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Sarasota and the arts share a history. John and Mable Ringling made Sarasota their home in 1911, building a mansion/museum that now houses a superb collection of famed paintings from around the world. Famous authors, syndicated comic strip artists and movie stars live here right alongside the locals. The city is also home to the Ringling College of Art & Design, which produces highly sought animators and graphic artists, and New College, frequently named among the nation's best private colleges. Downtown Sarasota bustles with art galleries, outdoor dining, retail shops and playhouses.

Sarasota Features

Urban Alleys Become Pathways To Revitalization

From Seattle to Washington D.C., forgotten alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages, and becoming havens for pedestrians, public art and small businesses.

Startup Grind Founder Ignites Entrepreneurial Fever

Serial entrepreneur Joy Randels brings her expertise to Tampa Bay area community events from Startup Weekend to Ignite Tampa Bay. As chapter director of Startup Grind Tampa Bay, she aims to help local entrepreneurs make meaningful connections.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Creates "The Miracle Theatre'' For Young Performers

As recently as 2013, the northern edge of ritzy downtown Sarasota rarely saw visitors from outside the 'hood. But today, the efforts of one intrepid theatre group are transforming a bleak, urban neighborhood into a vanguard destination for the performing arts while launching talent seen on stages across America and in Europe.

Tampa Team Competes For $10M Global XPRIZE

The Intention Technology team from Tampa Bay is competing with other innovative international teams to design a portable wireless device that can transform the delivery of healthcare and win a $10 million prize.

Ringling Playspace Invites Children, Families To Step Outdoors

Children flock to a new outdoor playspace under the Banyan Trees at the stately Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. The space is possible following a private donation aimed at creating a place where kids (and their parents) can take a break to re-energize while touring exhibits.
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