Listening to Black Voices

Retired U.S. Special Agent Henry Hunter on His Career at the State Department

Hunter also reflects on the impact of strong women on his life—including his sister, award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

09/14/2021 By Heather Dunhill

New In Town

Celebrated Editor and Author Tanya Steel Surveys the Local Food Scene

Steel is the award director for the Julia Child Award and launched the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” with former First Lady Michelle Obama.

09/07/2021 By Susan Burns

Unity Awards

Nominations Are Open for the 2022 Unity Awards

We’re looking for members of the community who are committed to bridging divides across racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and physical and mental ability groups.

09/07/2021 By Staff

Diverse Voices

Mason Gallo on Being Trans, Sexual Orientation and Equality

Gallo talks about his personal journey and the need for openness and inclusivity.

09/07/2021 By Susan Burns

National Dog Day

Meet the Dogs of Sarasota Magazine

Every day is National Dog Day for these pups.

08/26/2021 By Sarasota Magazine Staff

Art Appreciation

Four Black Sarasota Artists You Need to Know

These men are constantly creating new work—and challenging existing ideas about inclusion in the art world.

08/18/2021 By Heather Dunhill

Listening to Black Voices

Former New York Police Commissioner James H. Lawrence Jr. on 9/11, Vietnam and Peaceful Protests

On September 11, 2001, Lawrence was the highest-ranking officer at NYPD headquarters, just blocks from Ground Zero.

08/10/2021 By Heather Dunhill

Newsflash

Stephen King Talks Writing, Covid, Piney Point and Red Tide on The Late Show

For such a small city, Sarasota sure seems to make the news a lot.

08/10/2021 By Megan McDonald

Bird's Eye View

Ecologist Meg Lowman Will Discuss New Memoir at Bookstore1

Global pioneer in forest canopy ecology, author and speaker Meg Lowman, aka "Canopy Meg," will be talking about her new memoir, "The Arbornaut," next week.

08/03/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Memories of a Clown

Former Clown Peggy Williams Looks Back on Her Decade in the Ringling Bros. Circus

There were no tears of a clown for this lady.

07/29/2021 By Stacey Altherr

Going for Gold

A Bradenton Realtor Is Sportscasting from the Tokyo Olympics

A Bradenton real estate agent is broadcasting softball and women's basketball from the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo, Japan.

07/27/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Fast Track

Virginia Shearer Named Executive Director of the Sarasota Art Museum

Shearer is currently director of education at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, overseeing all areas of the museum's education department.

07/23/2021 By Staff

Family Ties

This Bradenton Family Has a Tennis Star and Two Olympic-Bound Golfers

Sebastian Korda, 21, just played at Wimbledon. His sisters, Nelly and Jessica, will compete at the Olympics on USA's golf team.

07/21/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Listening to Black Voices

Rev. Liz Walker on Civil Rights, Faith and Breaking Racial and Gender Barriers

Walker talks about growing up with a front seat to the civil rights movement and her work as a news anchor and pastor.

07/13/2021 By Heather Dunhill

Swipe Right

How the Covid-19 Pandemic Has Redefined Dating

A matchmaking expert offers tips on navigating a new era of relationships.

07/08/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Love Conquers All

Not Even a Hurricane Could Stop This Longboat Key Marriage Proposal

Vinny Loccisano decided there was no better time to propose to Ashleigh Tinney than during a hurricane.

07/08/2021 By Emma Moneuse

Education

New College Welcomes a New President

Brand-new leader Patricia Okker on her long career in education, the value of the liberal arts, and her passion for powerlifting.

07/01/2021 By Susan Burns

Spread Love

Sarasota Street Artist Takes His Message Nationwide

Brandon Thrift is a Sarasota native who combines his love of street art and his innate positivity to create lively work downtown and cross-country.

06/21/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Awards

Sarasota Teen Named 2021 Southeast Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Jorge Hernandez-Perez was awarded a $20,000 scholarship.

06/11/2021 By Staff

Listening to Black Voices

Dr. Nancy Boxill on Creating Change and How Racism Affects Black Families Through Generations

“I’m not so sure we’re spending much time on structural changes, and that’s where the hard work is, in my view."

06/08/2021 By Heather Dunhill