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Patriot Plaza Honors Veterans Through Architecture

Editor’s Note: Gary Hoyt of Hoyt Architects is the design architect for Patriot Plaza. The Patterson Foundation, an endowed charitable entity, funded the design, construction and endowment for Patriot Plaza. Patriot Plaza, the ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery, is a nominee for the 2016 Spirit of Sarasota Architecture Award! Presented by the American Institute… Read more »

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Becoming a better organization one day at a time

Editor’s Note: Asya Shine is one of our region’s public innovators and is the coalition coordinator for the Drug Free DeSoto Coalition.  Drug Free DeSoto Coalition has been working with Aspirations to Actions Guide Bill Little for the last fiscal year to help with the reorganization of the Coalition’s structure and purpose within the community. Although… Read more »

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The Harwood Institute’s approach becomes part of fabric of community

Editor’s Note: Bill Booth is a coach for The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. During the fourth Innovation Space Workshop last month, the Aspirations to Actions teams were asked to prepare presentations of their work over the past 18 months. We listened to updates from seven groups. What an inspiring day it turned out to be!… Read more »

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Celebrating Sarasota’s age-friendly assets

Dr. Rodney Harrell, AARP’s director of livability thought leadership, recently visited Sarasota to give a keynote address for community leaders. Each guest of The Patterson Foundation was asked to think about our community’s greatest asset. The following highlights why Sarasota County is not only livable, but also age friendly. ·      Season of Sharing Campaign ·      Lido Beach Sunsets ·     … Read more »

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Assembled to make a difference at Mind in the Making Facilitator Institute

Thirty-four passionate, dedicated, and committed individuals gathered at Goodwill Manasota this week to begin a three-day journey as part of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. They are the inaugural class of the Mind In The Making Facilitator Institute, and will soon be providing Mind In The Making module trainings for parents, early childhood practitioners, child… Read more »

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Becoming a catalytic converter in your community

Editor’s Note: Hannah Coval is the English/Spanish project coordinator for the Sarasota Coalition on Substance Abuse. In The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation’s practice and parlance, “Community Rhythms,” which include “The 5 Stages of Community Life,” identify where individuals or groups are in helping their communities move forward. One of the stages — Catalytic —… Read more »

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Reflections on livable communities events

Age-Friendly Sarasota recently hosted a series of Livable Communities events with Dr. Rodney Harrell, director of Livable Communities for the AARP Public Policy Institute and lead architect of the Livability Index. Dr. Harrell spoke at four events addressing: 1) urban planners throughout the county 2) leaders in government, business, media, nonprofits and community groups across… Read more »

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Endowment match helps immerse students in diversity appreciation

While the Embracing Our Differences’ annual outdoor exhibit in Island Park appeals to people of all ages, it holds a particular soft spot for young people. Thousands of children and teenagers flock to see the exhibit every year. The art and quotes intrigue and challenge them; our wonderful student docents inspire them. Young people are… Read more »

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Community partnership improves EdExploreSRQ

From philanthropic foundations to organizations championing arts and sciences, the EdExploreSRQ community partnership exists to sustain and grow EdExploreSRQ for the benefit of all students in our local area by providing access to quality, curriculum-aligned experiences. Angela Hartvigsen, the fine arts program specialist for Sarasota County Schools and the manager of EdExploreSRQ.com, shares more:

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Early learning community facilitator institute kicks off in May

If you were fortunate enough to hear author Ellen Galinsky speak in March at the Van Wezel, then you are already excited about Mind in the Making and what knowledge of its Seven Essential Skills means to everyone who interacts with young children. Mind in the Making was developed by Families and WorkInstitute (FWI) to… Read more »