The Week Ahead: Celebrating, Measuring The Arts' Impact In Sarasota

This Week: Annual Art Awards Celebration | Arts' Economic Impact | Orange Ave. Closure | Presidential Debate | Cutting Loose Grand Opening

1. The Van Wezel will host two important events celebrating the arts this week.

First up is the 14th Annual Awards Celebration by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. It's free to attend.

The evening celebration brings together the arts and cultural community to recognize grant recipients, award winners and leading advocates for arts and culture. Special performances will be by Fuzion Dance Artists, Jazz Juvenocracy, and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. 

Joey Panek, Sarasota arts renaissance man and host of The Art Whisperer, will be the master of ceremonies.

2. Also at the Van Wezel is a luncheon event on the economic impact of the arts in Sarasota from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Randy Cohen of Americans for the Arts will be the keynote speaker. Cohen will reveal findings of a comprehensive study conducted by Americans for the Arts on the national and local economic impact of the non-profit arts and cultural industry. The event is presented by the Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County.

The cost to attend is $45 for individuals. Half and full corporate tables also are available. Register online atwww.edcsarasotacounty.com/calendar.asp or call 309-1200 ext. 103. 

3. Starting today, Orange Avenue between 10th Way and 12th Street will be temporarily closed for a drainage improvement project. The closure will last through Friday, Dec. 12, according to the city.  As part of the project, a water line will be replaced under the railroad tracks at 11thStreet, requiring the closure.

4. Tonight is also the final presidential debate between Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. They're coming to the Sunshine State this time—Lynn University in Boca Raton. The debate starts at 9 p.m., and you can join

5. Looking for a midweek party? Cutting Loose salon, 1950 Main St., will celebrate its grand opening from 4 to 7 p.m.

The fun includes a digital Photo Booth, provided by K2Photo, drinks by Evie's Tavern, food samples from Eat Here, dessert from Cakes by Paige, and smoothies from Tropical Smoothie Cafe. They're also promising music by a mystery performer, too.

Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase to benefit the Center for Building Hope.


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