Volunteer Update

Dear Volunteer Family,

Today, I write you from my home in North Port. Sitting here in our home office, I wonder where you all are and hoping that you are all safe and healthy. In this time of hardship, it is together that we find a path forward.

At this time, the Venice Institute for Performing Arts is working diligently to ensure that we can reopen our doors when the coast is clear. In the meantime, I have decided to write you all each week to both keep you up to date, as well, I am hoping to bring a moment of happiness to your days.

This is an unprecedented moment in our history, it is a time to come together and spread a chain of positivity and gratitude. In these emails, I hope to include some fun games (feel free to print them out!), interesting videos, and much more. I hope you will all join in the fun!

Let there be art, theatre, and inspiration in your day.


Sterling Jasa-Phillips

Theatre Word of the Week


1. a pause or break.
This is only intermission.

VIP Artspiration

Life is full of adventure, of danger, and beauty. I started my photography “career” when I was a young child, and continued on in college earning a degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in fine art photography. My goal then – and now –  is to show the world a different perspective. When looking through a lens, things look differently. We all have our own lenses: either taught or learned, conscious or subconscious. In photography we can dig through the layers that people see every day and see something just a bit more fragile.

This is honestly the first image I found in the 3000+ images that were taken while abroad. Angelo and I had the opportunity to explore a 50,000 square foot butterfly conservatory, with over 300,000 butterflies inside (thats like 6 butterflies per square foot, if you were doing the math…). What I saw, and what Angelo saw was different.

What do you see?

-Sterling Jasa-Phillips

This set design, for Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” seems particularly ept to me at this time. The white outline and shape reference that of a book, reminding us that we all have a story to tell. The story of this period of our lives is reflected in the story of Godot- the narrative that we are waiting for what is next, that even when their is no story arc we are still here, we are still seen. This isn’t a piece I’ve connected to in the past as much as been curious about the lack of “traditional” plot elements- beyond that I found the idea of a story without any real story meaningless. Now, stuck at home for an undefined amount of time, I take solace in stories like these- in the fact that the story of staying still and waiting is not new, but one that has been told throughout time.

See Washington Post Article: A rock. A road. A tree. How set designers for 20th century’s most famous play change it up.

-Becca Eldredge

VIP Arts Co-Worker Corner