FFTA2The Alliance for the Arts is now accepting applications for Fall for the Arts 2015. This 13th annual free family festival from 10AM-3PM on Saturday, October 17 is a fantastic way for artists and cultural organizations to engage directly with families from across Southwest Florida. Artists can demonstrate their talents and sell their work, and organizations can present their upcoming seasons. Fall for the Arts features live performances throughout the day on the Alliance amphitheater stage, with games, craft stations, face painting and food on the field.

Online registration must be completed by August 10, 2015 to ensure inclusion in event marketing materials. The fee is $50 for Alliance member artists and organizations or $70 for non-members. The fee includes a covered 10’x10’ vendor space, 6’ table and 2 chairs. Click HERE for more information or to register online. Fall for the Arts 2015 is sponsored in part by Publix Supermarket Charities.


DSC_0028Registration for the 2015-16 Education Season opens August 1st. The new season features classes & workshops in drawing & painting, collage, photography, batik, fiber art, mosaics, yoga and much more. Classes geared specifically for youth & teens include drawing & painting, guitar, piano and drums. Click HERE for details on Adult and Teen classes. Click HERE for details on youth classes.

Join the Alliance’s growing community of artists, instructors, students and patrons this fall by taking a class or workshop. Alliance members receive 20% off classes, as well as many other benefits including exhibition opportunities, gift shop & event ticket discounts, and special deals at partner businesses around Southwest Florida. Click HERE to learn more or become a member now.

The Alliance for the Arts will present its annual fundraising extravaganza, “ABSTRACTION” on Saturday, September 26. Celebrate the abstract movement and help support the Alliance’s new effort to reimagine its 10-acre campus as a true cultural hub. The evening will be filled with interactive art, music and intriguing installations. Unique tapas will be provided by Southwest Florida’s finest chefs. Explore and engage your artistic nature and the abstract movement during this art party and celebration. The evening begins at 7PM. Tickets are $100 and are available online now. Event proceeds will go to matching the $50,000 Rauschenberg Foundation Challenge Grant supporting the new Alliance Campus Enrichment Plan.

The evening is proudly sponsored by Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC). Wicked Dolphin Distillery in Cape Coral is providing the signature drink. Our  culinary partners include Caffé Toscano Prawnbroker, Gloria’s la Trattoria Cafe Napoli, and Chef Pyro. Media sponsorship is provided by TOTI Media, Inc. and Happenings Magazine. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

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The Alliance for the Arts is calling its member-artists to submit works following the theme “Dog Days” for an exhibit that will open August 7. Each year the Alliance invites its more than 1000 members to contribute artwork following a different theme for this annual Members Exhibit. Artists are welcome to become a member in order to participate. The opening reception is Friday, August 7 from 5-7PM. The exhibit runs through September 19. Work by graphic artist Sarah Tumm will be featured in the Member Gallery. Artwork by Randy Kashi will be displayed in the Theatre Lobby.

Artwork in all mediums following the theme “Dog Days” will be accepted and should be delivered to the Alliance wired, framed and ready to hang on Monday, August 3 during normal business hours. 3D artwork is welcome and pedestals will be provided if necessary. Entries that have previously been shown at the Alliance will not be accepted. You may become a member in order to participate. Individual Alliance memberships are $50 annually. They offer a variety of valuable benefits including exhibition opportunities, discounted entry fees, 20% off classes & workshops, special monthly discount offers with area businesses, member social events & outings, free open painting studio sessions, and a monthly Book Club. The “Dog Days” exhibit prospectus is available HERE.