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Meet Merrill Bonder – Donor & Arts Education Champion

Van Wezel Foundation Donor Spotlight Merrill Bonder “If a child lacks confidence or struggles to learn, it’s amazing what can happen when you share your passion and desire to see them improve.” For years, Merrill Bonder has been a champion of the arts. She and her late husband, Seth, were

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Girls Inc. Summer Camp Arts Program Helps Girls be Smarter

“Teachers trust the Van Wezel to deliver high-quality content that meets their expectations.” — Kelli Maldonado, Education Director, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall This summer, Girls, Inc. members throughout Sarasota County are having fun while learning valuable lessons online. With Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Teaching Artists, these girls are

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INTRODUCING – UNSCRIPTED: ARTS FROM THE INSIDE OUT

The Hermitage Artist Retreat and Van Wezel Foundation Partner on Innovative New Arts Experience: UNSCRIPTED: Arts from the Inside Out SARASOTA, June 30, 2020 – The Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Van Wezel Foundation will debut an innovative new art experience this summer called UNSCRIPTED: Arts from the Inside Out.

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Donor Spotlight: Meet Edwin Schloss

“The performing arts have the ability to teach the viewer empathy by exploring the many facets of the human condition.” What do Kiss Me Kate, Sweet Charity, Grey Gardens and La Cage aux Folles have in common? They are a sample of the musicals co-produced by Edwin Schloss, a Tony

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Sending Some Musical Love to our Friends

The performing arts play an invaluable part in our lives. They add light, inspiration, and make us feel joy. So much has changed. But we have each other, and together, we will get through this. So what do we do during these uncertain times? We read books. We watch TV.

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DONOR SPOTLIGHT: MEET ED & SUSAN MAIER

Meet Ed and Susan Maier! Ed and Susan Maier became Friends of the Van Wezel Foundation when they moved to the Gulf Coast nine years ago and have supported the arts in our community ever since. Both Ed and Susan have a love for Broadway musicals – Phantom of the

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