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Forty Carrots Partnership

 

As part of its goal to meaningfully engage visitors ages five and under, The Ringling currently partners with Forty Carrots Family Center in Sarasota to provide art activities to young children at local libraries.

Forty Carrots is an organization founded in 1993 to provide area families with supportive tools to positively impact childhood learning and long-term development. Forty Carrots’ Partners in Play program, which offers free early childhood classes that promote play, literacy, creativity and emotional and cognitive development, takes place at every library in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Angelica Bradley, The Ringling’s Youth and Family Program Manager, facilitates child-led art activities at five of these classes per week. Her primary goal is material and sensory exploration, which she encourages through open-ended projects that have no pre-established end product. Instead, these process-based activities encourage children to experiment and discover—values Bradley encourages in all her programs, both on and off The Ringling’s campus.

For more information on this partnership, please contact Angelica Bradley at (941) 359-5700 ext. 3707 or angelica.bradley@ringling.org. For more information on Forty Carrots Family Center, please visit their website at http://www.fortycarrots.com/

 

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