The Sarasota Chalk Festival is managed by, and a benefit for, the Avenida de Colores 501c3 nonprofit cultural arts organization that is funded, in part, by our generous sponsors. The nonprofit is an entirely volunteer run organization that along with its sponsors, consists of dedicated volunteers and talented artists and together with the visitors create the ‘awe-inspiring’ event everyone has come to LOVE. Our sponsors give support financially and with in-kind products and services needed to make the festival a success by attracting over 200,000 visitors and over 10MM dollars into our community. Below is a list of our amazing major sponsors for 2013.
The Patterson Foundation
‘Legacy of Valor‘ campaign
With more than 30 partners on board in the four-county region – Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto –the Legacy of Valor campaign has the potential to reach more than 900,000 residents, including thousands of veterans (more than 55,000 in Sarasota alone) and additional visitors during the yearlong series of events and activities that culminate in spring 2014.
These partnerships are creating new realities in the ways our community connects with veterans and encourages everyone to participate by paying it forward – whether through time, talent or treasure.
Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax
Some of the Tourist Development Tax collected from tourists revenues directly fund Sarasota County arts and cultural organizations to offer high quality programming that continues to attract tourists to our area. The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County (formerly Sarasota County Arts Council) administers a little more than one million dollars each year in Tourist Development Cultural/Arts (TDC/A) grants. Grants are available to organizations with recognized ability to produce, present and promote cultural and arts activities that appeal to tourists.
The Observer Group
To inform, inspire, enlighten and entertain with unique, local content; to help our partners prosper; and to lead and inspire our communities.
- Observer Media Group Mission Statement
Formed in 1995 with the acquisition of the Longboat Observer, The Observer Group Inc. has grown into a family-owned and operated multimedia company with five newspapers, three websites, a quarterly arts and social magazine and more than 80 employees serving multiple communities around Florida.
The company’s portfolio of newspapers includes four free community weeklies serving the Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla., market — Sarasota Observer, Longboat Observer, East County Observer and Pelican Press; Palm Coast Observer, a free weekly serving the east coast market of Palm Coast/Flagler County; and Gulf Coast Business Review, a paid-circulation weekly with subscribers extending from Tampa to Naples. The company’s associated websites include YourObserver.com, PalmCoastObserver.com and Review.net. Season magazine is the quarterly arts and social guide. Altogether, the company’s newspapers and websites reach more than 200,000 readers a week.
Kenyon Kowal is a front-end developer, designer and musician soaking up the sun in Sarasota, Florida. He recently left Boston after 5 years where he studied his crafts. He works at atLarge as an Interactive Designer & Front-End Developer making things with Drupal and WordPress. He like to do fun side projects in my spare time like creating the Sarasota Chalk Festival website.
Jeff Bleitz Design
Bleitz is a print and web designer and design educator with html and css tendencies. He has worked at a commercial printer, an advertising agency and a design studio. An Iowa State Cyclone, he worked at a hot little boutique studio in Des Moines for 5 years, cutting his teeth on start-to-finish projects from posters and logos to magazines and annual reports, winning design awards and getting a few projects into some international design publications, before quitting a perfectly good job and heading graduate school in Tucson, Arizona.
Today, the primary focus of his creative energy is his gig as a full time member of the faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design. But he can be persuaded to take on outside projects if the conditions are right – hence he is the head designer for the Sarasota Chalk Festival.
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