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Grant and Partnership Will Enhance Ringling's Lifelong Learning

Posted on February 21, 2018
Grant and Partnership Will Enhance Ringling's Lifelong Learning

Editor’s Note: Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy is now the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College, or OLLI at Ringling College. Passionate to support the strengthening of a Community for All Ages, Age-Friendly Sarasota was present to celebrate the national partnership and its capacity to create additional opportunities to meet the lifelong learning needs of our Sarasota-Manatee area residents. This article was originally published in the Herald-Tribune on January 14.

The Bernard Osher Foundation, a San Francisco-based philanthropic organization, has chosen Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy to be part of the national network of lifelong learning institutes that it supports.

As part of the affiliation, RCLLA will be renamed the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College, or OLLI at Ringling College, and the foundation has awarded the program a $100,000 grant to further its community engagement efforts. Janna Overstreet, RCLLA’s executive director, said that RCLLA will be eligible to apply to the Osher Foundation for a $1 million endowment grant.

“Joining the consortium of Osher Institutes opens the door to a world of possibilities,” said Overstreet. “We’ve built a robust program over the past 20 years. This national recognition is a remarkable testament to the quality of our instructors and programs and will provide additional opportunities to meet the lifelong learning needs of area residents. The Osher Foundation’s support will allow us to reach out to even more people in the Sarasota-Manatee region who want to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons and enrich their lives through lifelong learning.”

“As part of the network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, we can take our community outreach to a whole new level,” said Larry Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design. “We can participate in a national conversation about the importance of lifelong learning with our colleagues from similar programs at Brandeis, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, Vanderbilt and other esteemed universities. The exchange of ideas about learning-in-retirement programs will enrich the experience of the Academy’s more than 3,500 members. It’s truly a boon to both the Academy and the Sarasota/Manatee community.”

In 2019, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College will make its permanent home at the Ringling College Museum Campus.


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