Arts Appreciation Grants

Attention to the arts introduces our community to the art of the possible.

With its world-class arts organizations, performances, and collections, Sarasota County has earned a reputation as Florida's "Cultural Coast." Our region is a place where inspiration and artistic expression meet -- drawing new visitors and residents every year. Because the arts so meaningfully impact our quality of life and our regional economy, Gulf Coast Community Foundation is always looking for more meaningful ways to invest in this critical sector.

Arts Appreciation Gallery

Gulf Coast has invested grants in the arts since the foundation's inception. Over the years, several exceptional arts organizations have consistently earned support from Gulf Coast and our donors because of the vital and dynamic roles they play in our cultural community.

In 2014, the Gulf Coast Board of Directors adopted a new, more flexible approach to funding these groups in pursuit of their artistic missions. Gulf Coast's "Arts Appreciation Grants" offer unrestricted funding to cornerstone arts organizations to use as they best see fit. The streamlined application and reporting process enables our partners to keep their focus on what they

Gulf Coast's most recent Arts Appreciation grants were awarded in June 2019, when a total of $470,000 was issued to the following 10 organizations:

  • Asolo Repertory Theatre

  • Coexistence, Inc. (Embracing Our Differences)

  • Florida Studio Theatre

  • John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

  • Sarasota Ballet

  • Sarasota Opera

  • Sarasota Orchestra

  • Venice Symphony

  • Venice Theatre

  • West Coast Black Theatre Troupe

"Our Board calls these 'Arts Appreciation' grants, in recognition of the contributions that these cornerstone arts organizations make to our region's economy and our quality of life," said Mark Pritchett, Gulf Coast's president and CEO.

"We have long valued our partnership with each of these institutions, and the grants aim to streamline the process through which we invest in their work."