Alliance for the Arts has become a refuge for local arts organizations that suffered damage from Hurricane Ian.
It is well documented that Fort Myers Beach suffered catastrophic damages. The Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery lost the brick and mortar that stood for over 50 years. Star Sherwood, President, reached out to the Alliance asking for studio space for displaced artists to work. They are now just one of the growing number of art organizations the Alliance for the Arts is hosting.
“We are actively listening to the needs of our artistic community here in Southwest Florida and responding with solutions to help us all recover from this natural disaster as quickly as we can,” said Executive Director, Molly Deckart. “The arts, and the Alliance, will continue to serve as an important part of the healing process.”
As part of the relief efforts, Nice Guys Production is hosting a SWFL Strong Benefit Concert at the Alliance for the Arts on November 18, starting at 2:00 pm. For more details, please click here: #SWFLStrong Benefit Concert or email email@example.com.
The Fort Myers YMCA has been hosting day camps for children currently out of school. To offer those children a change of scenery, the Alliance hosted an art class on campus as well as a gallery tour guided by the current artist on display, Ian Summers.
Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) is utilizing Alliance classrooms for their drawing, theater and painting courses. FSW’s Digital Art program is also utilizing studio space through the end of the semester.
Florida Repertory Theatre has moved their showings of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill to the Alliance’s Foulds Theatre daily until October 29th. Tickets are available on their website, FloridaRep.org, or at the door of 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers.
Theatre – The Piano Lesson is rescheduled for April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30PM and Sunday April 30 at 2PM, ticket holders have been emailed.
Classes – Emails have been sent regarding cancellations and rescheduling.
Events – Rocky Horror Picture Show has been rescheduled to November 12th. Other event updates to come.
The Alliance for the Arts fared well. Preparations were taken to minimize damage to technology, supplies and ensure the safety of the artwork on display.
The Alliance’s campus has sustained damage; including the ArtsPark sculptures, Amphitheatre, landscaping, roof, and windows.
The Alliance will remain closed through October 10th, to allow our staff to deal with the impact of the storm and to clean up the grounds. We are working diligently with our City and County government to determine how we can best be of assistance for relief efforts for our community in this time of crisis.
The October Exhibition featuring Joan Sonnenberg will be rescheduled for December. Theatre performances of Aladdin and The Piano Lesson will be rescheduled to a later date. We are in the process of evaluating the safety of our artists and instructors. Classes will resume as soon as possible. Events schedules are being evaluated and postponements will be on our website and social media channels.
The Alliance will continue to serve our community and look forward to seeing you all again. Fort Myers is strong and resilient! For the most up to date information, check our website at artinlee.org.
The Alliance for the Arts will be closed until further notice. If you are signed up for a class or have tickets to Aladdin, you will receive an email with updates when available. You may also refer to this page for updates.
The Alliance for the Arts will be closed on Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28th. If you are signed up for a class between 9/27-9/30, please check your email.