A Celebration of Teacher Impact

Teacher Artifacts of Worth Exhibit


The Education Foundation of Sarasota County champions teachers and their unique power to change the lives of young learners. We are excited to partner with the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design and Education Foundation board member and 2018 Sarasota County Schools Teacher of the Year Es Swihart to develop a community exhibit, going on display in August 2024, that highlights artifacts of gratitude that students give their teachers.

The exhibit at the historic Sarasota Art Museum will engage the community in celebrating the impact our teachers have on the lives of students. It will feature artifacts such as letters, artwork, pictures, videos, and student collaborations given to teachers across Sarasota County over the years.

We are so excited to collaborate with the Sarasota Art Museum and Es Swihart—and with you, teachers. Do you keep a box or folder filled with letters, pictures, and other artifacts that students have shared with you over the years to express their gratitude? If you do, please consider participating in this project.

From May 10 to June 30, we’re accepting submissions for the public display at Sarasota Art Museum, online, or both. We’re accepting up to three artifacts per teacher but may display only one in this show. Artifacts can include letters, art, videos, or other objects of appreciation. All artifacts will be handled safely and will be returned after the exhibit closes in January.

To participate, please read the FAQ and fill out the submission form below.

And don’t forget to save the date for the exhibit opening reception Friday, August 9, 5pm.


Top image shows a teacher at her students desks with two students doing a project; bottom image shows a teacher dressed like an astronaut hugging her students.

Want to learn more about this project? Read Es Swihart’s letter about the importance of teacher artifacts.

Ready to submit your artifact?

To get started, please complete and submit this form, and we’ll follow up. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Will my artifact be returned?

YES. After the exhibit closes in January, all items you submitted will be returned through PONY, or they can be picked up at the Education Foundation’s office at the Landings (1960 Landings Blvd #120) and at its community resource center, LaunchPad4U (1413 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236).

Who can submit an artifact?

Current or former teachers in the Sarasota County School District can submit artifacts.

When can I submit an artifact?

The window to submit artifacts begins May 10 and ends June 30 at 5:00 p.m.

What kind of artifacts should I submit?

Student appreciation comes in many forms. You can submit notes, letters, pictures, doodles, art, or videos.

How many artifacts should I submit?

You can submit up to three artifacts; however, we may only display one.

How do I submit an artifact?

Begin by submitting the form above. We will follow up to coordinate receiving the artifact, and you can send it to us through PONY (Landings, Attn: Education Foundation) or drop it off at our office at the Landings (1960 Landings Blvd #120) or our community resource center, LaunchPad4U (1413 Blvd. of the Arts).

Do I need to get permission from identifiable students and individuals who are featured in the artifact?

Yes. We will provide a media release form you would need to have the student sign if their full name or image is visible on the artifact. Download our media release form.

How will my artifact or artifacts be displayed?

During the curation process, some artifacts will be selected for display in the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design. Other items will be represented digitally in an online gallery. We cannot guarantee that your artifact will be displayed at the Sarasota Art Museum, but it will appear online.

What is the Sarasota Art Museum?

The Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design is a contemporary art museum located in the historic Sarasota High School building.

Sarasota Art Museum’s mission and vision: “Sarasota Art Museum is a catalyst for appreciation and understanding of the art of our time. As a platform for education, exposure and experimentation, the Museum inspires new ideas and new ways of being through an endless rotation of transformative, relevant, and pioneering exhibitions and programs designed to elevate and empower all by cultivating discerning visual thinkers and ethical citizens.”

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