Throughout this week (3/4-3/11), activists have the opportunity to help clean up the bayou in Newtown, participate in a discussion on women’s suffrage, and support a variety of local, progressive films. Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding climate change, feminism or racial minorities in the arts.
Thursday, Mar. 5
Black/Latinx Theatre: Where Can It Take Us? And Will You Embrace It? with Travis Ray
This lecture and discussion with professional actor and Associate Managing Director of West Coast Black Theatre Troupe Travis Ray explicates the field of arts management, specifically in regards to live theatre, supporting and fostering artists of color and Sarasota-based theatre opportunities. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, Mar. 5
The RHINO Project: Film Screening of Human | Nature
6:00 — 7:30 p.m.
The Historic Asolo Theatre
From New College’s Arts + Humanities Newsletter: “The RHINO Project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between students and faculty of New College of Florida, the Ringling College Film Department, the John and Mable Ringling Museum, and local Sarasota artists. Weaving together elements of dance, music, film, and costume, The RHINO Project explores humankind’s impact and exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on the poaching crisis of rhinos specifically, The RHINO Project provides a space for self-reflection, demonstrating the consequences of our violence as a species.” This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, Mar. 7
Whitaker Bayou Cleanup and Community Health Celebration
9:30 a.m.— 1:30 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2523 Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL 34234
Help cleanup the bayou and Dr. MLK Park in the morning, then enjoy free lunch and activities in the park, including the Newtown Farmer’s Market. Sponsored by the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, March 10
Suffragist Salon: An Interactive Dialogue and Networking Opportunity for Women
525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota FL 34236
Join our very own Professor Queen Mecca Zabriskie and Meg Gilbert of Florida Studio Theatre for a feminist consciousness-raising party sponsored by Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center and WSLR 96.5 Community Radio. From the sponsors: “an interactive evening of beverages, dancing, readings of text, and discussion as we reflect on the complex history of the Suffragist Movement and its impact on our contemporary community relationships. This event will provide a chance for us to meet other women in Sarasota who are working towards a common goal of transcending difference so we may stand shoulder to shoulder.” This event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, Mar. 11
Dirty Water Festival
12:00 — 9:30 p.m.
Ringling College of Art and Design, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2363 Bradenton Rd, Sarasota, FL 34234
This day long symposium of ecologically-minded films explores climate change’s causes, effects, and solutions. Films are followed by panel discussions between ecologists, environmental advocates, filmmakers, and the audience. Regional environmental organizations will also have representatives providing information on local environmental needs and volunteer opportunities.
With a student discount it costs $5 for 1 movie, $8 for 2 movies and $10 for a day pass.