The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA)

Promoting the visual, literary and performing arts in public places in Marco Island

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Calendar of Events

2013-4 Left Bank Art Fests at the Esplanade

MIFA will sponsor 7 of these popular art shows in the coming season. All on Sundays, the shows run from 10am to 4pm. Dates are: October 27, November 10 and December 8, 2013; and January 12, February 2, March 16 and 30, 2013.

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2014 Winter film Series

Feb 19: "Georgia O"Keefe" 

March 12: "La Traviata"  

March 26: "Michelangelo, Self Portrait"                                 

April 16: "Pollock"

Series tickets are sold out, but individual tickets may be available if there are empty seats. All shows are at 10am at Marco Movies. For more info: call Veronica 389-4852 or Lindy 389-1333.


NEW! Brushes and Paint Juried Outdoor Artist Shows

MIFA is sponsoring 4 shows this coming season: November 22, 2013 at the Marco Island Historical Museum, December 14, at the Esplanade, February 14, 2014 at Mackle Park, and April 11 at the Marco Island Historical Museum.

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Membership Renewals are Due!

Please download this membership form and send it with your check to:


PO Box 1091

Marco Island FL 34145

MIFA Membership Form


Scholarships Available For Marco Island Students Majoring In the Arts

The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is announcing the availability of scholarships for high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in some area of the arts during the 2014-15 school year. In 2007 the non-profit organization began awarding scholarships to Marco Island students who planned to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts. As everyone knows, the cost of a higher education beyond high school continues to rise each year. The Foundation for the Arts wishes to encourage students to pursue their dreams in the arts.

Seniors in high school and students presently in college are eligible to apply for scholarships. Applications are also available on the Collier County Schools list of available scholarships. Completed applications must be returned no later than April 30, 2014 for the student to be considered for the scholarship. Students or their parents are welcome to call Carolyn Burger, President, for more information at 389-0280.

Each year the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts presents a variety of events to enhance the cultural lives of area residents and visitors. Monies raised from these events enable the Foundation for the Arts to provide scholarships to help students complete a college education in the arts.

Selected students will be honored at a luncheon in late spring. Watch for more information as details become available. MIFA 2014 Scholarship application 

Meet Your MIFA Board:

MIFA Board Members pictured include Marilyn Wirth, Jim Johnson, Sandi Johnson, Lindy Kowalczyk, Karen Swanker, Carolyn Burger, Veronica McNally and Malenda Trick.

The Eagles Have Landed!
MIFA and MICA are bringing the "Double Eagles" to Marco
This magnificent bronze sculpture, a pair of Eagles, wings unfurled, golden beaks engaged in conversation stands over 7 feet tall, is almost 6 feet wide and weighs in at over 600 pounds. Could they be fighting? Could they be courting? Decide for yourself.
The quality and craftsmanship of this piece are unparalleled, with beautiful, subtle patinas worthy of these symbols of our nation. It will endure our salt air and give pleasure to residents for many years to come. MIFA & MICA will permanently place The Double Eagle Sculpture in front of MICA’s Sarazen Park, located on Collier Blvd across from the South Beach access, to remain on permanent public display. 
The unveiling will be Monday March 24th, 2014 at noon.
The theme of double eagles is appropriate for this park which honors golf legend Gene Sarazen, who was the first to shoot a “double eagle” during a masters’ tournament. The Boards of Directors of MICA and MIFA enthusiastically agreed to place this sculpture at this location and provide temporary funding of $30,000 for acquisition and installation.
The Double Eagles are appropriate for Marco Island which is also home to Paleo and Calusa, the resident pair of Eagles that inhabit the Eagle Sanctuary on Marco Island. They are one of only a few pair in South Florida.
The Double Eagles, as a patriotic symbol for our country are also appropriate for our island as a tribute to the many veterans that call Marco home. They have earned our honor, respect, and gratitude.
The next challenge facing our 2 organizations it is to accept donations from members and the community at large to fund the sculpture and provide future funding for its maintenance. Several fundraising events are being planned. Watch for announcements in the local press. 
One of these events will be a performance by an Eagles Tribute Band at MICA's Residents' Beach on Sunday, March 23rd at 6pm. MIFA volunteers will be on hand to receive your donation to help pay for the Double Eagle statue. If you're a MICA Member, come on down to the beach and enjoy the show.
Here’s how you can help:
Your tax-deductible* donations in any amount are being gratefully accepted. Contributions over $500 will be memorialized on a plaque to be placed at a later date. Please make out your check to the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts and drop it off or mail it to the MICA office (1770 San Marco Rd, #204, Marco Island FL 34145). Please note on your check that this is for The Eagles, or click the "Donate" button below.

*MIFA is a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3). Donations may be tax deductible (consult your tax advisor).

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The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. Incorporated in 2003, MIFA is a growing organization with nearly 100 members, a volunteer board of directors and an honorary committee of advisors.

Our mission is to support the visual, listerary and performing arts in public places in Marco Island. We believe that the arts are a catalyst in bringing people together, and help to create a sense of community.

Through public arts events we hope to engage people, to stir their imaginations, and inspire dialogue about the meaning of art.

The arts help us shape our community, celebrate history, and encourage pride of place.

Join Us

We invite you to join us. We welcome new ideas from members and volunteers.

Contact us here.

Our Work

We work together to make our promote the arts, and to reach out to other groups who share our vision. Whether you’re ready to lend a hand at one of our activities or have photos or articles to share about a recent event, here’s the place to do it!

President's Letter

Welcome to all those who are returning to our island every day.  We have been planning and preparing a number of outdoor art shows for your enjoyment. The first Left Bank ArtFest Outdoor Art Show of the season was held at the Esplanade on Sunday, Oct. 27th.  Be sure to come and enjoy the arts and crafts presented by outstanding artists and craftsmen at the beautiful Esplanade, 740 N. Barfield from 10 – 4.  Left Bank ArtFests will be at the Esplanade one Sunday a month as we did last year. The Left Bank ArtFest Outdoor Art Show dates include Oct. 27th, Nov. 10th, Dec., 8th, 2013; Jan. 12th, Feb. 2nd, March 16th, and March 30th, 2014.

The Foundation for the Arts will also be introducing a new outdoor art show called ‘Brushes & Paint’ which will highlight local painters and their original pieces of art.  Come and meet the painters as they paint and create during the show.  It will be a great opportunity to pick up a beautiful painting by a local artist, or perhaps you want to commission an artist to paint a special subject.  There will be four ‘Brushes & Paint’ Outdoor Art Shows this season at the following locations:

November 22 – Marco Island Historical Museum, 10 -4

December 14 – Esplanade, 740 N. Collier, 10 – 4

February 14 – Mackle Park, 11 – 4

April 11 – Marco Island Historical Museum, 10 – 4

Our non-profit organization is always working to provide special art events for the community’s enjoyment.  We are all volunteers who love the arts, and invite you to work with us.  Our monthly meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 at the Lutgert Insurance Office located at the Esplanade.  If you would like more information about how you can get involved, please call me at 389-0280.  We continue to look for new ideas.  We need you.   ~Carolyn Burger, MIFA President


PO Box 1091, Marco Island, FL 34146 | 239-389-0280