Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) October 02, 2012
Dr. Larry R. Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design, received the 2012 Boundary Crosser Leadership Award last Thursday for his community building efforts at the SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence) Annual Celebration.
Previous Boundary Crossers Dan Bailey (2009), Diane McFarlin (2011) and Pam Truitt (2010) joined more than 350 Sarasota County people in recognizing Dr. Thompson for ‘connecting people across boundaries that traditionally divide community’. As citizen leaders, Boundary Crossers demonstrate that each of us has the capacity to build community by connecting others.
“Boundary Crossers are individuals who build community by connecting people across boundaries that traditionally divide community,” said Roxanne Joffe, SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence) board chair. “As citizen leaders, Boundary Crossers demonstrate that each of us has the capacity to build community by connecting others.”
Dr. Thompson has blurred the lines between art and business as well as art and community by transforming the real-world impact and perception of arts and design in higher education while connecting smart business with creativity and innovation. Under his leadership, Ringling College of Art and Design has crossed geographic boundary lines and is recognized as an outstanding institution of higher learning both nationally and internationally.
This year’s event theme was “Community Engagement Convention” with each SCOPE initiative spokesperson ‘endorsing ’ Dr. Thompson as the candidate of choice to cheers and applause. Grace Carlson represented the Aging with Dignity and Independence initiative, Nancy Schlossberg, the Institute for the Ages initiative, John McCarthy, the Community Data Initiative and Colleen McGue, the Resident Neighborhood Changemakers Initiative. The HuB directed and produced a short, humorous film about Dr. Thompson.
Joffe spoke to SCOPE itself crossing new boundaries as it enters its 12th year. A strong transition team led by Trish McConnell and John McCarthy is in place while SCOPE hires a new CEO to replace Tim Dutton, who after 12 years is pursuing other passions. The Board of Directors will launch an Engagement Campaign in the fall that will begin as conversations with key partners in the community and later expand to include community groups and citizens. The campaign will share updates on SCOPE’s current community building work and inquire about community concerns and future collaborative opportunities.
For more information, visit SCOPE’s NEW website – http://www.scopexcel.org.
SCOPE is a community engagement organization in Sarasota County with a mission to connect and inspire citizens to create a better community. SCOPE partners with residents on initiatives for a better community.