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Call for Proposals: Ringling Symposium WONDER: Human Experience and the Arts

Published October 30, 2023

Everyone wonders. But where does wonder come from? Let’s gather to explore how the arts can evoke wonder in our lives.

In early June of 2024, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida will host a symposium to consider the importance of wonder in the arts and beyond. This three-day gathering brings together unique voices from academic and artistic communities in a multi-faceted exploration of wonder. The Ringling is a site ripe with the wonderful, with the visual arts, circus history, and performing arts integrated across a lush, tropical landscape. This symposium will both explore the concept of wonder and leave participants inspired through shared wonder-filled experiences.

Proposals for guided sessions of active engagement with wonder are welcome. Sessions should encourage accessible experiences of wonder through exploration of place, making of art, interactions with others, or guided self-discovery.

To learn more and submit a proposal please use this link:

Submit proposals online at by 11:59 PM EST, November 1, 2023.