Grant Report

Barancik Foundation Board Approves $8 Million in Grant Funding

Plus, the Van Wezel Foundation reports $540,000 in funding over the past year and more.

08/22/2022 Photography by Staff

Fast Track

Julie Schwartz Named Director of Development at Van Wezel Foundation

Plus, more local hires, promotions and scholarships.

06/13/2022 Photography by Staff

Grant Report

Van Wezel Foundation Receives $1 Million Gift

Plus, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County awards $225,000 in Giving Challenge prizes and Barancik Foundation distributes $475,000 in retention bonuses to early education professionals.

06/06/2022 By Staff

Fast Track

Van Wezel Foundation Names Executive Director of Advancement

Sara Robinson will be responsible for creating and implementing innovative development programs for the campaign to build a new Sarasota Performing Arts Center.

05/12/2022 By Staff

Art Therapy

Van Wezel Foundation Underwrites Program for Therapeutic Arts

It's part of an ongoing collaboration with Resilient Retreat.

04/21/2022 By Staff

Breaking News

Van Wezel Foundation, City of Sarasota Execute Partnership Agreement for Sarasota Performing Arts Center

The foundation has assembled a team of theater experts for the new performing arts center.

04/04/2022 By Staff

Fast Track

Van Wezel Foundation Promotes Suzanne Hudson-Smith

Hudson-Smith has been named director of leadership and legacy giving.

03/28/2022 Photography by Staff

Fast Track

Van Wezel Foundation Names Executive Director of Education and Lifelong Learning

Most recently, Kelli Maldonado served as the director of education and community engagement at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

02/18/2022 By Staff


Van Wezel Foundation Inspiration Gala Breaks Fund-Raising Record

Guests gathered along the hall's bayfront for cocktails before dining, bidding on auction items and enjoying the music of Harry Connick Jr.

01/31/2022 Photography by Lori Sax


Van Wezel Foundation Gala Raises $1.7 Million

It was also announced that the first $20 million in private funding for the future Sarasota Performing Arts Center was committed by the foundation board.

01/28/2022 By Staff


Van Wezel Foundation Receives Grant to Support Virtual Bilingual Family Art Nights

The funding comes from the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation.

12/16/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Van Wezel Foundation Names Laura Hennessey Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining the foundation, Hennessey spent seven years at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business executive team.

11/19/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Van Wezel Foundation Names Mark Cole Chief Advancement and Marketing Officer

Cole was previously vice-president of advancement at Miami Dade College.

11/10/2021 By Staff

The Arts

Michael Saunders & Company President Joins Van Wezel Foundation Board

Drayton Saunders was recently appointed to the position.

10/21/2021 By Staff

Style Watch

What to Wear to: The Van Wezel Foundation Gala

Seal's performing at this year's soiree—Heather Saba's rounding up outfits that will take you through dinner, the concert, the after-party and beyond.

02/01/2019 By Heather Saba