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.

Artist Entry Form


2016 Winter film Series

Watch for next year's Film Series. Infor will be available on this site.


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


Call to Artists: Special show at the Marco Island Historical Museum!

Click this link for entry form

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.

A special luncheon will be held to honor Tara O’Neill on Saturday May 23rd at 11:30am at the Wesley United Methodist Church in their Fellowship Hall. The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts will also be presenting scholarships at this luncheon to local students who intend to study the arts at the college level.

Tickets are $20 per person for the luncheon, which will be catered by Stonewalls. You may reserve your spot at the luncheon by sending a check to the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, Inc., c/o Carolyn Burger, President, at 282 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island FL 34145. Please include the names of your guests in the memo line on your check. Space is limited, so please send your check early to ensure a seat at this special luncheon.

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.

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 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

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 was 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.


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