Nationwide Art Initiative Debuts at Sarasota Art Museum

More than 500 Community Members from Sarasota to kick off “National Scrollathon” by artists Steven and William Ladd

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2022) – Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College is proud to announce the Sarasota Scrollathon, kicking off the National Scrollathon, a nationwide collaborative art initiative. Scrollathon is a community engagement program founded by contemporary artists Steven and William Ladd that transforms participants’ original works of art into public Collaborative Masterworks.

More than 20 Community Partners and 500 community members from across the Sarasota region will create a Collaborative Masterwork over the course of five days. The Sarasota Collaborative Masterwork will be unveiled to the public on Oct. 16 at Sarasota Art Museum. A second part of the current exhibition, Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh, will also open Oct. 16, detailing the history and evolution of the Scrollathon initiative.

“Sarasota Art Museum and its community are honored to be the Florida representative for the National Scrollathon,” said Virginia Shearer, executive director of Sarasota Art Museum. “We’re so excited to welcome the Sarasota community to be a part of this transformative experience that has engaged thousands and demonstrates how contemporary art can be a lens for personal and collective storytelling.”

During a Scrollathon, participants create and title their own scroll before being invited to share the title and its meaning with other participants. The scroll is later incorporated into a Collaborative Masterwork sculpture by Steven and William Ladd. Since its founding in 2006, Scrollathon has served more than 10,000 people from diverse ages, backgrounds, and abilities, inviting participants to think about what they value in life while creating museum-quality art.

The National Scrollathon is a nationwide program that will engage more than 33,000 people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and abilities through the collaborative creation and presentation of monumental works of art in all 50 states, five territories, and Washington, D.C., plus 10 Native Regional Centers. The ultimate outcome envisioned for National Scrollathon is an outstanding, enduring, and memorable example of what represents and unites us as Americans. Sarasota’s Collaborative Masterwork will represent Florida as part of the National Scrollathon exhibition opening in 2026 to celebrate the United States’ Semiquincentennial (250th Anniversary).

The Sarasota Scrollathon Community Partners include organizations touching all corners of the Sarasota region—All Star Children’s Foundation, ALSO Youth, Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, CreArte Latino Cultural Center, Easter Seals of Southwest Florida, Fabulous Arts Foundation, Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce, Impact Theatre, Indigenous in Music and Arts Inc., JFCS of the Suncoast, Kutya Major SAM Teen Arts Council + Family, Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome), New College of Florida, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, Planned Parenthood Sarasota Peer Ed Team, Ringling College of Art and Design Liberal Arts Department, Second Heart Homes, Sarasota Art Museum staff, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Sarasota County Health & Human Services, Sarasota Memorial Memory Disorder Clinic, Senior Friendship Centers Sarasota, Southside School Foundation for the Arts, and Streets of Paradise Sarasota.

National Scrollathon/Florida at Sarasota Art Museum is sponsored by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. The exhibition Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh is paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues.

As Sarasota’s only museum solely focused on contemporary artists and their work, Sarasota Art Museum showcases art that responds to the present moment. Audiences can learn more about Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh by visiting the exhibition page.

About Sarasota Art Museum

Sarasota Art Museum is a catalyst for appreciation and understanding of the art of our time. As a platform for exposure, education, and experimentation, the Museum inspires new ideas and new ways of being through an endless rotation of transformative, relevant, and pioneering exhibitions and programs designed to elevate and empower all by cultivating discerning visual thinkers and ethical citizens.

Sarasota Art Museum is Ringling College of Art and Design’s dynamic laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art. Sarasota Art Museum shares the Ringling College Museum Campus with Ringling College’s Continuing Studies program comprised of the non-credit Studio and Digital Arts program and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Ringling College.
Located in the historic Sarasota High School, Sarasota Art Museum opened to the public in 2019 in the beautifully reimagined building by K/R Architects. The new Museum is comprised of 15,000 square feet of dedicated exhibition space, a plaza court, the Great Lawn featuring temporary sculpture and site – specific installations, Bistro, and SHOP.
As Sarasota’s only museum solely focused on contemporary artists and their work, Sarasota Art Museum offers visitors a place to see thought-provoking exhibitions and participate in education programs that start conversations and amplify the city’s creative spirit.
SHOP, located in the Museum’s lobby, features an eclectic collection of exhibition-related merchandise, art and architecture books, contemporary jewelry, and gifts.

Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum is located on the Museum’s campus in Paul Rudolph’s Sarasota School of Architecture 1959 Vocational Shops building. The Bistro fare is inspired by Florida’s regional fruit stands and farmer’s markets and emphasizes local produce, healthy proteins, and artisanal specialty items brought to you by Executive Chef and general manager Kaytlin Dangaran.

Related Programs



Scrollathon Sarasota Community Opening Celebration

Sunday,  October 16
11 am – 1 pm

3rd Floor Galleries


11:00-12:00 pm Reception in Thomas McGuire Hall

12:00-12:30 pm Words from the artists

12:30-1:00 pm See the artwork!

Meet artists Steven and William Ladd and join as we celebrate the opening of the Sarasota Scrollathon. Learn how the Ladd’s integrate fine and conceptual art, design, and craft with their passion to engage with people through hands-on educational collaboration – a program called Scrollathon. During Scrollathons, participants make artwork inspired by a personal story while sharing that story with the group, demonstrating how contemporary art can become a lens for personal storytelling. Be among the first to experience the new Sarasota Collaborative Masterwork made in collaboration with 500 local participants.
Installation view of "Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh", Photo: Ryan Gamma
Installation view of Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh

Photo: Ryan Gamma


Steven and William Ladd

Thursday, December 8
6 – 7 pm
Sarasota High School Alumni Auditorium

FREE for Members; Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a conversation with Steven and William Ladd. The artists, who are brothers, will talk about their new exhibition, Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh, their inspiration, their fascination with materials and process, and their commitment to community and society.

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