CreArte Latino Cultural Center Receives Foundation Grant – CBS Tampa

SARASOTA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) — CreArte Latino recently received a $29,847 grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. According to Carol Fox Hartz, executive director of CreArte Latino, the funds will be used for technical equipment and other performance needs.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Selby Foundation, we will have more lights, a better sound system, microphones and a real classic stage curtain,” says Hartz. She adds that funds are also allocated for ceiling insulation, acoustic panels, the digital mixer and the projector.

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Based on its success in producing an average of nine pieces per year by 2018, CreArte moved to a 4,500 square foot space at 8251 15and St. East in Sarasota in 2019. During the pandemic, with the help of donors, grants, and almost exclusively volunteers, the organization built the new 100-seat Georgia Court Theater, along with a classroom and a smaller stage. The Selby Foundation grant will fund essential finishing touches to the main stage.

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“This grant will help provide our audience with the best possible theater experience at all levels and we are deeply grateful for that,” says Hartz.

CreArte relaunched its theatrical season in early October 2021, in accordance with Safe Arts Sarasota Covid protocols. “Revista Musical” for Hispanic Heritage Month was followed by “Taxímetro Adulterado” by Pipe Vallejo. “Perdedores” by Marta Buchaca was produced in November. All three shows played to sold-out houses. A bilingual program is being planned, and four more plays in Spanish are planned for 2022.

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CreArte Latino was founded in 2012 as a theater-based creative center for the Spanish-speaking Latino/Hispanic community in Sarasota and Manatee counties. “Our mission is to be a link between the Latino/Hispanic community and the community at large through the arts,” says Hartz.

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