The Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida, has announced that it has received donations totaling $400,000 from Charlotte and Charles Perret and Willis Smith Construction. The gifts were made in support of its new performing arts center.
Opening in the fall of 2017, the new Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion will house the Ringling’s growing collection of studio glass and will serve as the formal entrance to the Historic Asolo Theater. It will also provide additional rehearsal and performance space.
Executive director Steven High said, “Thanks to these steadfast and forward-looking philanthropists, and our ongoing partnership with Florida State University, the Ringling will be able to expand and enhance our Art of Performance programming in even more innovative directions.”
Charles Perret said, “Our passion for performing arts aligns wonderfully with the Ringling’s efforts to present and commission original work by emerging and established artists. We are grateful for this opportunity to be part of the heart of arts and culture in Sarasota.”
Willis Smith Construction has been involved with many building projects for the Ringling and has worked on its campus’s infrastructure since 2003.