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Longboat Key Center for the Arts (LBKCA) has been a predominant cultural institution on Longboat Key for over 60 years.  In 2007, the LBKCA Executive Board approached Ringling College of Art and Design (RCAD) to propose a merging with the Art Center in order to remain financially viable.  This request was positively received by the College.  In order to ensure LBKAC’s success, RCAD has assumed all debt, operational costs, facility repairs, renovation expenses, and replacement of key infrastructural mechanics for the last seven years.  To do so, RCAD has invested its precious capital typically directed towards degree-seeking students to stabilize the LBKCA facility and its operation on Longboat Key.

Moving into 2014, it is increasingly important for LBKCA students, visitors, and guests to recognize the value and vitality this cultural institution brings to our community.  We encourage your appreciation by becoming a FRIEND OF LBKCA.  Your tax- deductible donation supports the creative programming offered at LBKCA. This gift “keeps on giving” for you and the many people who experience our creative and cultural offerings at Longboat Key Center for the Arts.

We’re fortunate to live, work, and play in a community where the arts are supported and appreciated. Longboat Key Center for the Arts and Ringling College of Art and Design care deeply about how the arts shape and define who we are, and who we will be in the future. Through RCAD degree programs and LBKCA community arts opportunities, we are actively shaping the cultural landscape in our community as well as influencing our future through creative thought and design practices.

Thank you for supporting our efforts by becoming a FRIEND OF LBKCA today. Your financial gift ensures creativity and culture flourish on Longboat Key, and supports educational opportunities for artists and designers of all ages to imagine a positive and productive future. To become a FRIEND OF LBKCA, please contact Jane Buckman, Director at 941.383.2345 or email jbuckman@ringling.edu.

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