The Youth Director

Suriya Khong Empowers Young People

“No one makes it in the world alone, but with supportive and caring adults who take active interest in young people, their possibilities become limitless."

09/17/2020 By Allison Forsyth

The Fighter

Natasha Clemons Fights for Police Reform

Clemons is one of the voices of the local Black Lives Matter chapter and the CEO of the Rodney Mitchell Foundation, as well as a full-time hospital nurse.

09/17/2020 By Giulia Heyward

Self Care

How Six Sarasotans Are Taking Care of Themselves Right Now

From exercising to baking to reading, here's how they're coping with the effects of the pandemic.

09/02/2020 By Heather Dunhill

Milestone Moment

Florida Studio Theatre Celebrates Women's Suffrage Centennial Aug. 20

A special online event will wrap up the communitywide Suffragist Project.

08/18/2020 By Kay Kipling

Human Resources

Photo Exhibit Highlights Workers Who Rebuilt Sarasota Art Museum

"Worker," a photo series shot by Barbara Banks, highlights construction workers who restored the old Sarasota High building.

06/30/2020 By Allison Forsyth Photography by Barbara Banks

Troubled Times

Sarasota's Black Community Reacts to the Death of George Floyd

A chorus of voices speaks out about racism, justice and our future.

06/02/2020 By Susan Burns, Megan McDonald, Heather Dunhill, Kay Kipling, Jessika Ward, and Cooper Levey-Baker

Data

Annual Survey Shows Drop in Area's Homeless Population

But there is rising concern about how the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to more homelessness.

05/29/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Philanthropy

Hermitage Artist Retreat Meets $100,000 Matching Pledge

The Hermitage has also received a $50,000 pledge from a group of supporters to extend this matching challenge.

05/15/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Our New Normal: Scenes From a Masked Sarasota

Photographer Barbara Banks snapped these portraits of masked Sarasotans as they try to go about their lives—sometimes cautiously, sometimes joyfully, sometimes in spite of all the odds.

04/24/2020 Photography by Barbara Banks

Coronavirus

Our New Normal: Scenes From Sarasota During COVID-19

What does Sarasota look like with social distancing and "safer at home" guidelines in place? We took to the streets to find out.

04/14/2020 Photography by Barbara Banks and Gigi Ortwein

Coronavirus

The Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center Braces for an Uptick in Emergency Calls

'We're definitely concerned,' says SPARCC executive director Jessica Hays, 'because people are really isolated right now.'

04/03/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

‘It’s a Blow’: Nonprofits Get Nimble When Their Fund Raisers Are Canceled

Here's how some organizations are pivoting.

03/30/2020 By Ilene Denton

Sponsored Content

The Venice Symphony Caps Sold-Out Season with Outdoor Concert and Jazz Brunch

2020-21 Season Just Announced.

03/10/2020

Flight Club

A Group of Local Kids Gather Every Saturday to Build Real, Working Airplanes

In addition to encouraging young people with an interest in aviation, the Teen Aircraft Factory of Manasota is also aimed at helping at-risk kids.

12/31/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Insider's Guide

The Ultimate Guide to What to Eat, See, Do and Enjoy in Sarasota and Beyond

There’s always something new for you to experience. Let us be your guide to the fun.

12/04/2019 By Ilene Denton

Müv-ing Up

A Retired Lakewood Ranch Executive Is a Major Player in the Smoking-Hot Cannabis Industry

“We’re real pioneers,” Michael Smullen says, “but we’re just scratching the surface of what this could really look like.”

12/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Fast Track

Arts and Cultural Alliance Announces Two New Hires

Michele Des Verney Redwine has been named Director of New Initiatives and Ria Cooper has been named Director of Education.

10/09/2019 By Staff

What I've Learned

Sylvia Safford Barber Blazed a Trail for Women in the Military

"I was proud to be a pioneer."

10/02/2019 By David Hackett

Health Report

Addicted at Birth: Newborns Struggle With the Legacy of Opioids

As the number of overdoses has increased, so has the number of babies born suffering from withdrawal, the pain of addiction cascading from one generation to the next.

09/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

What I've Learned

Tennis Pro Jimmy Arias on Young Stardom, Starting Over and Coaching

"Playing to your strengths is crucial.”

09/01/2019 By David Hackett