Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to provide Sarasota with opportunities for creative expression and art appreciation through art education, exhibitions and cultural programs.
Art Center Sarasota is a member-based organization that engages the entire artistic community by providing educational programs and exhibitions to local and regional artists and those who simply enjoy the visual arts.
The Center's educational programs engage novice to professional artists with artist demonstrations, lectures, workshops and classes. Art Center Sarasota hosts international and local teaching artists to enrich Sarasota's cultural diversity. Youth programs such as the Creative Kids Art Camps and Slice of Art nurture developing minds.
The Center's exhibitions program shows contemporary works in its three curated galleries, designed to inspire and challenge the viewer. The large atrium gallery is dedicated to showcasing the Sarasota and region's talented artists in juried competitions.
Art Center Sarasota relies on a corps of dedicated volunteers to assist with everything from fundraising to exhibitions and supporting the staff in many ways.