SARASOTA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – CreArte Latino recently received a grant of $ 29,847 from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. According to Carol Fox Hartz, executive director of CreArte Latino, the funds will be used for technical equipment and other performance needs.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Selby Foundation, we will have more lights, a better sound system, microphones and a real classic stage curtain,” Hartz said. She adds that funds are also earmarked for ceiling insulation, acoustic panels, digital mixer and projector.
Based on its success in producing an average of nine parts per year by 2018, CreArte moved to a 4,500 square foot space at 8251 15e St. East in Sarasota in 2019. During the pandemic, with the help of donors, grants and almost exclusively volunteer work, the organization built the new 100-seat Georgia Court Theater, as well as a classroom and a smaller scene. The Selby Foundation grant will fund essential finishing touches to the main stage.
“This grant will help provide our audience with the best possible theatrical experience at all levels and we are deeply grateful for it,” said Hartz.
CreArte relaunched its theatrical season in early October 2021, in accordance with Safe Arts Sarasota Covid protocols. “Revista Musical” for Hispanic Heritage Month was followed by “Taxímetro Adulterado” by Pipe Vallejo. Marta Buchaca’s “Perdedores” was produced in November. All three shows were sold out. A bilingual program is being planned and four more Spanish plays are scheduled for 2022.
CreArte Latino was founded in 2012 as a theatrical creation center for the Hispanic Latino / Hispanic community in Sarasota and Manatee counties. “It is our mission to be a link between the Latino / Hispanic community and the community at large through the arts,” Hartz said.