A Q&A with new Sarasota-area arts leaders about culture, community and the future

Patrons explore an exhibition at Art Center Sarasota.

Patrons explore an exhibition at Art Center Sarasota.

Part of what makes the Sarasota area so vibrant are the many exciting arts and culture opportunities it offers, and the organizations that present them try to maintain that excitement through bold creativity and by looking toward the future. We spoke to a number of arts leaders who are still relatively new in their jobs about what’s in store for the coming months.

Participating are Benny Sato Ambush, artistic director for Venice Theatre; Jeffery Kin, who served 15 years as artistic director of Players Centre for Performing Arts and is now general director of the forthcoming Sarasota Arts Festival; Kinsey Robb, executive director for Art Center Sarasota; Anne-Marie Russell, executive director for Architecture Sarasota; Virginia Shearer, executive director for Sarasota Art Museum; and Bramwell Tovey, music director designate for Sarasota Orchestra

Benny Sato Ambush, who has a long history as a director and artistic leader at some of the nation’s most prominent professional theaters, has been named artistic director of Venice Theatre.


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Ex-prisoners in S’pore use art to give back to the community and to heal their souls

Art exhibition Routes features artworks by the previously-incarcerated in Singapore. (PHOTO: Global Cultural Alliance)

Art exhibition Routes features artworks by the previously-incarcerated in Singapore. (PHOTO: Global Cultural Alliance)

SINGAPORE – A recent art exhibition entitled ‘Routes’, organised by the Global Cultural Alliance (GCA), featured the work of previously-incarcerated artists. These emerging talents are all part of Canvas, a support group providing training for former prisoners at the Visual Arts Hub (VAH) in Changi Prison Complex.

The idea behind the exhibition was to display another side of those who have ended up in the Singapore penal system and to help break down social barriers by showing how art can help with improving mental health. Canvas mentors and volunteers run a variety of art-based programmes to help artists after their release from prison so that they can ultimately give back to the larger community.

“We started out in 2019 as a support group for aspiring artists who were trained at the Visual Arts Hub at Changi

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Arts Alliance joins the Annual Pueblo Bike Classic to highlight culture in the community

PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) – The Pueblo Arts Alliance Program is hosting the 2nd annual Pueblo Bike Classic, while bringing culture and community together. A contest is being held for people of all ages, who can sign up to showcase their artistic creativity in the community.

“We’re excited to host the Second Annual Pueblo Bike Classic and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to showcase the talent of one of our artists in Pueblo,” said City of Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar. “This is a fun way to highlight our pride in our city while also elevating the rich culture and background of our community. I’m looking forward to the entries we will see and the incredible artwork that our local artists produce.”

Artists or a team of artists who live in Pueblo County are encouraged to sign up. The contest allows people to share their talent, creative ideas and designs with

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ARTS AND CULTURE: Tribune staff, community share top 5 – The Tribune

The Ironton Tribune staff, along with community members, selects their favorite arts and culture moments and releases from 2021:

Sarah Simmons
General manager, The Ironton Tribune

1. Children’s graphic novel, “When Stars are Scattered,” by Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson. It paints a picture of what a refugee camp is like, including struggles and enduring them, from a child’s perspective.

2. “Space Camp,” an EP from Ironton-based, genre-crossing Appalachian rock from Building Rockets.

3. Television series, Press Room Recordings, filmed by Armstrong Cable. This series features original music from locals and musicians passing through our region.

4. Cream of the Crop, a juried exhibition of works from regional artists using a wide range of media at Southern Ohio Museum.

5. Portsmouth Little Theater, which has been given a facelift by volunteers and donors and provides a place for locals to hone their craft and transport viewers during each performance.


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