About ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc.

ArtFest Fort Myers is best known for its annual juried fine art festival, which nurtures the artistic and cultural environment of our entire community.

On the first weekend in February 95,000 people come to the riverfront in downtown Fort Myers and enjoy the special opportunities the festival provides:

ArtFest Fort Myers also supports arts in education through art education and outreach programs.

As a not-for-profit organization, ArtFest Fort Myers relies on support from grants, sponsorships, artist and food vendor entry fees, beverage sales, and festival T-shirt and poster sales to fund the art festival and outreach programs.

We are also committed to the best practices in the art festival business. We belong to International Festival & Events Association, Florida Festival & Events Association as well as our local Chamber and Alliance for the Arts. The annual Festival & Events Association Conventions, behind-the-scene trips to events, frequent calls with festival directors throughout the country and local trainings keep us up-to-date for best practices and innovative ideas.

ArtFest Supports the Community

ArtFest Fort Myers is committed to supporting the community that supports us.

Our Executive Director, Cindy Lerick, joined ArtFest Fort Myers in August 2021. As Executive Director, Cindy is responsible for the festival’s overall creation, forward-thinking & creative planning, staff management and national reputation. Cindy is well-known in the art festival community as Executive Director or Co-Producer of:

  • Saint Louis Art Festival
  • Uptown Art Festival
  • Sausalito Art Festival
  • Fort Worth Art Festival

She also has active roles with:

  • International Festival & Events Association as a Board member 2005 to present & 2015 Board Chair & 2013 Foundation Board Chair; Certified Festival & Event Executive and Manager of the Certified Festival & Event Executive Program (CFEE) – inspiring 100’s of festival staff members worldwide.
  • National Association of Independent Artists (NAIA) Board Member
  • Zapplication consultant representing 2 of the 8 art festivals in the development of the online application/jury platform.
  • Convention Speaker and Co-host in too many places to list
  • Master of Arts – Falmouth University, United Kingdom

As one of our community’s most popular, well-known, and respected arts organizations, we are ever-aware of our responsibility to be involved in the success of art & culture throughout the area. We are members or attendees and supporters of all the arts organizations in Lee County.

Contact: Cindy.Lerick@ArtFestFortMyers.com

Sharon McAllister was the Founder of ArtFest Fort Myers in 2001 and was the art festival’s Executive Director for 21 years. In August 2021 she began a new role as Diversity & Strategy Director. Her focus is the creation of: forward-looking Strategic Plan; sustainable Diversity-Inclusion-Equity Plan and Board Development. She will remain a member of the Board of Directors.

Contact: Sharon.McAllister@ArtFestFortMyers.com

Award-Winning Programs

2019 Florida Festival & Events Association

  • Best Green Program (We Are Overflowing) – GOLD
  • Best T-shirt – GOLD
  • Best Commemorative Poster – SILVER
  • Best Promotional Item (Tote Bag) – SILVER

2019 International Festival & Events Association

  • Best Program to Benefit a Cause (We Are Overflowing) – GOLD

2018 Florida Festival & Events Association

  • Most Innovative Project State of Florida (GABI – ChatBot)
  • Best T-shirt – GOLD
  • Best Commemorative Poster – SILVER

2018 International Festival & Events Association

  • Most Innovative Marketing International (GABI – ChatBot)

2017  Nothing Entered to either Association

2016 International Festival & Events Association

  • Best Event (within an Existing Festival) – VIP Experience – GOLD
  • Best Event (program within an Event to Benefit a Cause) – Cookies for Carts Lee Health – GOLD
  • Best Single New Sponsorship Opportunity – Allure Luxury Condominiums – SILVER
  • Best Sponsorship Program for Individual Sponsor – Suncoast Credit Union & Art Under 20 Competition – BRONZE

2016 Florida Festival & Events Association

  • Best Sponsor Program – Suncoast Credit Union & Art Under 20 Competition – GOLD
  • Best Event Recap/Annual Report – GOLD
  • Best T-shirt Design – GOLD
  • Best Social Media Campaign – SILVER
  • Best Program/Event Guide – SILVER
  • Best Commemorative Poster – SILVER

2015 International Festival & Events Association

  • Best Ad Series – Publix Run To The Arts – GOLD
  • Best Single New Sponsorship Opportunity – Copa Di Vino– GOLD
  • Best Event (within an Existing Festival) – Publix Run To The Arts – GOLD
  • Best Sponsor Partner – Publix Super Markets – SILVER
  • Best Single New Sponsorship Opportunity – CenturyLink – SILVER
  • Best Single New Sponsorship Opportunity – CenturyLink – SILVER

2015 Florida Festival & Events Association

  • Best Sponsor Program – Publix Run To The Arts & Publix Art Yard – GOLD
  • Best Website – GOLD
  • Best Printed Material – Publix Run To The Arts – BRONZE

2014 International Festival & Events Association

  • Best Event within an Event to benefit a cause
  • Best Sponsorship to benefit the sponsor
  • Best T-shirt Design
  • Best Ad Series
  • Best On-Site Decor

2014 Florida Festival & Events Association

  • Best Website
  • Best T-shirt Design
  • Best Brochure

2013 International Festival & Events Association

  • Gold Pinnacle Best New Targeted Sponsorship (Truly Nolen Pest Control)
  • Gold Pinnacle Best Event within an Event  (Pedal or Paddle Lee Memorial)
  • Gold Pinnacle Best Printed Material (TravelHost Magazine Special Section)
  • Gold Pinnacle Best Newspaper Insert (Florida Weekly)
  • Gold Pinnacle Best T-shirt Design

2013 Florida Festivals and Events Association Awards

  • Best Printed Materials
  • Best Event with-in an Event
  • Best T-shirt design

2016 Chrysalis Award Winner for Cultural Achievement

2010 Chrysalis Award Winner for Sales & Marketing

Appreciation & Outstanding Support Award 2009 for Art Education Funding to Lee County Schools

Alliance for the Arts Award: Arts Organization Leader of the Year 2006 — Sharon McAllister

Florida Festivals and Events Association Awards

  • Best Press Communications, 2004 – 2009
  • Artistic Excellence for Graphic Design Work, 2007
  • Best Community Partnership, 2007
  • Best Sponsorship Package, 2006
Staff

Sharon McAllister
Executive Director
sharon.mcallister@artfestfortmyers.com

Erin Jackson
Community Engagement Manager
erin.jackson@artfestfortmyers.com

Megan Tramonte
Production Manager
megan.tramonte@artfestfortmyers.com

Mission

ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts and cultural corporation whose mission is exclusively:

The creation of public access to a broad array of visual art; nurturing the development and understanding of diverse art forms; supporting arts in education and encouraging the appreciation of the arts in Southwest Florida.

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2020 Gold Awards:
Crisis Communication Plan,
Green Program,
Social Media Advertising Campaign
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Gold Award:
Best Program to Benefit a Cause
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#1 Favorite Small Town Art Fairs
200 Best Logo 2020
RANKED #22 in the nation

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2022!

Saturday and Sunday, February 5 & 6, 2022
Opening Night Friday, February 4
On the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers

Phone: 239-768-3602

Email: info@artfestfortmyers.com