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Downtown Sarasota Friday tour

Visit the epicenter of the Arts for our vibrant weekly art walk early afternoon into the evening – every Friday in downtown Sarasota.

FRIDAY ART WALK – self Guided Gallery Night Tour. Discover and explore arts, culture, and creativity in our community.

Downtown Sarasota Friday tour

Your Source for Arts and Culture

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is a member-powered organization that serves as an advocate for arts and culture in Sarasota County.  Founded in 1986 by a group of committed citizens, the Alliance has administered more than $26 million in grants to area artists and arts organizations. The Alliance works to ensure arts and culture remain essential to the continuing development of a vibrant, creative community. This is achieved through arts advocacy, education, and community outreach.

Please become a member and help us keep the arts alive in Sarasota County.

Downtown Sarasota Friday tour

Art Smart: Frame Story

The first rule of art: Buy art. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are some tips on how to frame, display, store and move your two-dimensional art. Not “rules,” exactly. With art, there are no rules, only rules of thumb. To make matters even more complicated, every art rule has an equal and opposite anti-rule. (So, we talk about “preserving” art. Some art is designed to deteriorate, etc.) It’s a question of taste and intention after all.

Downtown Sarasota Friday tour

Sarasota Music Archive

The Sarasota Music Archive is part of the Sarasota County Library System, and is connected to the Special Collections Department of the Selby Public Library. It is one of the leading reference collections in the field of music, containing an enviable cache of several hundred thousand recordings, tapes, sheet music, books, and memorabilia. Membership dues and private donations help to fund the archive.

Downtown Sarasota Friday tour

Sarasota Opera

In 1960 the touring Turnau Opera Players presented their first season in the historic 320 seat Asolo Theater on the grounds of Sarasota’s Ringling Museum of Art. The following year the Asolo Opera Guild was formed to support the annual visits of the Turnau company. In 1974 the Guild formed the Asolo Opera Company to begin presenting their own productions. Recognizing the need for a theater more conducive to opera, the company purchased the former A.B. Edwards Theater in downtown Sarasota in 1979. Renovations began in 1982 and the theater, now on the National Register of Historic Places, opened in 1984 as the Sarasota Opera House, the company it housed now being called Sarasota Opera.

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