CreArte Latino Cultural Center Receives Community Foundation of Sarasota County Grant

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Pictured: CreArte Latino Learning. Photo courtesy of the CreArte Latino Cultural Center.

The CreArte Latino Cultural Center has been selected to receive a $6,900 Community Impact Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The grant will support funding for facilitators of CreArte Latino’s many classes and workshops for adults, children and families. The bilingual arts and education nonprofit serves as a creative hub for the burgeoning Hispanic/Latino communities in Sarasota and Manatee counties. CreArte Latino’s mission is to be a connection between Latinos/Hispanics and the community at large through artistic and educational opportunities and events. “This grant gives us the opportunity to expand our educational programming and reach over 200 students,” says Carolina Franco, Artistic Director and President of CreArte Latino. She explains that her organization seeks to solve a cultural problem that particularly affects young people in the surrounding Latino/Hispanic community. “There may be a lack of knowledge about their roots. Children may not speak Spanish and have no idea of ​​their culture. We want to strengthen their pride and give them direct experience of their rich heritage. We are deeply grateful to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for supporting us in this important mission.

The CreArte Latino Cultural Center program for 2022-2023 includes the ongoing “Amigos Book Club” for adults and a new “Amigos Book Club” for children, both for Spanish speakers. Additionally, there is an adult course in Spanish for English speakers called “Conversemos” and an adult course in English for Spanish speakers called “Let’s Talk in English”. Book clubs and language courses are all done through the Zoom platform. For in-person learning, the Center provides two theater workshops for children and a music-making and dance workshop for young people. CreArte Latino encourages family participation in children’s classes.

Pictured: CreArte Latino Learning. Photo courtesy of the CreArte Latino Cultural Center.

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