Share your ideas!

Take our anonymous community survey and tell us your hopes and expectations for the new Sarasota Performing Arts Center

We’re building a Place for You. Take the survey. 

what is the sarasota Performing Arts Center?

Our vision for the new Sarasota Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is to create an iconic civic asset that operates 12-months out of the year, using state-of-the-art technology and design advances to present world-class programming relevant for all audiences.


a new performing arts center throughout our region that will serve as a civic asset for generations to come. 


Sarasota as a first-choice destination for the most celebrated and acclaimed performers, artists, dancers, musicians and ensembles.


the patron experience through contemporary facilities, advanced technology and universal accessibility and design.


educational programming and engagement to serve more teachers, students and lifelong learners, as well as provide access to the arts to underserved communities.


our sights for creative exploration to reinforce Sarasota as the preeminent cultural destination along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Lend Us Your Voice

Take our anonymous community survey to share with us your hopes and expectations for what you want in the new Sarasota Performing Arts Center.

We’re building a place for you. Take the survey.

*Enter for a chance to WIN $100*

Before the aria. Before the monologue. Before the pirouette or the moonwalk. Before the stage or the atrium even exist, there is the idea. 

The rapture of a sonata. The gesture of a butterfly. The true color of imagination. The arts are boundless. The arts are for everyone. 

You are an individual. You thrive on positive energy and rise to challenges. You dream. You create. You motivate. Your performing arts center should too. 


  • A 230,000 sq. ft. multi-use space
  • 2,250 main stage theater with a center aisle for accessibility
  • An intimate 400-seat venue with flexible seating options
  • A 10,000 sq. ft. education center to promote lifelong learning
  • Multiple outdoor public performance spaces

Take the Survey

From the beginning, we imagined a place for artistic excellence. A place for innovative ideas and courageous exploration.

Our goal? To build a world-class performing arts center that inspires artists and audiences alike.

We’re building a place for you. Take the survey.

*Enter for a chance to WIN $100*

A Lasting Impact in the community

The mission of the Van Wezel Foundation is to create a world-class performing arts center that enriches the community, supports arts education and inspires young minds.

For more than 30 years, the Van Wezel Foundation has partnered with the city of Sarasota to make a lasting impact throughout our region. It’s this legacy of excellence that drives the Foundation forward as we look to create a new Sarasota Performing Arts Center and reimagine the way the performing arts contribute to enhance the quality of life for our community.  

Funding for SPAC community engagement is provided by Zella I. and Junius F. Allen Fund of
the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. 


Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
Arts Advocates
Bay Park Conservancy
Boys & Girls Club Sarasota
Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Brain Health Initiative
Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
City of Sarasota
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County
Early Learning Coalition Sarasota
Economic Development Corp. Sarasota
Education Foundation of Sarasota County
Forty Carrots
Girls, Inc.
Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Gulf Coast Builders Exchange
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Laurel Civic Association
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce
Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce
Manatee Community Foundation
Manatee County Schools
Newcomers Club
Newtown Alive
Our Y Sarasota
Ringling College of Art & Design
Rosemary District Association
Sarasota County Government
Sarasota County Schools
United Way of the Suncoast
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Visit Sarasota
Welcome Club

Tribute Gifts

Honor a special person or celebrate a milestone event by making a tribute gift to the Van Wezel Foundation.

Tribute gifts beginning at $250 will be listed in printed materials.  If applicable, your tribute will receive a card from the Van Wezel Foundation notifying them of your generosity.