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Longboat Key Center For the Arts

A Division of Ringling College of Art and Design

Annual Community Juried Exhibition

March 8 to March 29,2013



By O. M. Braida

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The Opening Reception is on on

Saturday, March 9th 4:30 – 7:00pm
 6860 Longboat Dr S, Longboat Key, FL 34228
RSVP by calling (941) 383-2345

“Longboat Key Center for the Arts celebrates its 60th anniversary.  This year they honor the journey of so many creative individuals who have stewarded and inspired our broader community of arts and culture.

In the early 1950’s, the Longbeach Village was small and “feisty” according to Lora Colvin Whitney’s book “Hail this Feisty Village”. Through the creative imaginings of this small group of individuals, the Longboat Key Art Center was manifested from a donated piece of property and a small rustic building.

The Art Center progressed and grew up in the 1960’s and 70’s establishing an “arts community” on Longboat Key. As the Art Center grew, so did the population of the Village as well as all of Longboat Key. During the 1980’s and 1990’s interest and participation continued to increase. By the end of the 1990’s a site plan was developed and approved by the Town Commissioners to enlarge the campus, expand the offerings to include the performing arts, and to rename the Art Center the “Longboat Key Center for the Arts” in coordination to receive significant funding to begin realizing the potential of the property seen today.

In 2007, the Ringling College of Art and Design assumed full control of LBKCA in order to continue offering cultural and creative programming for the people on Longboat Key and beyond.  Since the merger with Ringling College, Longboat Key Center for the Arts has continued to provide programming that inspires creativity, enhances cultural understanding, and brings together a community of like minded individuals in celebration of the arts staying true to the legacy of the early founders.”

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