Van Wezel Foundation Names Julie Schwartz Director of Development

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SARASOTA, Thursday, June 9, 2022 – The Van Wezel Foundation is pleased to announce that Julie Schwartz has joined the Foundation as director of development. In this role, Schwartz is responsible for annual giving operations and fundraising initiatives to support the Foundation’s mission of creating and sustaining a vibrant performing arts center, advancing education and enriching communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts.

Schwartz comes to the Foundation with more than 20 years of experience working at renowned arts and culture organizations. Most recently, Schwartz worked at Carnegie Hall in New York as a senior project manager, responsible for the strategy and implementation for the replacement of the Hall’s enterprise software system which is used for artistic planning, repertoire management and organizational operations. Prior to that position, Schwartz was director of development services for Carnegie Hall’s advancement programs. In addition, she has held project manager positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and senior development positions at The Clark Art Institute and Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

“Julie has an impressive breadth of experience successfully building and leading annual funds, growing membership programs, implementing special events and managing development operations,” said Mark Cole, Foundation Chief Advancement and Marketing Officer. “Julie brings best practice fundraising experience to the Foundation at a pivotal time as we grow our private philanthropy support to realize the promise of a new performing arts center for the region.”

“I am honored to join the Foundation’s leadership team at such an exciting time,” said Schwartz. “I look forward to working together with the philanthropic community on this important next chapter.”


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.

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