Sarasota: Florida's Cultural Coast
Sarasota is known as Florida's
Cultural Coast and is considered by some to be the cultural center of
the southeastern US. It is home to many world-renowned artists and to the
official state art museum of Florida, The John and Mable Ringling Museum
of Art. Affiliated with Florida State University, it is the largest
museum/university complex in the nation.
Theater, music and film are also important venues of creativity in Sarasota and there is an abundance of theaters and performing halls to enjoy here. The Asolo Theater was an eighteenth century "theater-in-the-round" in Italy that was dismantled, moved here piece by piece, and reassembled on the grounds of the Ringling estate in the early 1950's. It is still used today for plays, performances, and acting classes for the Asolo Performing Arts Center. The wealth of cultural resources and creativity in Sarasota is a true blessing to those who live and play here.
Sarasota Film Festival
- A glamorous week each Spring including film screenings, premieres,
and parties for both fans and creators of documentary, foreign, domestic,
and student films. There is a children's film festival and premiere
events throughout the year. Call 941-364-9514.
Sarasota Arts Council
- The Sarasota County Arts Council, a private, non-profit, membership-based
organization, is the official designated arts agency of Sarasota County.
Their mission is to promote, develop and coordinate the arts in Sarasota
County. Call 941-365-5118.
Sarasota Blues Festival
- Thousands of Sarasota music fans gather each year for the Sarasota Blues Fest. This annual
Fall event has included
Delbert McClinton, Buddy Guy, Gregg Allman, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie
Vaughn, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Dr. John, Junior Wells, and more
great blues musicians.
Sarasota Music Festival
- This annual 3-week event held in June showcases soloist, recitalist and
principal musicians from America's leading orchestras and talented students.
This series features some of the best in chamber music concerts.
John and Mable Ringling
Museum of Art - Affilliated with Florida State University,
it is the state art museum and includes 66 acres with 21 galleries of
American and European art. The Museum contains over 10,000 pieces of
art and the library has a reference collection of more than 60,000 volumes
covering all art periods.Call 941-354-1660.
Ringling College of
Art and Design - Founded in 1931, Ringling is a private, independent,
four-year college that offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Computer
Animation, Fine Arts, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration,
Interior Design, and Photography & Digital Imaging.
Company - A professional theater company that performs
at the Asolo and in the 500-seat Mertz Theater. Office 800-361-8388.
Van Wezel Performing
Arts Hall - A purple, seashell-shaped building designed by
Frank Lloyd Wright. This unique performing arts hall presents Broadway
musicals, national and international performers, world renowned symphony
orchestras and classical, modern and ethnic dance. Some of the entertainers
have included Luciano Pavarotti, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan, The Boston
Pops, The Chicago Symphony, Willie Nelson, and The Temptations.Call
- A 70-year-old community theater featuring musical theater, concerts,
and other programs. Call 941-365-2494.
Sarasota Opera House
- Over 40 years of grand performances of Strauss, Verdi, Bizet, and
many others. Call 941-366-8450.
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