Community Partners


Special thanks to these community partner organizations who have taken part

in Florida Studio Theatre’s Dialogues on Diversity.


Child Protection Center

cpcThe Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) was established in 1980. CPC initially provided only child abuse intervention services through the Child Protection Team (CPT). This program works together with the Department of Children and Families and Law Enforcement in the investigation of child abuse cases and also coordinates community-wide services for affected children.

The mission of the Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) is Child Abuse: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment. CPC envisions a community in which children are safe from abuse and free to thrive.


Tidewell Hospice


Helping people live well by providing care, comfort and compassion.

Tidewell believes that a selection of care and service options along a healthcare continuum provides choice and easy access to those seeking hospice care and palliative support.

Emphasizing patient choice and dignity, Tidewell provides its services to all, regardless of race, creed, culture, gender, sexual orientation or ability to pay.

Tidewell is committed to…

Tidewell is committed to the advancement of services that support the ebb and flow that are a normal part of life’s journey and to optimizing comfort for patients and families.

Through education and research, Tidewell fosters the advancement of hospice care and palliative services on the local, state and national levels. Tidewell maintains fiduciary responsibility to develop the financial resources necessary to fulfill its mission.


Manatee Educational Television (METV)

METV is recognized by the community for its achievements in producing programming that reaches every facet of our community. The award winning programming produced by METV is a valuable asset for the Manatee County community.

METV is committed to working cooperatively with all entities in our community. We will continue to produce programs that are focused on education, enrichment, cultural information and community interest.




UnidosNow is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to elevate the quality of life of our growing Hispanic/Latino community through education, integration, and civic engagement. Our main project is in the education arena, empowering our youth through college preparation, leadership training, and community activism to become our future leaders. UnidosNow is helping first-generation college applicants pursue a post-secondary education.


Ringling Museum of Art


As far back as the 1940s, The Ringling has been committed to nurturing meaningful educational involvement in the arts. At that time, A. Everett Austin, Jr., The Ringling’s first director and curator, partnered with Florida State University (FSU), known for its fine arts and art history curricula, to develop undergraduate and graduate-level seminars. Ever since, The Ringling has engaged FSU’s students through a number of outreach initiatives, including offering courses and symposia, hosting class visits, arranging student internships, and cultivating faculty relationships across disciplines. Building on this strong tradition, The Ringling, in conjunction with FSU, will now offer three graduate-level programs—a master’s in Museum Studies and a master’s and doctorate in Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Exhibitions.


Sarasota Ministerial Association

The Sarasota Ministerial Association (formerly the Downtown Churches & Ministries Association) was formed in April of 2001 to share the voice and care of the Sarasota faith community.

At that time the Association authored “A Position Statement on Homelessness and the Working Poor”. Through community forums, a working relationship with Sarasota City Government, the downtown merchants and the Association was developed and continues today.

Annually, the Association co-sponsors four community celebrations: a 911 observance, Good Friday Stations of The Cross Pilgrimage Down Main Street Sarasota, a Thanksgiving Wednesday Community Celebration and Luncheon, a December Vigil for Homeless), and convenes the last Wednesday of the month for food, fellowship, and planning.


Bookstore 1

Bookstore 1

At Bookstore1Sarasota readers will find unexpected literary pleasures alongside their favorites, both new and classic. We feature a wide range of author events and offer customized literary event management. We are a place for celebrating the written word.

Our motto: Joie de Livres.

We love books and authors. Plain and simple.


New College of Florida


For over 50 years, New College of Florida has been a creative force in shaping the lives of more than 5,000 students, unleashing their talents and enabling them to become their “highest and best selves,” as one alumna put it. New College relies on a simple formula: putting academically talented students together with highly qualified faculty members and letting them pursue subjects of mutual interest.


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People


The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.



Embracing Our Differences

Embracing Our Differences is a not-for-profit organization that uses the power of art and education to expand consciousness and open the heart to celebrate the diversity of the human family. It accomplishes this through an annual, large-scale outdoor juried art exhibition and a comprehensive series of educational initiatives, programs and resources designed for teachers and students.

We believe that diversity is one of the world’s greatest assets. To realize the promise of diversity, we must ensure that everyone is respected, included and valued for his or her individuality. Our goal is to create a community where diversity and inclusion are honored while teaching the importance of being an “up-stander,” and not a “by-stander.”


Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County


Our Mission

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Our Vision

To provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County (BGCSC) provide after-school and summer programs for more than 5,500 children and youth ages 6-18 with Clubs spread strategically throughout Sarasota County.


Chautauqua Institution


The Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 750-acre community on Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State, where approximately 7,500 persons are in residence on any day during a nine-week season, and a total of over 100,000 attend scheduled public events.

Chautauqua is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times; stimulates provocative, thoughtful involvement of individuals and families in creative response to such issues; and promotes excellence and creativity in the appreciation, performance and teaching of the arts.


Florida Veterans for Common Sense


Florida Veterans for Common Sense began in Sarasota, Florida in 2002 during the run-up to the Iraq War. As the drumbeat for war intensified, three Vietnam era veterans questioned the government’s position that the war would be short and easy and that the Iraqi people would greet American troops as liberators. Also, like Vietnam, they noticed “intelligence” used to justify the war appeared to be propaganda and not based on reliable information. As they talked about the impending invasion with others, these three veterans learned they were not alone in their opinion and that, in fact, many other veterans shared their concern about another counterproductive war.


Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

WHAT WAKES US IN THE MORNING?  It is as much the soil as the sun, our common ground, fertile earth that remains to be tilled. It is the notion that our neighbors’ need is a goblet to fill: the knowledge that the coast, even along the sands of privilege, is never clear.

What is the foundation of community? It is the certainty that so much of our gift remains ungiven.To donate begins with “to do,” after all.

So what are we waiting for?


Sarasota Housing Authority



We are committed to providing quality, affordable housing, that enhances the lives of our residents and promotes their independence.



Manatee-Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus of Florida

The Manatee/Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus of Florida formed in May 2003 to accommodate these needs:

•To unite and increase the political power of Black and Brown Democrats within Manatee & Sarasota counties.

  • To take appropriate public stands on issues relevant to the Black and Brown community.
  • To encourage and support qualified citizens in becoming candidates for public office.
  • To ensure that issues of concern to the Black and Brown community are made known to the Democratic Party, and to encourage the Democratic Party to take positions on these issues.
  • To ensure that the Democratic Party includes the Black and Brown community in delegate selections and committee processes at all levels of the Democratic Party, Conventions and Organizations.


Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee


Our mission statement is:
To strengthen Jewish life and identity in our community, provide for Jewish people in need, and promote support for Israel.

Formed in January of 1939, UJA quickly became the primary American fundraising organization committed to Jewish causes outside the United States. From its outset, the UJA collaborated with regional federations to provide relief to Jewish groups in Europe, sending abroad a portion of the revenue raised by the federations. Between January and December 1939, UJA raised $14 million to help German Jews escape the Nazis.

After World War II – as American Jews confronted the tragedy of the Holocaust – UJA took a central role in bringing Jewish refugees out of Europe and resettling them in the United States. In 1946, the organization collected $100 million during one campaign alone, and in 1947, it oversaw the arrival of more than 25,000 Jewish survivors to the United States. In 1948, UJA’s focus changed dramatically with the founding of the State of Israel. Instead of bringing Jewish war and Holocaust survivors to the United States, UJA raised $200 million in 1948 to resettle them in Israel.


City of Sarasota Redevelopment Office


The Newtown-North Sarasota Redevelopment Office (NRO), is a division of the City of Sarasota’s Neighborhood and Development Services department. The role of the Redevelopment Office is to implement the City commission priorities and goals related to the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Plan.


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