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
We're working on what films to show...if you have any ideas, let us know!
NEW! "Painting Southwest Florida History" show
Marco Island Foundation for the Arts along with the Marco Island Historical Museum are excited to offer a show celebrating the rich history of southwest Florida’s Collier County. The show is open to all artists interested in submitting a themed work of art to this show. The show will run from Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 to Saturday, March 21st, 2015. A private viewing for artists and their guests will be on Tuesday, January 6th from 3pm-5pm followed by an open reception for the public from 5:30pm - 7:00pm.
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. 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).
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!
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.
Last season The Foundation for the Arts introduced a new outdoor art show called ‘Brushes & Paint’ which featured local painters and their original pieces of art. Come and meet the painters as they paint and create during the show. There were four ‘Brushes & Paint’ Outdoor Art Shows this season at various locations. The shows were wildly popular with artists and art-lovers alike. So plans are in the works to do these shows again in the coming seasom. Watch the press for details coming soon!
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
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PO Box 1091, Marco Island, FL 34146 | 239-389-0280