Art Education

ArtFest Fort Myers provides a wide range of art education opportunities for children and teens. Did you know that art education …

  • Strengthens both the imagination and critical thinking — and refines cognitive and creative skills.
  • Develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal setting — skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
  • Nurtures important values: team-building skills, respecting alternative viewpoints, and appreciating different cultures and traditions.
Art Under 20, High School Exhibit & Competition

Presenting Sponsor: Suncoast Credit Union

Art Under 20 is a visual art exhibit and competition for Lee County high school students, who exhibit their work at ArtFest Fort Myers as they compete for $6,500 in cash awards.

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Chalk Block

Enjoy watching teams from Lee County High Schools and professional chalk street painting artists create beautiful drawings — not on canvas but on the pavement. For most students this is their first time painting with chalk on the ground. You’ll be amazed at their talent.

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Art Supply Grants

To support the arts in Lee County elementary schools, ArtFest Fort Myers makes Art Supply Grants totaling $2,000 to $3,000 each year, all from the sale of festival T-shirts. When you buy a T-shirt at the Festival — or from our online store — you’re showing your support for our young people!

Here’s what the grants do for Lee County kids …

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STARS Complex Art Club

ArtFest Fort Myers is proud to support the STARS Complex by creating an after-school and summer Art Club for children to learn about and create art. 175 at-risk youth per year participate in the Art Clubs creating over 2,100 art projects.

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Visiting Artists

The Visiting Artist Program is a wonderful opportunity for ArtFest Fort Myers artists to share their talents, abilities and love of the arts with young people in our community. Festival artists work in a Lee County Middle School art classroom for one day, either before or after the Festival.

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


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

Phone: 239-768-3602