Sarasota’s “Big Five” Art Organizations

For many who come to Saraso­ta for a weekend, week or season­long stay, the white sands and turquoise waters of the may be the primary draws.

But also treasures its reputation as Florida’s cultural capital, with theater, visual art, opera, ballet and classical music available for top-caliber enter­tainment after a day at the beach or on the water.

Sarasota’s “big five” arts orga­nizations – the John and Mable of Art, , Sara­sota Ballet, Sara­sota Orchestra and – each work in their own way, and sometimes collective­ly, to let tourists know there’s more to do here than pick up shells.