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The Van Wezel Foundation wants to help you recognize someone special in your life by sending them a valentine on your behalf. From now through Sunday, February 14th, you can make a donation to the Foundation in honor of that special someone, and the Foundation will send a valentine to

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Now more than ever, students need our support to thrive in these uncertain times. Throughout the year, school districts, early learning centers and community partners have had to pivot to adapt to virtual and in-classroom learning in a COVID world. Through it all, arts education and integration programs from the

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Donor Spotlight: Meet Vern and Liliana Chalfant

Philanthropists Vern and Liliana Chalfant are champions of the performing arts and arts education throughout our community. In addition, Vern serves as a board member of the Van Wezel Foundation, chairs the Foundation’s Finance Committee and sits on the Strategic Planning Committee. Their passion for the arts and making a

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Virtual Visits Reach More Children than Ever Before

Van Wezel Teaching Artists are hosting live Virtual Visits through Zoom with lessons that integrate learning a new art skill in connection with a core subject. In our community , Virtual Visits are offered to schools across four counties, after school programs and social service organizations serving PreK – grade

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Kindergarten Readiness: Ready for School

Your support enabled the Van Wezel to launch a brand-new Kindergarten Readiness program, Ready to Grow, to serve our youngest learners. In partnership with the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Sarasota County, Van Wezel Teaching Artists trained in early learning standards use Artworks Anywhere videos and Virtual Visits to integrate

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Our Vision For Sarasota Performing Arts Center

Our Vision For Sarasota Performing Arts Center The mission of the Van Wezel Foundation is to create a world-class performing arts center that enriches the community, supports arts education, and inspired young minds. Transforming the Sarasota Area On September 6, 2018, the city of Sarasota approved a master plan

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