The Arts Mean Business!

WOW! The City of Fort Myers is an Arts powerhouse.

Did you know? Nonprofit arts and culture in Fort Myers generates

  • $49.7 million in annual economic activity
  • 1,389 full-time equivalent jobs
  • $6.7 million in local and state government revenue.

That's more than TWICE other cities of the same size. Our community's support for the arts is a win for everyone!

In Lee County as a whole the numbers are even bigger:

  • $140.1 million in annual economic activity
  • 3,875 full-time equivalent jobs
  • $18.8 million in local and state government revenues

Data from the just-published Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) study -- the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States. AEP5 was spearheaded by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

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Put Technology In Your Corner

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“I don’t have time for it”

Sure all this new technology is sometimes a challenge. And we “don’t have time for it”. But really the financial rewards of keeping up are impressive.

There are many products and services that can make the business side of selling your artwork a little less complicated and a lot more productive:

  • Consider enlisting a friend to use their smart phone and record an informal video of yourself as you work? Or make a “selfie”. The creation of a piece of work and the story behind it can be compelling – especially when the artist narrates it! Upload the video to your YouTube page and then embed it in your web page to share. Post it on Facebook too. Send it to art festivals to add to their Facebook page.
  • Keep a current email list of your patrons and use Constant Contact, Mail Chimp or others to quickly and easily keep those buyers and potential buyers informed of your show schedule and latest creations.
  • Have an iPad or tablet mounted in your booth with a video about you and your work. It’s all about the visual in getting patrons interested in making that purchase! That iPad could also allow attendees to update your email list. And you can use it with a Square or similar to process credit cards.
  • Did you know that Crowdfunding is a way to raise money, on line, to pursue your latest idea? That is another way that technology is helping creators to reach patrons and there are a number of web sites dedicated to this process!
  • Use a Square of similar as a credit card reader with your smart phone or iPad. Instant processing and email collection. And the info posts directly to your QuickBooks or other financial software. It’s all about saving your valuable time.
  • If you don’t already have a Facebook page, create one and “chat” there about your work and where you’re exhibiting.  Square up the images of your work that you are posting, for the best impact, and build a carousel of several pieces in one post.  Set up a Store Page on Facebook for potential customers’ shopping ease. Consider ”boosting” a post to a specific zip code (your next show location, perhaps) to reach the art lovers where you’re heading next. “Like” your friends, patrons & art festival Facebook pages to increase your reach.
  • Are you updating your web site on a regular basis? Your gallery page is the perfect vehicle for intriguing a browsing patron into attending your next festival or making an on-line sale.
  • As you travel, take advantage of your smart phone to Google such things as best gas prices, weather forecasts and best routes (not while driving, please).

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SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday and Sunday, February 2 & 3, 2019
10 am - 5 pm
On the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers

Opening Night: Friday, February 1 • 6 - 9 pm

Phone: 239-768-3602

Email: info@artfestfortmyers.com

WOW! The City of Fort Myers is an Arts powerhouse.

Did you know? Nonprofit arts and culture in Fort Myers generates $49.7 million in annual economic activity ... 1,389 full-time equivalent jobs ... and much more.