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Ringling College of Art and Design Becomes Home to Newest Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

With funding from The Bernard Osher Foundation, the Ringling College of Art and Design Lifelong Learning Academy program has become the newest Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  Located in Sarasota, Florida, the Lifelong Learning Academy brings expertise providing older adults in the Sarasota area with an extensive array of educational opportunities, shared interest groups and social activities.  With the addition of Ringling’s program to the national Osher Institute network, the Osher Foundation now supports 121 lifelong learning programs on university and college campuses across the country, with at least one grantee in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

OLLI at Ringling College operates under the auspices of their college of Continuing Studies. “As part of the network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, we can take our community outreach to a whole new level,” says current Ringling College of Art and Design president, Dr. Larry Thompson. “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, currently under development and construction.

Janna Overstreet, executive director of the Osher Institute at Ringling College, is thrilled to be part of the national Osher network. “Joining the consortium of Osher Institutes opens the door to a world of possibilities,” says 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. We’re looking forward to this exciting new chapter!”

“We are delighted to support Ringling College’s exceptional program and warmly welcome its vibrant learning community to the national Osher Institute network,” said Osher Foundation president, Mary Bitterman. “We look forward to the continuing contributions that it will certainly make to the field of lifelong learning and trust that it will benefit from meaningful exchanges of information and ideas with Osher Institute colleagues on 121 campuses from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska.”

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