Jaensch Immigration Law Firm showed its support of the arts in Sarasota by participating in the 2010 artsEXPO. ArtsEXPO brought arts and business professionals together to enjoy a day of educational workshops, networking and lunch with a featured guest speaker. A collaboration between the Sarasota County Arts Council and the Nonprofit Resource Center of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, artsEXPO provided a forum for arts and business professionals to compare calendars and plan creative collaborations for future marketing efforts.
This expo exceeded last year’s attendance, and the feedback from the participants has been exceptionally positive. The Arts Council’s goal was to develop an event that created outstanding educational and inspirational content for members of the Sarasota arts and cultural community, while providing a solid forum for networking with business partners. Over 150 representatives from local arts and cultural organizations attended, and over 20 businesses participated as vendors.
“artsEXPO gave representatives from local businesses and cultural groups an opportunity to connect, coordinate and begin a dialogue that will last throughout the year,” says Russ Crumley, executive director of the Sarasota County Arts Council. “Many of these people met for the first time-over lunch, visiting booths, in workshops, even in the hallways! Many creative ideas begin with these types of basic, yet essential conversations.”
Crumley explained that the goal of the Arts Council was to “get people together, provide stimulating content and compelling presentations, and then get out of the way. Our arts organizations provided the energy needed to create new and exciting collaborations.” Mary Beth Crockett of Sarasota Coach Lines, one of the exhibiting businesses, agreed with Crumley that partnerships between art organizations and business are key. “It’s all about collaboration,” she said. “I didn’t even know that some of these arts groups existed-or offered the programs they offer. I feel a lot more enlightened about our arts community.”
The arts are what “sets Sarasota apart,” said Tom Yorke, director of sales for the new Hyatt Place. “We’ve made a commitment to reaching out to our arts and cultural groups. Their events and programs bring visitors to Sarasota, which is an obvious benefit for our property.”
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