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.