Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, Photo: Ryan Gamma
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza
Photo: Ryan Gamma

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Program Guide

Weekly Programs

FOCAL POINT

Curious about what enlivens a work of art? Deep dive into a select work within our current exhibitions during our Focal Point tours. Your guide will invite you to slow down and look closely while exploring the medium, content, inspiration, and context of a new work every Wednesday at 11am.

Wednesdays at 11am

Meet in the Wendy G. Surkis & Peppi Elona Lobby.

HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

Join us for lively conversations and engaging activities, facilitated by Museum Guides, that offer insightful ways to engage with our current exhibitions. Learn about the themes and ideas that guide each exhibition, as well as the connection points between them.

Fridays at 11am

Meet in the Wendy G. Surkis & Peppi Elona Lobby.

Schedule At A Glance

CURATOR TALK

Inside Look:
Current Exhibitions

Thursday, July 7 from 6 pm – 7 pm

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays at SAM Activities

Sunday, July 10 from 11 am – 5 pm

JAZZ THURSDAY

Featuring The Ruckus Late Night

Thursday, July 14 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm

ART + WELLNESS EVENT

I AM MAN

Friday, July 15 from 5 pm – 8 pm

CLOSING CELEBRATION

Zen Jail

Sunday, July 17  at 11am

POINT OF VIEW

Ross Johnston, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, July 20 from 6 pm – 7 pm

CITIZEN ARTS

Music, Theater, and Dance

Friday, July 22 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

MUSIC ON THE PLAZA

SPIN Featuring the Soul Sensations

Wednesday, July 27 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm

July

Installation view of Rick Silva’s Western Fronts, 2018, in State of the Art 2020: Constructs exhibition at Sarasota Art Museum, Photo: Ryan Gamma
Installation view of Rick Silva’s Western Fronts, 2018, in State of the Art 2020: Constructs exhibition

Photo: Ryan Gamma

CURATOR TALK

Inside Look: Current Exhibitions

Thursday, July 7
6 – 7 pm

Sarasota High School Alumni Auditorium

FREE Museum Members
$20 Not-Yet Members

Curious as to what goes into planning and executing an exhibition? Join Assistant Curator Emory Conetta as she offers an inside look at the discussions and decisions that informed the Museum’s three newest exhibitions.
June Museum Free Day

FREE SECOND SUNDAYS

Free Second Sundays @ SAM ACTIVITIES

Sunday, July 10

11 am – 5 pm

Join us for Free Second Sundays @ SAM!


Bring your friends and family to explore new art and thought-provoking exhibitions, and participate in our fun activities.

Musical Interludes – 12 pm to 1:30 pm 
Join us for music on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza.

Activating Words with Asolo Repertory Theatre
What Do You Do With An Idea?
By Kobi Yamada
Illustrated by Mae Besom


This is a story for anyone, at any age, who’s ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It’s a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s just getting started.

Explore how to cultivate our ideas with movement, art, and imagination. This dynamic hour of creating and collaborating encourages families to dream together and bring their ideas to life. 

The Studios at SAM 2- 4pm

Cyanotype: Printing With the Sun

Join Ringling College printmaking faculty, Eszter Sziksz, in the Studios @ SAM! We’ll create beautiful prints using found objects. Visitors will explore this photographic printing technique that uses the power of the sun. Bring a small object with you, a leaf, a flower, a keepsake, and watch it develop into a print to take home!

Support for Free Second Sundays @ SAM is provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Logo
Ruckus Late Night's
The Ruckus Late Nights'

Jazz Thursdays

Jazz Thursday - Featuring The Ruckus Late Night's

Thursday, July 14

5:30 pm – 8 pm

Sarasota Art Museum

FREE for Members
$20 Not-Yet Members

Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at Jazz Thursday at SAM!

Join us for live jazz at Sarasota Art Museum, hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota, featuring The Ruckus Late Night’s!

Join us every second Thursday from 5:30 pm – 8 pm for music and drinks on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, and art in the galleries.  Galleries are open until 7:00 pm on Jazz Thursdays.

Sip on refreshing cocktails and enjoy small bites in the Bistro. Each month features a different style of jazz, from straight-ahead to free jazz, bebop to swing, and so much more.

ABOUT THE RUCKUS LATE NIGHT
Jazz drummer and multi-instrumentalist Rodney Ruckus spends his days as a music professor as well as the leader of the band The Ruckus Late Night’s. Ruckus gives a fresh take on jazz with his smooth fusion influence and fearless hip-hop essence.

Tickets will also be available at the gate

Please no outside food and drink

I AM MAN - Art + Wellness Event

ART + WELLNESS EVENT

I AM MAN

Friday, July 15
5 – 8 pm

Sarasota High School Alumni Auditorium

$30 Museum Members
$35 Not-Yet Members

I AM MAN is an art and wellness event that will address the current state of mental health and fatherhood in the BIPOC community through an immersive evening of discussion and artmaking.

The evening’s program will begin with open gallery access to SAM’s current exhibitions from 5-6 pm.

Participants will then be invited to the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza for a collaborative art-making activity, mingling, drinks, and light bites.

A 10-minute meditation will connect mind and body before participants are invited to join a panel discussion about the state of fatherhood and wellness for men in the BIPOC community.

The panel will feature the perspectives of four of our community’s high-achieving entrepreneurs, creatives, and business owners and will take place in the Sarasota High School Alumni Auditorium from 7-8 pm.

Stevey Jones, moderator and meditation teaching instructor

Panelists:

  • Roger Capote, Chief Communications Officer CAN Community Health
  • Jesse Clark, Ringling College of Art + Design student, artist
  • Greg Cruz, CEO Streets of Paradise
  • Andrew Santry, Resilience yoga instructor
  • Carlos Moriera, First Sgt. U.S. Marine Corps and Director of Campus Engagement for Veteran Success and Alumni Affairs

This program is co-presented by Emerge Sarasota and Sarasota Art Museum to create space for conversations related to mental health and wellness and to spotlight the healing power of the arts and community discussion.

Tickets include two drink tickets, light bites, and a complimentary admission ticket for a future visit.
JPW3's Zen Jail is a site specific art installation at Sarasota Art Museum
JPW3, Zen Jail , 2016/2019

Courtesy of the artist

CLOSING CELEBRATION

Zen Jail

Sunday, July 17
11 am

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

FREE for all

Join artist JPW3 in celebrating his installation, Zen Jail, through a series of short, participatory programs, including a tea ceremony, a 10-minute meditation, and sound performances.

 

Zen Jail was part of the Museum’s inaugural exhibitions program, and this free event will invite visitors to engage with the work in new ways on its final day on view.

Visitors experiencing Alice Pixley Young's "Geist Transmissions", 2020
Visitors experiencing Alice Pixley Young's, Geist Transmissions, 2020, part of State of the Art 2020: Constructs

Photo: Daniel Perales

Ross Johnston, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

POINT OF VIEW

Ross Johnston, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, July 20
6 – 7 pm

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

$10 Museum Members
$20 Not-Yet Museum Members

We each approach a work of art with our own point of view. Curious about how art inspires some of Sarasota’s brightest community leaders?

Join us for Point of View, a series of artful pairings that brings together one community leader with one artwork of their choosing from one of SAM’s current exhibitions. Each month, our special guest speaker will discuss how they connect with their chosen artwork, whether it be through personal experience, occupation, identity, or another form of self-expression.

 

Guests are encouraged to ask questions, spark discussions with fellow members, and experience the art in new ways. You’re invited to continue the conversation over light snacks and drinks from the cash bar.

Citizen Arts: Music, Theater, and Dance - featuring Marcos Balter, Sam Max, and Amanda Cantrell Roche

PARTNER PROGRAM

Citizen Arts: Music, Theater, and Dance

Thursday, July 22
6:30 – 8 pm

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

$5 registration fee

Art exists not only in the purpose built-spaces of theaters, museums, and concert halls, but also throughout our lives. In this interdisciplinary program, we hear from three
accomplished artists in three different mediums sharing insight and discussing
how their work interacts with the public. Brazilian-born composer Marcos
Balter’s compositions have been described by The New York Times as “utterly
lovely” in addition to having a focus on the hyper-dramatization of the performed
work; theater-maker Sam Max’s work center’s the queer experience in poetic
spaces; and dancer/teaching artist Amanda Cantrell Roche combines her skill
in dance with a history in journalism and a passion for social justice.

In partnership with the Hermitage Artist Retreat.

SPIN - featuring The Soul Sensations

MUSIC ON THE PLAZA

SPIN - Featuring the Soul Sensations

Wednesday, July 27
5:30 – 8 pm

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

FREE Museum Members
$20 Not-Yet Members

SPIN invites you to socialize and experience the contemporary genre of sound through the exploration of musical notes, movement, and engagement.

Beginning June 22, join us for SPIN every Fourth Wednesday this summer in the Marcy and Michael Klein Plaza for our live music and movement program.

ABOUT THE SOUL SENSATIONS
Bringing you the best of the Golden Age of Rhythm and Blues music that America has given the world, the Soul Sensations specializes in old school R&B dating back from the 1960s to today’s time. Traveling the world, playing with some of the biggest names in the music business, the Soul Sensations will have you dancing the night away at SAM.