Focused Initiatives

Students with Disabilites

We know the arts are essential for all learners. Explore our VSA and Inclusion projects and commitment to arts accessibility for everyone.

Ready To Grow

Ready to Grow offers arts programs specifically targeted for our youngest learners. Using Arts Integration in Drama, Movement, Visual Art and Movement, preschoolers learn content and social skills they need to be KINDERGARTEN READY.

Teaching Artists are trained in Early Learning standards and develop interactive content that can be used in the preschool classroom or at home. Learning has never been so fun!

This program includes:

  • Special READY TO GROW Artworks Anywhere video Series
  • Classroom Visits for Preschool Audiences
  • Arts Integration Professional Development  for Early Learning Educators

Grade Level Reading

Early Literacy through the arts is a cornerstone of the Van Wezel Arts Integration Approach. Studies show that by third grade students should stop learning to read and start reading to learn. With the Van Wezel, learning to read is all about creativity! Focusing on the Grade Level Reading pillars, we have developed arts integration activities designed to support literacy.

Teen Voices

FOR TEENS, BY TEENS. TEEN VOICES is a mentorship program where teen ambassadors work with Van Wezel Teaching Artists to create and share meaningful art, addressing pressing topics.


Artworks Anywhere

Located at

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 263-6799
(800) 826-9303


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