Sarasota Art Museum Announces 2023-2024 Teen Arts Council Class

July 27, 2023

SARASOTA, Fla. (July 27, 2023) – Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design is thrilled to announce the second class of the Teen Arts Council (TAC) for 2023-2024. Thirteen local high school students were selected to engage in a year-long, paid internship focused on contemporary art, museum management, arts program development, and community engagement.
Sarasota Art Museum’s Teen Arts Council (TAC) 2023-2024 class with Flora Major, whose generous support established the Kutya Major Sarasota Art Museum Internship Program, also known as SAM TAC.

From left to right: Virginia Shearer (Executive Director, Sarasota Art Museum), Simon Orduno (Florida Virtual School/Suncoast Technical College), Natalie Donaldson (Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School), Isa Esquivel (Manatee School for the Arts), Berkeley Maecker (Manatee High School), Izabella DeToma (The Out-of-Door Academy), Flora Major, Kimora Lewis (Booker High School), Max Rizzo (Lakewood Ranch High School), Ash McGuire (Florida Virtual School), Kate Smith (Riverview High School), Brooke Yerger (Manatee High School), Scarlett-Rose Austin (Booker High School), Dr. Brooks Tracey (Lead Instructor)

Not Pictured: Marley Bean (Booker High School), Addison Hurt (Manatee School for the Arts)

Photo Credit: Daniel Perales, courtesy of Sarasota Art Museum

The internship program begins with a six-week summer intensive that includes guest speakers and hands-on experiences learning about the museum field, careers, and programs. Throughout the school year, Teen Arts Council members will continue to assist in developing and implementing programming for teens, youths, and families. While part of the Teen Arts Council program, members meet with Sarasota Art Museum staff, arts professionals, and other teens.


“Sarasota Art Museum is dedicated to making art accessible for all, and SAM TAC is a powerful opportunity to further that goal,” said Virginia Shearer, executive director of Sarasota Art Museum. “Through Flora Major’s leadership and vision, SAM TAC continues to grow while providing teens a place to explore and develop their own connection to art through meaningful, relevant, and equitable experiences.”


The 2023-2024 SAM TAC class members hail from several schools throughout our region, including Booker High School, Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, Florida Virtual School, Lakewood Ranch High School, Manatee High School, Manatee School for the Arts, The Out-of-Door Academy, Riverview High School, and Suncoast Technical College.


Teen Arts Council is a year-round commitment and a paid position. Also known as the Kutya Major Sarasota Art Museum Internship Program, SAM TAC is generously supported by the Kutya Major Foundation and Flora Major, one of Sarasota Art Museum’s founders.


“Ensuring our youth and future artists have access to experiential learning opportunities can make a significant difference in their growth and appreciation of the arts,” said Flora Major. “It is truly fulfilling to witness SAM TAC continuing to inspire and educate more teens throughout our region.”


Teen Arts Council members have an interest in learning about art and the workings of a museum and serving as ambassadors for Sarasota Art Museum. Rising high school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for next year’s class. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in high school for the 2024-2025 school year. 

Learn more about SAM TAC

About Sarasota Art Museum

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 and features 15,000 square feet of dedicated exhibition space, the outdoor Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, the Great Lawn featuring temporary sculpture and site-specific installations, Bistro, and SHOP. Sarasota Art Museum is home to a robust portfolio of education programs for all ages, including the Studios @ SAM, a vibrant studio arts program, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Ringling College, which offers a variety of courses for adult learners.

Sarasota Art Museum is located at 1001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, 34236. 

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