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

Watch for the 2016-2017 Left Bank Art Fest Schedule to be posted soon.

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 nine exciting shows. Watch this site for the new artist application form, coming soon!

Click Here For Registration Form


The 2016

Winter Film Series

was a success this season. Watch for the new movie picks for 2016-2017

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

MIFA Membership Form


Brushes and Paint

Art Show and Sale

New shows are being planned for the 2016-17 season!

If you are a budding artist or a pro, the Brushes & Paint shows are a great venue to show and sell you artwork. Watch for the fall sign-up schedule.

MIFA Artists

Artists: If you are an artist and member of MIFA and would like a link to your website on this page, please email:

Carolyn Burger

R. Clark Lindberg

Betty Newman

Malenda Trick

Karen Swanker

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.

JRobert Houghtaling
"Artist of the Year"

Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts recognizes a local artist as 'Artist of the Year.' JRobert Houghtaling has been named 2016 'Artist of the Year,' and will be recognized during the Scholarship/Artist of the Year Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 21, at the Fellowship Hall at Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island.

JRobert is a musician, composer, songwriter and producer. He often volunteers to play during special events on Marco Island and Naples. JRobert has been providing over 15 years of singing, playing acoustic and electric guitars, violin and steel drum. Most recently he played for Marco Island's 50th Anniversary Gala, Goodland Arts Alliance's Annual Harbor Arts and Music Festival and the CulturalCarnivale sponsored by the Cultural Alliance of Marco Island and Goodland.

JRobert writes his own original music and lyrics, usually about Florida, Marco Island and the islands. His music reflects musical insights into the Florida way of life. And his enthusiasm tells you that he loves to perform.

Scholarships will also be awarded to local students who will be majoring in an area of the arts during the luncheon. The public is invited to attend this special event. Guests will enjoy a wonderful lunch provided by Stonewalls Restaurant, meet the scholarship winners and the honoree. Don't be surprised if JRobert shares some of his music during the luncheon.

To reserve your spot, send a check to Carolyn Burger, 282 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island, FL 34145. Enclose your email address. Cost is $20 per person. Space is limited. Information, 239-389-0280.


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, literary 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 - Pictured below are last year's Scholarship Winners. This years winners (to be announced soon) will be honored at a Scholarship Luncheon to be held May 21st at the Methodist Church on Marco Island.

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 Thirteenth Season

The Foundation for the Arts had a busy and successful season this year.  We just held our annual recognition luncheon on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 honoring Tara O’Neill as ‘Artist of the Year’ and awarded four local students with $1,000 scholarships who will be studying an area of the arts next year.  These included Tyler MacDonald, Livia Lenhoff, Joseph Byrne and Ted Schimek. We wish these students the very best in the coming school year.  

2015 Scholarship winners Ted Schimek, Livia Lenhoff, and Joseph Byrne. (Not pictured, Tyler MacDonald.)

To apply for a scholarship click here for information. 

We also held our annual meeting on May 14th and had five new local individuals join our board of directors. We are excited to welcome Florie Enders, Joy Lynn, Clark Lindberg, Ginny Lovett and Clara Avila as new board members and look forward to working with them.  Other board members continuing to serve as board directors include Carolyn Burger, President, Karen Swanker, Vice-President, Allie Ellis, Secretary, Sandi Johnson, Treasurer, Claire Keery, Jim Johnson, Lindy Kowalczyk, Priscilla MacDonald, Veronica McNally, Malenda Trick and Marilyn Wirth.  With a total of sixteen board directors, we will continue to bring the literary, visual and performing arts to the Marco Island community through a variety of events.

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.

 MIFA Board of Directors Officers pictured: Vice President Karen Swanker, President Carolyn Burger (2015 Artist of the Year Tara O'Neill), Treasurer Sandi Johnson and Secretary Allie Ellis.

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