Sarasota Performing Arts Center raises  million to select architects

Sarasota Performing Arts Center raises $20 million to select architects

An artist's rendering of the future Bay Park area and a new performing arts center planned for the site that is now a parking lot for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Soon after this story was to begin with printed, the Van Wezel Basis furnished up to date estimates for the price of the new undertaking arts heart at $300 million to $350 million.

Considering that she took in excess of as chief govt officer of the Van Wezel Foundation 3 several years in the past, Cheryl Mendelson has been doing work to sell the community and donors on the have to have for a important new performing arts centre that will be the centerpiece of the new Bay Park Conservancy.

All those initiatives have been paying off with tens of millions raised in leadership items. On Thursday, she announced that Foundation board associates have kicked in $20 million to go ahead this yr on architectural collection for the proposed new Sarasota Undertaking Arts Middle.

The announcement was timed to Thursday night’s yearly foundation gala, the organization’s key fundraising party, which featured a supper adopted by a live performance with jazz singer and actor Harry Connick Jr. The board also commits to boosting at least $2.5 million each individual 12 months.