Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative Receives Masala Giving Circle Grant for “Art in Black” Initiative


Michèle Des Verney Redwine, the founder of the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC), announced that the non-profit organization recently received a $10,000 grant from the Masala Giving Circle for its “Art in Black” initiative. According to Redwine, the program was created to help students of color at Booker Middle and High Schools explore their creative talents. The program includes visits by artists to schools and exhibitions of student works.

“Since the organization’s inception in 2018, Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative has been instrumental in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in educational institutions in the Sarasota-Manatee area” , says Redwine. “The overarching goal is to spark greater interest in art among artists of African descent and engage our school systems in proactive ways to work with students from underrepresented communities. ‘Art in Black ‘ was created to spread this level of interest, advocacy and education to the next generation in our public school systems. Because of Masala Giving Circle’s confidence in our work, we will continue to build a stronger community of “students of color to engage in the arts and demonstrate their creative talents. We are humbled and honored to be chosen for this generous grant.”

Masala Giving Circle’s vision is to enhance culturally vibrant and thriving African American/Black communities. Its mission is to promote economic and personal empowerment through financial support for programs and initiatives that benefit African American/Black communities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. For more information, visit

For more information about the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, visit

Photo caption: (Left to right): Dr. Caryl J. Sheffield, President, Masala Giving Circle; Michele D. Redwine, Executive Director, Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative; Dr. Francine Brown, Board Secretary, Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative.

About Masala Donation Group

Masala Giving Circle is a philanthropically-minded group of African-American women with a shared passion for giving back, helping others, and creating positive change in communities of color in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Visit

About the Suncoast Black Arts Collaboration

Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative was established in 2018 to promote greater exposure of Black artists and their work through advocacy, education and collaboration. Visit

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