CreArte Latino to open cultural center in Sarasota
SARASOTA, FL – Through its “Para el Futuro / For the Future” initiative, the CreArte Latino cultural center will expand its presence in the community and reopen in a new 4,500 square foot space in Sarasota, according to a press release from the ‘organization.
By opening this new facility at 8251 15th Street E., the organization will expand its schedule of theater productions, events and activities.
Founded in 2012, CreArte Latino serves as a creative hub for the Hispanic Latino and Hispanic community in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the organization said.
The initiative, supported by a $ 71,000 grant from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, targets four specific areas: community outreach, scholarships for Latinos / Hispanics, professional salaries and operational expenses.
âWe have always believed in working hard from the heart and aiming high. This generous grant enables us to realize our dream of inclusion through the arts and the possibilities for the future seem endless,â said Franco. “Our ‘Para el Futuro / For the Future’ goal is to provide intercultural experiences for everyone to learn from each other and create a space where diversity is not only welcomed but celebrated.”
The organization used the funds to hire its first paid part-time employees, including directors of programming, education and marketing, she said.
Franco said that the âPara El Futuro / For the Futureâ initiative also includes the addition of courses, workshops and plays to the organization’s program.
âWe can recover from the devastating impact of COVID, move forward with fundraising and refine our Spanish-speaking and bilingual programming,â she said.
Among other projects, the CreArte Latino Cultural Center hopes to partner with other arts organizations in the region, develop a children’s theater performed by adults and launch a course exclusively for Spanish speakers called âConversations in Englishâ. He also continues to strengthen his collaborations with Latino / Hispanic artists from Sarasota and Manatee counties and Latin America.
The first activities to reopen the organization include book clubs for adults and children, bilingual painting workshops for adults and children and a theater workshop, the organization said. In cooperation with the Hispanic Association of Sarasota and the Sarasota and Manatee County Health Departments, CreArte Latino also organized two pop-up vaccination clinics.