Unity Through Art

Unity Through Art

The Barancik Foundation believes that the arts’ humanizing influence is educationally critical and socially essential. Especially important for low-income families, art exposes them to a variety of cultural and artistic influences, offering an opportunity to reflect and find a sense of peace and identity not possible in the chaos of everyday life. The cumulative effect is higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, and lower poverty rates. That’s why we strive to make the arts more accessible and inclusive, and encourage families of all backgrounds to participate.


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Changing Lives on the Theatre Stage

A partnership uses imagination to help youth find their voice.

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Lights dim, a sun rises, and The Lion King comes to life on stage. But beyond awesome costumes, music and choreography, the musical brings a better feature to wow a young female audience member—Girl power!

With strengthened narratives and voices of women, Van Wezel’s Education Team identified a chance for students to explore self-identity when Broadway’s adaption of one of Disney’s greatest hits came to town. Barancik Foundation pounced on a once-in-a-showtime opportunity for Girls Inc. members to explore the musical’s themes, artistry and representation of female characters.

During Spring Break, a $28,120 grant enabled trained teaching artists to bring the production of The Lion King into the Girls Inc. classrooms. Through art, music and dance, students dove into the script to learn about character development, build confidence and find their voice.

To strengthen the opportunity, a generational component was added to engage the students’ families. Students performed for their parents and siblings at a special dinner to show them what they learned. The finale of the program was wrapped up with a live performance of the musical at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and a behind-the-scenes meet and greet with the cast.

Seeing a powerful role model on stage can have a transformative effect on a young girl’s life. Now when Nala sings “always remember your pride,” no words will speak more directly to the members of Girls Inc.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art offers programs designed specifically for low-income families, but the children who could benefit most from such experiences are the least likely to receive them. Aided by partnership with the Barancik Foundation and an investment of $175,000 over four years, The Ringling WEB: Where Everyone Belongs initiative will engage Sarasota’s disadvantaged families.

The museum will work with other nonprofits to identify and refer families to the program, and help close achievement gaps by empowering parents to use the museum to create language-rich environments for their children to practice critical thinking. By making the museum a place where families feel welcome, young learners from all backgrounds will develop tools they’ll use in school and in life. Some of these families will also receive free memberships to encourage return visitation to the museum.

Imagine a world without the art of Salvador Dali. That may have been the case if his family had not been able to afford his studies at a prestigious arts academy, where he first dabbled in the surreal. In 2018, the Barancik Foundation wanted to ensure potential masterpieces of tomorrow would not disappear today.

Creatives from across every corner of the world dream to deepen their knowledge of art at the Ringling College of Art + Design. However, at a small school of only 1,400 students, enrollment comes with an unattainable price tag for students from low-income families. Historically, some of the most talented young adults have to abandon their artistic potential for more economically-feasible pursuits at other colleges, especially first-generation college students.

With the belief in the power of philanthropy to change lives, and knowing that nothing changes lives more than education, Barancik Foundation established a Ringling College Masterpiece Scholarship with a $1,000,000 gift in the summer of 2018.

The college will award a Barancik Masterpiece Scholarship every four years to provide full tuition to a student identified as a game changer in her or his medium who also demonstrates significant financial need.

We are proud to announce Matthew Lupo, Motion Design 2018, is our first Barancik Masterpiece Scholar. View his work and learn more about him here:  https://mattlupo.tv/About

Grants & Initiatives

A grant of $28,120 to Van Wezel Foundation to support MAIN (Making Artistic and Inspired Narratives) project. Through a collaboration with Girls Inc., teaching artists will lead the girls on an exploration of concepts, themes and characters in the musical The Lion King. The project will culminate with an evening dinner for participants and their families and attendance of a live performance of The Lion King at the Van Wezel.

Asolo Repertory Theatre: $200,000 to support the organization’s sustainability through a permanent endowment; $100,000 to support the Theatre’s 2017-18 artistic season; and, $20,000 to support the organization’s mission and efforts to leverage funds at its gala.

Ravinia Festival Association: $50,000 to support the 2017 summer Ravinia Music Festival. The festival presents 140 different events on its 36-acre park and is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Sarasota Orchestra: $15,000 to provide financial scholarships to students in the Sarasota Youth Orchestra.

The Sarasota Ballet: $50,000 for the organization’s 2017-18 artistic season. An additional grant for $10,000 was approved to support the organization’s mission and efforts to leverage funds at its gala.

Sarasota Opera: $10,000 to support the Opera’s 2017-18 artistic season.

A $100,000 grant to Florida Studio Theater for youth scholarships.

West Coast Black Theatre Troupe: $4,000 through the Board Engagement Program to support the Theatre’s 2017-18 MainStage Season.

Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization: $100,000 over two years to create a master redevelopment plan for 42 acres of Sarasota Bayfront property owned by the City of Sarasota.

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training: $60,000 over three years to support a joint production between Asolo Conservatory and Selby Gardens to introduce live outdoor theater to audiences for the first time. This performance also provides student actors with excellent training in an outdoor venue.

Asolo Repertory Theatre: $15,000 to support the strategic growth of its children and family programming. In summer 2017, the theatre will perform “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” Grant funds will pay for tickets for children at the Newtown Park Boys & Girls Club. Funds will also provide a commemorative age-appropriate book and healthy snack for the children. A $2,000 grant was also awarded through the Board Engagement Program to support “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.”

Asolo Rep’s summer production reaches families and youth during a season when limited family-friendly theatre productions are offered. The organization received $30,000 over two years to help underserved populations experience the arts and attend the theatre in the summer.

Designing Women’s Boutique: $2,500 to support the organization’s fundraising efforts at its Enchanted Evening event.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art: $10,000 to support the museum’s artistic and operational efforts.

Sarasota Orchestra: $55,000 to support the organization’s 2017-18 artistic season. An additional $2,000 grant was awarded to support the organization’s fundraising efforts at its 2017 gala.