The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA)
Promoting the visual, literary and performing arts in public places in Marco Island
Calendar of Events
Here it comes! The new 2015-2016 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 nine exciting shows. Watch this site for the new artist application form, coming soon!
2016 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
Brushes and Paint shows are Back in 2016!
If you are a budding artist or a pro, the Brushes & Paint shows are a great venue to show and sell you artwork. All shows will be held at Mackle Park during a concert that attracts 100's of people. Click the link below for details.
MIFA Artists - Coming soon - a link showing the artwork of members of MIFA. If you are a member and would like you artwork added to the page - please contact
Karen Swanker at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Tara O'Neill "Artist of the Year"
The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) has named local artist, writer and educator, Tara O’Neill, 2015 Artist of the Year. Noted for her vivid oil paintings, Tara exhibits her work in many local shows and public installations. She is represented by Blue Mangrove Gallery in Marco Town Center.
Tara is being honored for her outstanding column in the Coastal Breeze entitled ‘The Artful Life’ in which she focuses on the arts and their importance in our community. Tara also teaches art to adults and children at the Marco Island Center for the Arts.
Tara is a founding member and President of the Goodland Arts Alliance (GAA) nonprofit organization. Now in its 3rd year, GAA is working with Collier County to restore and preserve historic fishing cottages in Goodland FL for future use as art studios. MIFA applauds Tara for her leadership and service to the GAA.
Tara is an exemplary professional in her field, who is constantly working to foster the arts and improve the world around her. Full of enthusiasm for the arts and local art projects, Tara inspires others to help make our slice of Paradise one where the arts are prized and valued. Please join us at this special luncheon to honor her.
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 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.
Scholarship winners Ted Schimek, Livia Lenhoff, and Joseph Byrne. (Not pictured, Tyler MacDonald.)
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 (Artist Tara O'Neill), Treasurer Sandi Johnson and Secretary Allie Ellis.
PO Box 1091, Marco Island, FL 34146 | 239-389-0280