“The Arts Mean Business”

Did you know that Lee County’s non-profit arts organizations create 2,038 full-time jobs and $68 million in economic activity? (That’s more than the Red Sox and Twins combined!)

Those are some of the eye-opening numbers in “Arts & Economic Prosperity IV,” just released by Americans for the Arts in partnership with Lee County Alliance for the Arts.

It’s true! “The arts mean business.”

The findings from Arts & Economic Prosperity IV send a clear and welcome message: leaders who care about community and economic vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts.
~ Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, American for the Arts

Click here to download the full report (PDF).

Matthew Hatala Wins First Place Award


Matthew Hatala, an extraordinary wood artist, took home the “First Place 3D Award” at ArtFest Fort Myers 2016 – his first time participating with us!  His beautifully crafted forms are composed mostly of wood that he sources from all over the world. Using a lathe and hand tools, each piece is loved and finished to unique perfection. We hope you had a chance to meet him and enjoy his work.

Be a pARTner – Volunteer with Us

ArtFest Fort Myers, Southwest Florida’s premier fine art festival, is looking for volunteers who want a rewarding and exciting opportunity to “peek behind the scenes” of a great community event. “Volunteers are a key part of the success of ArtFest Fort Myers and we are always looking for eager and energetic people to have fun with us, ” explain Ethel Willis and Evelyn Murphy, Volunteer Team Coordinators. “Each volunteer works a four hour shift and can choose to help with the professional artists, sell commemorative shirts and posters, assist in the children’s Art Yard, welcome our VIP’s, get our 5K Publix Run to the Arts off to a great start or select one of dozens of other volunteer assignments. We encourage our volunteers to pick an area that they are interested in and there is no experience required. We provide the training and, thanks to our Volunteer Sponsor, Lee County Electric Cooperative, every volunteer receives a beautiful festival t-shirt to wear!”

Signing up to volunteer over ArtFest Fort Myers weekend – February 5, 6 & 7 – is as simple as visiting Just go to Volunteer Page to register and choose the available volunteer job that interests you! Your 4-hour volunteer shift truly makes a difference to the community and there is no experience required! The deadline for Volunteer Registration is coming soon, so sign up today!

Volunteer perks include reserved parking, a complimentary ArtFest Fort Myers Volunteer T-shirt, a chance to enjoy wonderful artists from across the country and to meet other great volunteers from our community!

Plan now to join ArtFest Fort Myers in the downtown Fort Myers River District as we make art come to life on February 5, 6 & 7, 2016. Enjoy the experience with 215 artists from across the county and around the world; the largest high school art exhibit and competition in south Florida and free interactive art experiences for children of all ages.

For more information visit or call 239-768-3602 – Like Us on Facebook  – Connect with us on Linkedin – Tag us #artfestfm