Sarasota Rising Sets the Stage for The Living Arts Festival with "An Evening With..." Featuring Broadway Icon Andrea McArdle

SARASOTA,FLORIDA (December 4, 2023) —Sarasota Rising, a dynamic arts organization dedicated to fostering creativity and cultural engagement, proudly announces its inaugural event, "AnEvening With...," held at the Art Ovation Hotel in the heart of Sarasota.The evening was graced by the presence of Broadway's first Annie, the incomparable Andrea McArdle.


This exclusive event showcased the timeless talent of Andrea McArdle, captivating the audience with her iconic performances and sharing behind-the-scenes stories from her illustrious Broadway career. Joining Andrea on stage making her debut wasBridgette who played the part of Andrea’s sidekick dog, Sandy. Bridgette is from Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue who has been a close partner of SarasotaRising. Attendees were treated to an intimate experience with one of the industry's true luminaries, leaving a lasting impression on the Sarasota arts community.


The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the official poster for Sarasota Rising's upcoming Living Arts Festival. The stunning artwork, a visual testament to the organization's commitment to artistic excellence, added an exciting layer of anticipation for what promises to be a groundbreaking celebration of the arts.


Sarasota Rising Executive Director, Jeffery Kin expressed enthusiasm about the event, stating,"'An Evening With...' marked a significant milestone for Sarasota Rising, bringing together patrons of the arts to celebrate creativity and showcase the incredible talents that define our community."


As the evening concluded, attendees were treated to a thrilling countdown, building anticipation for the forthcoming Living Arts Festival—an immersive celebration set to showcase the diversity and vibrancy of Sarasota's artistic landscape.


Sarasota Rising continues to raise money towards producing the best festival possible. Forthose interested in contributing to their mission, be it monetarily or through volunteerism, please visit their site at


About SarasotaRising:


Created in 2021with the goal of unifying the region’s arts and cultural assets into a powerful beacon, Sarasota Rising is a nonprofit organization whose primary initiative isthe creation and sustainment of a weeklong inter-disciplinary arts festivalcentered on the performing arts that celebrates Sarasota’s rich arts assetswhile leveraging those assets into a catalyst for tourism and economicactivation during a “shoulder” season. Visit to learn more.


About Nate’sHonor Animal Rescue:


Since 2008, we have been dedicated to helping neglected, abandoned, and mistreated dogs and cats in need of loving homes. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization, we are proud to provide a place where homeless cats and dogs can receive the love and care they deserve while they wait to be welcomed into their forever homes. Visit or contact us to learn more about adoption, volunteering, and how you can contribute to Nate's Honor AnimalRescue.