We Community Support
Community support is the lifeblood of a vibrant arts scene
It's our mission to present a broad spectrum of the world's finest performing artists in order to meet the diverse cultural needs of all of Southwest Florida's residents and visitors. We bring visiting artists into the community for meaningful education and outreach programs that help develop new audiences. We provide a quality home for other local cultural organizations that present their programs here. This is achieved through Corporate Partnerships, Grants, and relationships with local arts organizations who share our mission.
There are Many Ways to Get Involved
Vital to the success of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and its programming, we greatly appreciate and thank our corporate sponsors for their commitment to the arts in our community.
For more information on becoming a partner in support of our Corporate, Private or Education and Outreach programs, please call the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at (941) 955-7676, ext. 2226.
Van Wezel Main Stage programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida; Department of State; Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Arts Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Tourist Development Tax through the Board of County Commissioners; the Tourist Development Council; the City of Sarasota; and the Sarasota County Arts Council.
Grants, Gifts, & Partnerships
The Van Wezel graciously recognizes the many supporters of our Education, Capital Improvement, and Main Stage Programming. Together, we strive to make a lasting impact on those who live and visit the Gulf Coast region.
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is supported in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
Van Wezel Education Programs receive additional generous support from Publix Supermarkets Charities, the Woman's Exchange, the Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation, the Van Wezel Foundation, and many other public and private partners.
Help us bring the joy and wonder of the performing arts to all students through the Van Wezel's education programs. Please call 955-7676, ext. 2221 to find how you can support our future generations of arts audiences.
"Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture."
We depend on people from all around the community to assist us in offering patrons the finest performing arts experience. There are many opportunities to lend your time, talent and resources to our organization. Feel free to contact House Manager, Dave Colston at (941) 263-6751.
To apply to be an usher, visit the City of Sarasota Jobs site below.
Look for the “Volunteer/Unpaid Intern” position and apply.
When you get to the “Questions” section, you will see Supplemental Questions. Supplemental Question 04 states “Please select your Department of interest. If unknown, please select ‘other.’” You will see “Van Wezel” listed as an option here.
Donate Your Spare Tickets
Patrons unable to use tickets to a Van Wezel-sponsored performance can donate them back to the Box Office at least 48 hours prior to the performance date. Proceeds support the Van Wezel's Education and Outreach programs, which last year served over 36,000 students, teachers, and community members in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties.
Support the Van Wezel Foundation
Many people may not realize that the Van Wezel Foundation operates as a partner, but independently, of the city owned and operated Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Established in 1987, the Foundation is a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has directed millions of dollars in support of the Hall's capital improvements, programs and ongoing educational efforts.
There are many opportunities to support the Van Wezel available through the Van Wezel Foundation.