Engagement in the arts is essential to every student, teacher and community member. With this belief at its core, the Sarasota Performing Arts Center Foundation (formerly Van Wezel Foundation) is committed to assuring each student receives a well-rounded education, each teacher has tools and resources to reach every student, and every community member has access to meaningful arts experiences.
Our generous donors commit themselves to strengthening the voices of tomorrow through immersion in the dramatic arts by providing a visceral learning experience. These programs build confidence and self-esteem, challenge and examine social perspectives, foster relationships through artistic collaboration, foster imagination, and create empathy through storytelling.
Our Access to the Arts initiative is a vital source of support for our community, opening the door to the performing arts for youth, seniors and individuals with free and low-cost opportunities to see, experience and participate in live shows and events.