Hurricane Ian got me thinking about the importance of replacing the Van Wezel Performing Arts…

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Sept 19, 2022

$1.7-Million Record Breaking Gala

The Van Wezel Foundation held its 20th annual Inspiration Gala in January, raising more than $1.7 million. This level of funding makes the 20th annual Inspiration Gala the most successful fundraising event in the Foundation’s history.

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