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
Here it comes! The new 2014-2015 season of events on Marco Island will be here before we know it!
Our Popular Left Bank Art Fests at the Esplanade will Be Back!
If you want to be part of the popular Left Bank ArtFest this season, be sure to sign up now. This art and craft outdoor art show, held at the beautiful Esplanade at 740 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL, brings outstanding artists and craftsmen to Marco Island one Sunday each month starting in October and continuing until April. Visitors and residents of Marco Island love this art show and look forward to it each season. Kudos go to Priscilla MacDonald and her son, Tyler MacDonald, who have arranged for eight exciting shows.
2015 Winter film Series
Membership Renewals are Due October 1st!
Please download this membership form and send it with your check to:
PO Box 1091
Marco Island FL 34145
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 2015-6 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.
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!
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 NESTING SITE
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.
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).
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.
We invite you to join us. We welcome new ideas from members and volunteers.
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 Our Twelfth Season
The Foundation for the Arts, an all volunteer organization, is beginning its twelfth year of bringing the arts to Marco Island. And this year we are working with other organizations to bring some unique art events that you will love besides our regular outdoor art shows and movie series.
If you enjoy learning about the history of our beautiful island, you will love the coming art show called “Painting SW Florida History”. Thirty artists from Collier and Lee Counties are creating paintings of historical sites and the pioneers that first came and settled here. They built the first roads, developed local businesses, created schools and dealt with the mosquitoes. It was a hard life, no doubt. Plan to come to the opening reception of this art show which will be held at the Marco Island Historical Museum on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at 5:00pm. We will have a grand kickoff of the art show which will be at the museum until March 21st.
We also joined with the Center for the Arts to create a unique event called “Art-Not for the Birds” where we will celebrate our feathery friends on Sunday, March 8th, 2015. Live birds, a painting demonstration, a silent auction and a live auction of bird paintings are planned as well as a great meal. We have been planning this exciting event for months to make sure our guests will have a great time. Be sure to save the date – March 8th, 2015. Tickets will be available soon.
Last spring, our board of directors decided to sponsor Malenda Trick’s “From Sea to Shining Sea” Veterans’ Day Project with a $3,000 grant. Malenda has been painting this 18 ft. long double-sided mural during the summer at Marco Island’s Historical Museum. It has been exciting to watch her create this amazing tribute to our veterans who risked their lives to keep us free.
This mural will be unveiled on Veterans’ Day, November 11th, 2014, another date you don’t want to miss.
For more information on how you can get involved with the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, click on the link above for a membership brochure, or call Carolyn Burger, President, at 239-389-0280. We need volunteers so that we can continue to bring outstanding literary, visual and performing arts events to Marco Island. You don’t need to be an artist to join. We are looking for individuals who love the arts and want to see that these types of events continue on our beautiful island.
Brushes & Paint Outdoor Art Show
This unique art show is returning and if you are a painter, you will love it! Designed for painters who want an easy setup, there are no white tents in this show. The locations are chosen so that the artists’ displays are in the shade or inside. And the entry fee is kept low. Painters are encouraged to paint during the show because visitors love to watch us paint and it also gives artists an opportunity to create during the sho
This year we have two shows planned at Mackle Park on Sunday, January 25th and Saturday, February 14th.
And there are four shows scheduled on Saturdays at Marco Walk Plaza, 599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Dates include December 6, 2014; January 3, February 28, and March 28, 2015. Artists will display their work in the two hallways leading into the fountain area, beginning at noon. Marco Walk Plaza has many popular restaurants, stores, a movie theater and an ice cream show.
PO Box 1091, Marco Island, FL 34146 | 239-389-0280