Our community is a cultural oasis brimming with artistic and educational opportunities, yet many remain untouched by local teachers and students due to access. EdExploreSRQ, a web-based search platform powered by community partnerships, strives to showcase opportunities in the arts and education by transforming the way Sarasota County teachers, principals, and parents identify and discover experiential learning opportunities in our community.
Featuring more than 250 offerings by local nonprofits and individual teaching artists, EdExploreSRQ offers unique "explorations" focusing on the arts, sciences, history, and culture for K-12 students that are reviewed and approved by Sarasota School District curriculum leaders to ensure these meaningful connections are matched with educational standards and encourage academic success.
For educators and young learners alike, EdExploreSRQ is the gateway to an enriching hands-on experience and a lifetime interest and appreciation for the cultural, artistic, and environmental gems in our community.
How Teachers Connect
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Community Foundation is pausing the processing of EdExploreSRQ grant applications. If school reopens for the 2019-20 school year, we will re-evaluate this decision.
Teachers who had previously submitted applications for spring explorations will be notified via email regarding next steps. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Light, Education Officer firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in applying for an EdExploreSRQ grant?
Please check back in August 2020.
A unique partnership created by a passionate alliance of foundations, nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies, and individuals has committed to sustain and grow EdExploreSRQ for the benefit of all Sarasota County students. This partnership includes:
- Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
- Education Foundation of Sarasota County
- Sarasota County School District
- Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida
- The Patterson Foundation
The Community Foundation is proud to be a partner of EdExploreSRQ and help bring experiential learning to life for young learners from all walks of life in our community.
The Community Foundation has committed $1,000,000 over ten years for explorations.
The Community Foundation has committed $1,000,000 over ten years for explorations, particularly for our community’s most vulnerable students.
Additionally, the Community Foundation and The Patterson Foundation created the EdExploreSRQ Endowment Fund to further increase awareness and funding. The Patterson Foundation provided matching funds into the endowment of $3.5 million, matching dollar for dollar the Community Foundation's $1,000,000 investment as well as a 2:1 match for $1,250,000 in donations received from individual donors.
EdExploreSRQ for Current Explorations Fund
For the EdExploreSRQ Program to support educational experiences for students of all ages at local schools.
For more information on ways to donate, contact us at 941-955-3000 or email@example.com.