After six years of planning and collaboration with our civic and public partners, on September 6 the city of Sarasota approved a master plan initiative. Throughout this process, there was one vision that remained steadfast — the need to build a new state-of-the-art performing arts center.
A preeminent, multi-venue performing arts center that inspires, entertains, and educates with year-round, world-class performances, affordable ticket pricing, and robust education programs.
“Through forward-thinking partnerships and a passionate commitment to respond to the needs of our community, now is the time to move forward and fulfill the master plan’s promise.”– Cheryl Mendelson, CEO of Van Wezel Foundation
“We are here today standing on the shoulders of Sarasota’s leaders from past generations. It was their vision and will that fueled the current hall’s growth and led it to become a cultural beacon attracting businesses and others to our community, and providing entertainment for all tastes. We are united with that vision and seek to do the same for future generations.”- Mike Martella, Chairman of Van Wezel Foundation