“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).

Schwegmann Creates Ceramics with a Twist


Michael Schwegmann is an artist that creates amazingly detailed ceramic representations of common items that reference labor and hands-on activities. He won the 2nd Place 3D Award with these special wheel-thrown and hand-molded pieces at ArtFest Fort Myers 2016! See more at Schwegmannstudios.com

Photographer Garry Seidel Honored at ArtFest


Garry Seidel produces each of his images using traditional film and darkroom printing processes. His photography reflects his life happenings – notably, his experiences with his family in war-torn Berlin, Germany. The judges awarded this stunning insight on life by awarding him the 2nd Place 2D Award at ArtFest Fort Myers 2016!