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Sarasota, FL - Jan. 24, 2014 - Elaine Keating's "Million Dollar Match"
Ringling College of Art and Design president Dr. Larry R. Thompson and Wendy G. Surkis, president of the Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA, a division of Ringling College, announced that Ringling College trustee and SMOA board member Elaine Keating has pledged one million dollars to match new contributions to the Sarasota Museum of Art to help propel it to its completion in a 'Million Dollar Match' program.
In the 'Million Dollar Match' program every donor dollar given will be matched up to one million dollars by Elaine Keating's gift. "Our community needs a world-class venue for contemporary art," said Mrs. Keating. "I am very excited by the Sarasota Museum of Art, what will take place in that building and I am extremely motivated to have it finished. The campaign is already 80 percent funded - if we close the funding out by May we can get started remodeling the building. It's been like waiting for a new baby to be born - the final success after so much effort and expectancy. I wish it had only taken nine months, but at this point we are so close I pledged this 'Million Dollar Match' to unite our community in finishing the campaign."
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Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA: Imagination in Action!
SMOA will be Sarasota’s first art museum devoted to modern and contemporary art. It's slated to be a dynamic destination for exhibiting innovative visual art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum will interweave exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach initiatives to engage a diverse audience and serve as a stimulating hub for creative discovery and discourse. This will be a lively and interactive destination for our community.
Together, Ringling College and SMOA will transform the former Sarasota High School, a 57,000 square foot landmark building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into a museum complete with a 110-seat, multi-purpose auditorium, sculpture court, indoor/outdoor café, classrooms and studios, educational resource and meeting spaces. According to Wendy Surkis, president of SMOA, this new use is history-making in its own right.
“The building will regain its stature as one of the area’s most significant and recognizable structures," she says. "The reinvention of this building, which includes a glass structure, iconic in its modernity, invokes the past, the present and the future. The rebirth of the high school is exhilarating."
SMOA has made incredible strides toward achieving its $22 million fundraising goal—$14 million renovation and $8 million operating endowment—and is increasing in momentum. To date, the project has raised $18.4 million. Donations of all sizes make a meaningful difference. Thank you for considering SMOA and helping to get to Opening Day even sooner.
- Imagine experiencing the best in contemporary art and community education, designed to inspire and engage people of all ages.
- Imagine preserving a landmark architectural icon and bringing historic Sarasota High back to life as a hub for creativity, discovery, and lifelong learning.
- Imagine how meaningful it will be to leave a lasting legacy for generations to come how meaningful it will be to leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.
We are imagination in action. Join us on our journey to make this amazing endeavor a reality!
Wendy G. Surkis