SRQ MEDIA Announces ProjecTHINK and KidsFest, February 10, 2018

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Local catalyst SRQ MEDIA is pleased to announce the launch of two collaborative community initiatives, ProjecTHINK and the KidsFest: Hands-On Creativity Festival. Launched from SRQ’s Springboard Engagement Center, both events are produced in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and CareerSource Suncoast and engage Sarasota and Manatee families, educators and organizations serving local children.

“Engaging with our community to recognize existing resources and to develop new opportunities for the family started as a personal journey with my two young children,” says CEO/President of SRQ MEDIA Lisl Liang. “What I learned is that our region represents incredible thought leadership in education and lifelong learning. These experiences inspired us to cultivate programming that would convene this topic in a meaningful way cross-silo and to invest in bringing the hands-on movement to life in a day-long festival in February.”

The ProjecTHINK takes place at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library on the campus of the Ringling College of Art and Design the morning of Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 8:30am to Noon. This year-round initiative cultivates inspiration and insight by bringing families, educators, students and creative thinkers together for collaborative discussions on the changing strategies of innovation in learning throughout our lives. Kicking off with the professional half-day conference this spring, ProjecTHINK works with partners in the region to push the boundaries of this impactful topic to spark new a-ha’s.

KidsFest: The Hands-On Creativity Festival takes place at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library on the campus of the Ringling College of Art and Design on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 11:30am to 4pm. Children and their families will participate in curated experiences provided by Ringling College of Art and Design faculty and local professionals that expose them to creativity, the arts, technology, complex problem solving and collaboration. Focused on the art and science of learning, this initiative features immersive content in the annual magazine RocketKids, thoughtful year-round programming and hands-on activities that provide memorable experiences for children and their parents.


Join us this February 10, 2018 for an invigorating morning of innovative thinking and interactive collaboration at SRQ MEDIA’S ProjecTHINK CONFERENCE hosted by the Ringling College of Art and Design at their award-winning Alfred R. Goldstein Library in Sarasota, Florida. ProjecTHINK is the ultimate exploration into the world of innovation and creativity in learning. Designed for educators, professionals and anyone interested in thinking outside of the box, ProjecTHINK will challenge perceptions and jumpstart creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning. How is learning adaptive? What are the new perspectives on engaging minds creatively at every age? How can organizations cultivate innovation and creativity to solve challenges?

Opening presentations will feature President of Ringling College of Art and Design Larry Thompson and President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County Jennifer Vigne; the keynote presentation will be provided by Nathan Schwagler, Co-Director of The Dali’s Innovation Lab in St. Petersburg, FL.

Thank you to founding partners Ringling College of Art and Design, Education Foundation of Sarasota County and CareerSource Suncoast.

ProjecTHINK opens with 8:45am registration at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library.  The event will take place is from 9:15am-Noon. Keep the post-conference conversation going at Lunch on the Lawn featuring local food trucks. Tickets are online at SRQPROJECTHINK.COM.

SRQ KidsFest: Hands-On Creativity Festival

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SRQ KidsFest is a vibrant, hands-on family festival cultivating creativity, crafts, arts and innovation. Launched as the brainchild of SRQ MEDIA President and CEO Lisl Liang as an experiential mosh-up of learning pathways, SRQ KidsFest deconstructs the whole mind ecosystem of creativity by curating an afternoon where curiosity, open-ended play, arts and design reign supreme. SRQ KidsFest is an experience designed to connect parents and kids with hands-on learning experiences, local engagement resources and opportunities in our region with a day teeming with exploration designed to deliver fun “a-ha” moments for the whole family.

In one afternoon program, SRQKidsFest will capture the power of imagination with interactive experiences with workshop such as bookmaking, musical instruments, collaborative sculpture, technology and science, storytelling, architecture, arts and crafts and a variety of magical experiences designed to stir creativity. Parents will be able to peruse booths showcasing local programming, education and family services available from educational organizations to parenting resources, camps to sports and creative theater to engineering.

Parents and kids can meet in between and after each workshop/lecture to enjoy a variety of experiences including tours of exhibitions at Ringling College of Art and Design Galleries, food trucks and live music. Registration starts at 11:30am and the event runs from 12pm-4pm.  Tickets are online at SRQKIDSFEST.COM.

For more information please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Madeline Crotts at or 941-365-7702 x221.

ProjecTHINK and SRQ KidsFest: Powered by SRQ MEDIA’s SPRINGBOARD Engagement Center.


Share Your Story—SRQ Magazine’s Tribute to Business, January 2018

Join us in recognizing the power of local business by sharing your story in SRQ Magazine’s annual Tribute to Business New Year’s 2018 edition.

From anniversaries to new business expansion, SRQ’s dedicated content marketing team works with you to position your story with our influential readers. It’s a smart way to launch your new business, celebrate an anniversary, announce business expansion, share philanthropic efforts and recognize your team for a successful year! You’ll find rates that are perfect for businesses looking to maximize budget; and, each booking includes a photo session at SRQ’s studios in Downtown Sarasota.

SRQ Magazine’s Content Marketing Division engages you with our readers powerfully in print and strategically online.

Contact Associate Publisher Ashley Ryan Cannon at 941-365-7702 x211 or to reserve your photo session today. Space Closing: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

SRQ MAGAZINE—Live Local. Love Local |  Sarasota and Bradenton

10th Annual Best of SRQ Local Reader’s Competition is Officially Open!


The 10th annual “Best of SRQ Local” Readers’ Competition is officially open! It is time to sound the alarm, rally the troops, take to social media and VOTE for your favorite Sarasota-Bradenton establishments and causes to be recognized in one of our most popular editions of the year.

Readers can vote on local eats, shopping, arts, luminaries and hotspots culminating in the compendium published in the April 2018 edition of SRQ Magazine. We hope you’ll share your favorite local experiences—from top taco in town, most memorable on-stage productions to best place to paddle board. 

Tell us where you go after a long day when only the Best Happy Hour will do. When you are in need of a little R&R, where do you go for the best salon, best massage and best yoga studio? When you are looking for that perfect pair of pumps to sport out on the town, where’s the Best Shoe Boutique? When you’re redecorating and you know just who to turn for the perfect period piece, we need to know the name of the Best Interior Designer. Parents, we’re counting on you to name the Best Local Children’s MenuBest Private School and Best Children’s Attraction in our community. Foodies, you know the drill. We’re looking for the Best New RestaurantBest Local Barbecue, and so much more. For all of you spaghetti lovers, we want to know who serves the Best Pasta in town. But we aren’t just looking for food connoisseurs. We want to know who you trust to care for your furry friend with the Best Local Veterinarian. Maybe you’re meeting a client for for lunch and 18 holes – even better! We’re looking for the Best Golf Course, too.

This year, SRQ will be handing out the Locavore Legacy Award to winners who have dominated the #1 position in their category for 5+ years. Finalists who have been recognized in their category every year of the decade-long competition will earn the title of Über Local Champion. 

Only locally owned establishments may be nominated for the “Best of SRQ Local” Readers’ Competition. Yes, we know there’s a line that wraps around the building at the Midtown Plaza Starbucks, but their coffee doesn’t count—it must be local.

Rock the vote and honor the local businesses that make up our eclectic community. Polls are now open. Encourage your family and friends to vote in this for the people competition brought to you by the people that deliver vibrant local content each month in SRQ Magazine!

The polls are open through February 12, 2018. All winners will be announced in the April 2018 edition of SRQ Magazine.

Good luck and may the very best locals win!




Nominations are now open for SRQ Magazine’s Inaugural LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR Competition! We are searching for passionate and purposeful local entrepreneurs who you believe have forged a successful company in the Sarasota and Bradenton region with astute corporate drive, a heart for giving back, a talent for engineering innovation and indelible leadership qualities. The entrepreneur you nominate should have an active for-profit business located in Sarasota or Manatee County and may represent any sector of business, from restaurants to tech companies, from manufacturers to boutiques and from furniture stores to building contractors.

New this year, the LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR program celebrates the courageous and intrepid visionaries who make our region one of the best places to start and run a successful small business. We will showcase all nominees and finalists in the February 2018 edition of SRQ | The Magazine.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, November 20, 2017 by midnight. Nominations are anonymous. 
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 11am-1pm; The Francis Ballroom, Sarasota
Debuting at the SB2 Regional Economy Luncheon
Registration at 11:00am. Luncheon, Program and Awards 11:30-1pm
Reserve Table Sponsorships and Tickets Online.
Thank you for helping us recognize and celebrate the impact local entrepreneurs are making on our region.
Nominate someone today!

IN YOUR MAILBOX: SRQ’s November Chic Modern Homes Issue is Here!


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Its finally starting to feel like fall and with that comes SRQ Magazine’s November 2017 issue, all about aspirational living, so sit back, relax and let us take you inside the some of the area’s most spectacular homes, buildings and sporting events along the Gulf Coast.

November Features

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Minimalist Modern: Outside meets inside seamlessly in architect Dale Parks’ Collins Residence, where glass features create an airiness that connects the structure to the exterior environment.

Siesta Sleek: Inside an already lauded tower, designed by an iconic Sarasota architect, the Donnelly Condo is an interior renovation that merges beloved history with brand-new beauty.

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World Rowing Championships: 921 rowers, 369 boats and thousands of friends and family from 69 countries around the world— all focused on the glistening 2,180 meters of still blue water at Nathan Benderson Park for the return of the World Rowing Championships. Once a pasture, then a sandpit and now one of the premier rowing destinations in the world, Nathan Benderson Park transformed into an Olympic-style athletic village for the nine-day international competition, bringing world-class competitors to sandy, sunny Sarasota in search of excellence, gold medals and that elusive perfect stroke.

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Building of the Year Awards: SRQ Magazine proudly presents Building of the Year, a competition celebrating the new commercial, mixed-use and public buildings enhancing the skyline along the Gulfcoast. Judged on design concept, function and usage, integrity of design, creativity and features, we recognize the stunning structures that garnered this year’s top awards.

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SRQIST- Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown 

  • New CFAS Exec: Tammy Hauser has spent a lifetime woking in the arts, founding Blue Sky Thinking to consult and provide administration for cultural institutions locally and around the country. Now, she heads up the Center for Architecture Sarasota, celebrating the beautiful physical environment in a community that helped drive the modern movement. We spoke with the new CFAS executive director about her own foundation.
  • Natural Palette: For floral artist Bruno Duarte, Mother Earth is a canvas and medium all in one.
  • East Main’s Next Reel: Regal upgrade is the first big move for BBC Main.
  • Dear Millennials: How taking phone pics of old buildings keeps Millennials in love with the Gulf Coast.
  • Ferry Tale Landing: A catamaran could connect Sarasota Bayfront, Bradenton Riverwalk and Anna Maria.

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CULTURE CITY- Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Artsheet

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CARGO- The GoodS, Retail Therapy, Book Brand, NicNacs, Nest

  • Warm Metals: Embrace the modern lines and classic look of copper and its offspring alloys.
  • Tactile Tiles: Tiles of varying relief add depth and movement to one-dimensional surfaces.
  • Vintage Bulbs: Timeless filament bulbs honor the old with new adaptations and applications.
  • Going Atomic: Interest grows in Greenbriar’s Mid-Century Mod homes.
  • Antiques from the Orient: Jadeite wonder from the other side of the world.
  • Book It: Experience the culture of the Renaissance alongside the adversities of the Floridian frontier with these selections, both of which will take readers to the past.

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FORAGE- At the Table, Crumbs, Restaurants, 5 Ingredients, Pantry, Foodie Life

  • Not Your Average Spin Off: Bravo Coastal Bar and Kitchen may steal some thunder from its established parent restaurants, but Sarasotans are better for it.
  • Jennings Downtown Provisions: Jennings Downtown Provisions presents the total package.
  • Zen and Art of Noodles: Follow the Japanese tradition of mindful action comes richly flavored noodle bowls from State Street’s hidden gem of a chef, Nori.
  • Sour Suds: More than a year in the making, Calusa Brewing’s Wildest Dreams Sour Ale make it worth the wait.

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RECONNOITER- Collaborative Dialogue, Dispatches, Case Study, Agenda, Rattlebag

Get swept away by the incredible thins enhancing the skyline, shoreline and even the finish line along the Gulf Coast and pick up your copy of SRQ’s November issue today!

-The SRQ team

Click here to access the pages of the November SRQ digital edition.






















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Building of the Year is Here and We Have the Trophies to Prove It!


The November edition has made its grand debut, and with it comes SRQ Magazine’s, 2nd Annual Building of the Year Competition! As part of the celebration for this noteworthy competition, we hosted the finalists and contributors at SRQ Studios for an awards ceremony recognizing their achievements and distributed the very first copies of the November edition to the public.


Representatives from ARCOS, 2017 Building of the Year Reader’s Choice winner at the BOTY awards ceremony. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


“Each year, this competition recognizes some of the most amazing local talent in design and construction along the Gulf Coast. And since our magazine is devoted to living local, it is only fitting that we celebrate and showcase some of the region’s most jaw-dropping structures,” said Wes Roberts, Executive Publisher of SRQ Magazine.


Guests of the 2nd Annual Building of the Year Competition await the announcement of the winners. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


The 2017 Building of the Year competition delivered some of the most stunning examples of architecture, construction and design that we have ever seen. And we are thrilled to introduce the categories that highlight these major projects in a big way.

  • Residential Building / Complex
  • Commercial Building, includes Hotels
  • Mixed-Use Building
  • Public Building / Public Space
  • 2017 Reader’s Choice

Each entry requires a concept statement that describes the project and often includes challenges that were presented and overcome along the way. Others indicate the inspiration, owner’s preferences and materials used to bring the project to life. Each project is gorgeously showcased through photography that highlights its incredible features and draws our readers in.


Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects accepts the Platinum award for his project, INFINITY. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


The SRQ Building of the Year panel of judges review the submissions and score each project based on innovation, function, architecture, aesthetics, place-making and livability to name the Building of the Year Platinum, Gold and Silver award recipients to be featured in the November edition of SRQ. 


Dean Thompson and his team accept the Platinum award for their project, Eilling Eide Center. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

And without further ado, announcing . . . this year’s Building of the Year award winners!

Residential Building/Complex
Platinum: DSDG Architects | INFINITY
Framework Group, LLC & Forge Capital Partners | ARCOS]

Commercial Building, Including Hotels
Platinum: The Schimberg Group, Inc. | Beach House Waterfront Restaurant Deck
Gold: Fawley Bryant Architecture | IMG Academy Performance and Sports Center
Silver: Sarasota Memorial Health Care System | Sarasota Memorial Rehabilitation Pavilion

Mixed-Use Building
Platinum: Dean Thompson, Inc. | Eilling Eide Center
Gold: HOYT Architects | The Mark
Silver: HOYT Architects | SANSARA

Public Building/Public Space
Platinum: Fawley Bryant Architecture | Nathan Benderson Park Finish Tower
Gold: Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. | Ringling College of Art and Design Alfred R. Goldstein Library
Silver: DeAngelis Diamond AND Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System | Sarasota Memorial Hospital Jean & Alfred Goldstein Health Center

2017 Reader’s Choice 
Platinum: Framework Group, LLC & Forge Capital Partners | ARCOS


Representatives from Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Systems accept their two awards for the Rehabilitation Pavilion and the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Health Center. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


Special thanks again to our 2017 Building of the Year judges and to Sarasota Trophy for providing us with this last night’s awards.

To view a gallery of photos from the Building of the Year awards ceremony, Click Here. And to view the amazing buildings and survey the incredible talent of the architects, builders and design companies in Sarasota and Bradenton, pick up your copy of the November edition of SRQ today!


Steve Padgett, Stu Henderson and their Fawley Byrant Architecture team anxiously await the announcement of the 2017 Building of the Year Award winners. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


We will be back together this spring celebrating winners for the Home of the Year Annual Competition showcasing incredible residential spaces in the region—so be sure to share the call for entries, which closes on December 8th. Click here for the official entry packet.

Don’t miss the launch of SRQ Magazines 2017-2018 SB2 Luncheon Series with SB2: Philanthropic Agenda on Thursday, November 30th at The Francis featuring some of the area’s top philanthropic minds discussing trends in the regional giving agenda. Tickets are on sale at SRQSB2.COM.


Join Us: Tickets SB2 Luncheon | Philanthropic Agenda, November 30


SRQ is pleased to announce that the SB2 Symposia Series has moved to lunchtime. Although many die-hard SB2 fans loved getting up at the crack of dawn for SB2’s signature compelling dialogue and content (not to mention the bacon) we want to share the conversation with an expanded audience and provide for a longer luncheon deep-dive into important conversations affecting both Sarasota and Bradenton.

Join SRQ Media for the kick off of the 2017-2018 SB2 Luncheon Symposia series with SB2: Philanthropic Agenda on Thursday November, 30 2017 from 11:00am-1:00pm at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. Local foundation experts will explore the dynamic and ever-changing world of the independent sector and state of philanthropy in our region. What’s trending, who’s innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? Don’t miss this deep-dive exploration into the factors influencing philanthropy on the Giving Coast.

Guest Panelists include: Carol Butera, Executive Director of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation; John Annis, Senior Vice President of Community Investment for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Mark Prichett, President and CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Martha Wells, Former President of the Southwest Florida Association of Fundraising Professionals; Monica Van Buskirk, President and CEO of the Van Wezel Foundation.

Tickets are $45/per person, which includes a mouth-watering plated lunch provided by The Francis. Reserve your spot online at SRQSB2.COM

.We hope to see you at the “New SB2”!