Van Wezel Foundation Highlights Upcoming Arts Education Events as Part of Suncoast Remake Learning Days

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The Van Wezel Foundation, in collaboration with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, has partnered with Suncoast Remake Learning Days for open-to-the-community arts education events. Presented by the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and The Patterson Foundation, they will host a series of events on Saturday, April 30, Tuesday, May 3, and Saturday, May 7.

“The Van Wezel Foundation is excited to be working together with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall to partner with Suncoast Remake Learning Days for a variety of events,” said Kelli Maldonado, executive director of education and lifelong learning at the Foundation. “This series of engaging arts education events for children, families and educators will greatly enhance and enrich our community.”

The arts education events include:

April 30, 2022, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Mr. Stevey & Friends

At Martin Luther King Jr Park, 2523 Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL 34234

Explore arts from around the world with Kids Day World Tour! Families will learn and create together while experiencing creative mindfulness activities. Join teaching artists Mr. Stevey (from Mr. Stevey Meditates) and his artistic friends to explore the arts. This program is in collaboration with the Newtown Farmer’s Market and Newtown Nation.

May 3, 2022, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: SEL Through the Arts

This Virtual Professional Development, offered live via Zoom, is for all educators. Managing emotions and behavior is key to student success and a healthy classroom community. It can be challenging to teach social and emotional skills in an engaging way within the regular curriculum. One way to do that is through the arts. Engaging students in creativity in any subject enhances learning. Explore resources to help educators and parents understand emotional development and learn to lead students in art projects that build those skills—projects that can be incorporated into almost any subject.

This session is designed for educators who want to learn more about integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into their curriculum. An overview of CASEL’s five core SEL competencies will be shared, with the goal of integrating SEL into arts education. Gain information, examples, and ideas for how to use and implement SEL competencies into your own art form. Additionally, WEDU will present and share the PBS LearningMedia platform, which stores SEL digital resources for students PreK-Grade 12.

This event requires pre-registration. To register visit:

May 7, 2022: Art Across the Libraries

Stop by your local library and CREATE! Van Wezel artists will be at EVERY library branch across Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Charlotte Counties.

  • Sarasota & Desoto Libraries: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Manatee & Charlotte Libraries: 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Suncoast Remake Learning Days events are designed to be hands-on, relevant and engaging educational experiences for youth (Pre-K through high school) and their families, caregivers and educators. The events are free and organized by different learning themes, such as Arts, Maker Spaces, Outdoor Learning, Science, Technology and Youth Voice. In addition, there are Professional Development sessions for school, out-of-school, child care, and non- traditional educators.

To view a list of events the Van Wezel Foundation is hosting in collaboration with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, click here. The full list of regional events as part of the Suncoast Remake Learning Days can be accessed by visiting


The Van Wezel Foundation’s mission is to create and sustain a vibrant performing arts center, advance education, and enrich communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts. The Foundation has partnered with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall since 1987 to support arts education throughout our region, serving more than 50,000 students and their families annually with enriching arts-based education opportunities and professional development for more than 400 teachers across five counties. The Van Wezel Foundation is leading the vision to build a new Sarasota Performing Arts Center as a public-private partnership with the city, and in collaboration with the Bay Park Conservancy and Van Wezel Hall. To learn more about the new Sarasota Performing Arts Center and get involved, visit For more information on the Foundation and its mission, visit, or join us on Facebook and Instagram.


A true pioneer in the cultural development of Sarasota, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall presents spectacular Broadway musicals, top national and international performers, popular comedians, and a compelling mix of classical and dance productions. Owned and operated by the city of Sarasota, the Van Wezel celebrated its 50th Anniversary during the 2019-2020 season. The theater’s Education and Community Engagement Department serves over 50,000 students, teachers, and family members each year, teaching them in, through and about the arts. In conjunction with the Van Wezel Foundation, the Van Wezel’s Education and Community Engagement Department has launched numerous virtual initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including virtual Schooltime Performances, Zoom-based workshops with teaching artists, and Artworks Anywhere, a series of free arts education videos available on-demand to students, families, and educators. To learn more, visit


Suncoast Remake Learning Days is a 10-day learning festival that celebrates the many learning opportunities in a community. This celebration highlights innovative experiences and opportunities for youth and participants of all ages to develop their sense of creativity, perseverance and curiosity. A variety of organizations — such as schools, museums, libraries, after school organizations, early child care centers, colleges, universities, faith-based organizations, businesses, and more — open their doors to welcome families as well as travel into neighborhoods to host hands-on, relevant and engaging educational experiences for youth of all ages (Pre-K through high school) and their families, caregivers and educators.


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