EdExploreNEXT helps Sarasota arts, science and history groups create more meaningful experiences for students

Posted on December 14, 2012 by The Patterson Foundation

Launched more than a year ago, Sarasota arts, cultural and science experiences for students, listed on EdExploreSRQ.com, will get a boost from $140,000 in grants made by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County.

EdExploreSRQ.com is a website designed to give principals and teachers access to explorations offered by our region's arts, cultural and science organizations. These explorations are aligned with state curriculum benchmarks. 

The EdExploreNEXT funding was made possible with support from The Patterson Foundation, The Science and Environment Council of Sarasota County and the Sarasota County School System. 

Congratulations to the EdExploreNEXT recipients:

Asolo Repertory Theatre - $10,000 - Middle and High School students will learn theoretical and practical skills for Careers in the Arts using Safari Live.

Circus Sarasota - $10,000 - Circus Science use circus acts as an example of physical science at work for Grades, 4,5,7, and 8 through video and participation.

Florida Studio Theatre - $25,000 - FST will collaborate with the Ringling Museum and a storyteller for Listen to Our Voices, a spoken word project using arts integration for Grades 6,7 and 8, through video conferencing

Florida Studio Theatre - $6,000 - FST will teach and provide follow-up experiences for students in Write a Play by purchasing Safari Montage Live equipment.

New College Public Archaeology Lab - $10,000 - A video game will be expanded for the Grades 4 – 8 exploration: Building on the Coastal Peoples of 19th Century Sarasota Pass.

Sarasota Bay Estuary Program - $25,000 - The program will collaborate with County Natural Resources Department and Around the Bend Nature Tours to expand 4 field trips to Grades 7 – 12 by developing lessons using technology and creating “tech kits” for hands-on learning.

Selby Gardens - $10,000 - Forest Friends will produce K-12 curriculum units and an orientation video for the new Children’s Rainforest Garden.

Selby Gardens - $25,000 - Selby Gardens will collaborate with Mote Marine and a musician to develop three explorations that connect science, poetry and performance using Safari Live.

Venice Symphony - $10,000 - Venice Symphony will enhance their 3rd grade concert by creating interactive lessons and sending more musicians to schools.

Venice Theatre - $10,000 - K–12 students will learn about the history of Venice through research, storytelling and theatre to create “tours” using Safari Live.


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