Cultural centers

The CreArte Latino cultural center receives a grant from the Community Foundation

The CreArte Latino Cultural Center has been selected to receive a $6,900 Community Impact Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to support CreArte Latino’s many classes and workshops for adults, children and families.

The bilingual arts and education nonprofit serves as a creative hub for the burgeoning Hispanic/Latino communities in Sarasota and Manatee counties. CreArte Latino’s mission is to connect Latinos/Hispanics and the community at large through artistic and educational opportunities and events.

Carolina Franco is artistic director and president of CreArte Latino.

“This grant gives us the opportunity to expand our educational programming and reach over 200 students,” said Carolina Franco, Artistic Director and President of CreArte Latino. “The children may not speak Spanish and may have no idea of ​​their culture. We want to build their pride and give them first-hand experience of their rich heritage. We are deeply grateful to the Community Foundation for supporting us in this important mission.”

The CreArte Latino Cultural Center‘s program for 2022-23 includes the ongoing “Amigos Reading Club” for adults and a new “Amigos Reading Club” for children, both for Spanish speakers. Additionally, there is an adult course in Spanish for English speakers called “Conversemos” and an adult course in English for Spanish speakers called “Let’s Talk in English”. Book clubs and language courses are all done through the Zoom platform.

For in-person learning, the Center provides two theater workshops for children and a music-making and dance workshop for young people. For more information about CreArte Latino Cultural Center, 8251 15th St. E., Sarasota, visit or CreArte Latino on Facebook.

With assets of $520 million in more than 1,570 charitable funds, the Community Foundation last year awarded grants and scholarships totaling $27.5 million in education, the arts, health and social services, civic engagement, animal welfare and the environment. For more information, visit or call 941-955-3000.

Submitted by Su Byron