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    Director's Welcome

    Welcome to The Ringling

    Summertime is considered by some to be the off-season for Sarasota, a time for us all to seek cooler climates, and enjoy a respite from the hustle and bustle of spring. I assure you, this is not the case for The Ringling. Our summer months continue to grow in attendance as more and more visitors and residents embrace the weather, beautiful beaches, and The Ringling’s galleries.

    This summer, The Fabric of India opens in July in the Searing Wing of the Museum of Art. This important exhibition, the first from the Victoria and Albert Museum to travel to The Ringling, amazes with exquisite objects, a fascinating history, and the beautiful tradition of Indian fabric.  
    In August, we will present Sun Xun: Time Spy in the Chao Center for Asian Art. The contemporary Chinese artist combines traditional printmaking techniques with 3D video technology to create an audio-visual experience that is at once haunting, delightful, and beautifully strange.

    Summer for parents can mean a challenge to find activities for kids, but with a variety of free Family Programs it is easy to plan for creative and enriching activities week after week at The Ringling. Our Bolger Playspace is open every day and is a great place to bring your children or grandchildren for creative play.

    A membership to The Ringling is meaningful in different ways for different people, whether it is a passion for art, the story of John and Mable and their beloved Ca’ d’Zan, or the rich tradition of circus in our community. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to inspire all who pass through our historic Gatehouse entrance.

    Steven High
    Executive Director

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