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The 32nd Annual Future of Art: Student Exhibit features works from students in
elementary, middle and high schools from across Lee County.  

Music returns to the Alliance with an evening of Jazz featuring the Philippe Lemm Trio.
Saturday, April 6 brings a special edition Family ArtLab where the Philippe Lemm Trio
will showcase their instruments. The month wraps with a fundraiser concert featuring
students of FGCU performing the Melodies of Giving concert.  

Don’t forget Mother’s Day is May 12, and we have two opportunities to create handmade
gifts for the women in your life: Family ArtLab and Mother’s Day Make & Take!        

April’s Featured Gallery Exhibit

32nd Annual Future of Art: Student Exhibit  

Our walls are doused in student imagination and talent this month. This is the 32nd year
the Alliance has partnered with Lee Arts Educators Association (LAEA) and the show
features artwork from Lee County elementary, middle and high schools with hundreds
of works in a variety of mediums.  

Elementary & Middle School Exhibit: On Display: April 4-13, 2024  

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 4 from 5 – 7 p.m.  

High School Exhibit: On Display: April 19-27, 2024  

Opening Reception: Friday, April 19 from 5 – 7 p.m. Pizza will be provided by Downtown
House of Pizza. This exhibition is sponsored by Florida Southwestern State College.  

Theatre Lobby Gallery:  

South Fort Myers High School All Access Art: On Display: April 4-13, 2024  

Join us for an extraordinary art show that celebrates the amazing creative talents of students
from the South Fort Myers High School All Access Art program- a collaboration between
the general education students and students with special needs.  

Under the guidance of Kim Bathey, a passionate life skills teacher, and Jeanne Dozier, an
experienced art educator, All Access Art program has created some of the most vibrant art-
works that will leave you spellbound.  

This unique exhibition showcases the incredible talent of these students and their ability to
create art that unites us all with a common purpose-to explore our artistic abilities, regardless
of our background or limitations.  

Digital Lee Student Artwork: On Display: April 19-27, 2024  

Digital Lee showcases both design and technology skills of Lee County’s Career & Technology
Education (CTE) middle school, high school and post-secondary students. This show will feature
Lee County’s Graphic Design, Animation, Publication and Web Design students from each school. 
The goal of our CTE programs and participation in Digital Lee is to provide exposure for the
students of Lee County; thereby spurring career opportunities, scholarship awards, and local
technology involvement that will continue to make Southwest Florida a thriving and culturally
rich community.  

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Music at the Alliance

Jazz Concert ft. the Philippe Lemm Trio  

Friday, April 5, 7 pm • Join us for a special evening of Jazz, featuring the Philippe Lemm
Trio. Comprised of three musicians with exceptional command of their instruments, the
group’s repertoire draws heavily from re-imaginations of jazz standards in a way that both
defies genre and corresponds to any modern jazz fan.  

The trio has performed on stages like: North Sea Jazz Festival, Blue Note Note NYC,
Kennedy Center, Ronnie Scotts, Pori Jazz Festival and Concertgebouw
Philippe Lemm – Drums (center)
Sharik Hasan – Piano (left)
Jeff Koch – Bass (right)  

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Free Family ArtLab: Special Edition featuring the Philippe Lemm Trio  

Saturday, April 6, 11:00 am – Noon • Join us for this very special Family ArtLab, as
we gather for an educational concert by the internationally celebrated Philippe Lemm
Trio. The musicians will talk about each of their instruments, show students how they
work and the parts that make them up, and share a little about each role in the group.
This interactive program will show kids that music is fun, and is something to be
enjoyed all the time!  

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Melodies of Giving ft. FGCU Students  

Saturday, April 27, 2:00 – 4:30 pm • Help support our youth scholarship
programs, with our upcoming concert featuring our FGCU Volunteer singers,
songwriters, and pianists to help support youth accessibility to the arts.   

Doors open at 2:00pm with light refreshments by donation, and a chance to
get to meet the performers! Our goal is to unify our community, in continuation
with our LAEA Exhibition, to show the arts growing from middle, high school,
and college.   

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Youth Theatre at the Alliance
The Storm in the Barn  

April 12-14, 2:00 & 7:30 pm • In 1937 Kansas, 11-year-old Jack Clark faces many
challenges: local bullies, his father’s desperate attempts to keep his family intact, an
older sister getting sicker by the day, and a little sister with an eye for trouble. But he’s
also facing the epic disaster of the Dust Bowl—which means families disappearing
overnight, tempers flaring in his small town, and the steady spread of the mysterious
illness “Dust Dementia.” So can Jack even trust his own eyes when he makes a terrify-
ing discovery in the abandoned barn next door? Is the sinister shadow with a face like
rain—a creature with a plan to deprive humans of water forever—real? This uniquely
American fable uses haunting music and startling imagery to ask: When everyone says
you’re too small to be the hero of any story, where do you find the strength to save your
family … and the world?  

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Wednesday Night Market  

Wednesday, April 10, 5-8:00 pm • Join us under the stars every second Wednesday of the
month from 5 pm to 8 pm for our pop-up Night Market. We feature a selection of art, live
music, food trucks and beer and wine.  

There will be a free family art activity hosted by our own Youth Education Coordinator,
Minna Maillakakis.  

Interested in becoming a vendor? Fill out the vendor application here.  

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Open Mic at Wednesday Night Market  

Wednesday, April 10, 5-8:00 pm • Join us for Open Mic at the Night Market,
celebrating local musicians. Enjoy live performances in a vibrant atmosphere.
Register online to participate. Basic sound system provided. Limited to one
song or 5 minutes per performer. Spread the word and join us for an evening
of talent and community spirit!   Interested in participating? Click here.  

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Razing Liberty Square- A Film Screening  

Wednesday, April 17, 6:00-9:00 pm • Miami is ground-zero for sea-level-rise.
When residents of the historic Liberty Square public housing project learn about
a $300 million revitalization plan for their neighborhood, which has long suffered
from disinvestment, they know that this sudden interest comes from the fact that
their neighborhood is located on the highest-and-driest ground in the city. Now
they must prepare to fight a new form of racial injustice – Climate Gentrification.  

Join fellow film lovers for the exclusive screening of Razing Liberty Square, part
of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers in our Art House Cinema.
Hang out after the screening for an intimate Q&A session with one of the directors/
producers of the film and a surprise moderator from WGCU! Tickets are available
on Eventbrite and $10 for Alliance members and $12 for non-members.  

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Teens and Tweens Process Art Series  

Mondays & Wednesday, April 1 – May 1, 3:00-4:00 pm • In this series,
designed specifically for students in grades 5th-9th, Instructor Tiani Rosado
will lead students through various process art projects. The beautiful art piece
students create will merely be a byproduct of exploration and experimentation.
Students will work on pieces with multiple steps and focus on the making of
the art as well as learning to use new tools and techniques.  

Tweens and Teens Process Art: Sunset Mosaics on Canvas, Tweens and
Teens Process Art: Paper Clip Art, Tweens and Teens Process Art: Dali
Clocks, Tweens and Teens Process Art: Process Painting, Tweens and
Teens Process Art: Aluminum Foil Art, Tweens and Teens Process Art:
Fruit Prints, Tweens and Teens Process Art: Cardboard Pop Art,
Tweens and Teens Process Art: Hole Punch Art, Tweens and Teens
Process Art: Cut-Out Paper Art

Check Out Our Gift Shop  

Tues.-Fri. 9 am-7 pm • Did you know we have a Gift Shop FULL of unique,
one-of-a-kind items crafted by our Alliance Members? Everything from jewelry
and greeting cards to artwork and books! The Gift Shop is open during business
hours, so be sure to swing by and find your next treasure. The Alliance is open
Tuesday-Friday 9 am – 7 pm and Saturday 9 am – 1 pm.  

Check Out Our E-Store → Become a Vendor →  

Art Classes for All Ages and Abilities  

Your creative journey starts with you, so pick your level and don’t stop until you get to
your destination. Upcoming classes include:  


Instructed Life Drawing with Francesco (18+)
3D Character Development
Beginner Bonsai
Painting Portraits with Terry Lynn
Wearable Art & Wine (21+)
Watercolor Painting (16+)
Flash Fiction Challenge Workshop: Breaking Down Writing Barriers
The CHANGE Program: Beginners Acting Class
Paint Your Favorite Pet with Shirley Hales (16+)
Three-Day Batique Techniques Workshop with Muffy Clark
Zentangle for the SeasonsContinuing Belly Dance
Tribal Belly DanceHula Dance (Ages 10+)
Bring Your Own Bonsai Tree Workshop
Fridays with Francesco: Color Studies (18+)
Are You Stuck?Discovering Soulcollage
Members Only Photography Club
Painting with Terry Lynn AM (16+)
Painting with Terry Lynn PM (16+)
Painting Studio with Terry Lynn
Fluid Art: The Dip Wiring Your Bonsai Workshop
AI for Dreamers
Flash Fiction Challenge Workshop: Breaking Down Writing Barriers
The CHANGE Program: Intensive Acting Class
Fine Art Acrylic AFine Art Acrylic B
How to Photograph Your Own Work
Ceramics Glazing Workshop  


School’s Out Series: Polka Dot Art
Tweens and Teens Process Art: Sunset Mosaics on Canvas
Tweens and Teens Process Art: Paper Clip Art
Family ArtLab: Special Edition with the Philippe Lemm Trio
Tweens and Teens Process Art: Dali Clocks
Tweens and Teens Process Art: Process Painting
Hula Dance (Ages 3-9)
Tweens and Teens Process Art: Aluminum Foil Art
Tweens and Teens Process Art: Fruit Prints
Family ArtLab: Mother’s Day Project
Tweens and Teens Process Art: Cardboard Pop Art
Make and Take Mother’s Day Gifts
Tweens and Teens Process Art: Hole Punch Art
Tweens and Teens Process Art: Cut-Out Paper Art      

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Mother’s Day Family ArtLab  

Saturday, April 20 • Make creativity part of your family routine the 3rd Saturday of each
month during Family ArtLab! Drop in for free, hands-on family fun from 10 a.m. to noon.
Explore something new every month like art making, gallery activities, games and more –
all inspired by artworks on view in the gallery, famous artists, national holidays and artistic
traditions around the world.  

All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. In honor of the special mothers (aunts,
grandparents, and other loved ones) in your life we are inviting you to come to this very
special ArtLab where we will be painting pots in variety of colorful designs for you to give
to that special person for Mother’s Day. RESERVATIONS and a $5 fee are required for
this ArtLab. There is a limit of 40 spots available, so reserve yours today!!  

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Registration Open Now for Summer Break Camp  

June 10 – August 2, 2024 • Join us this summer to explore the engaging history of our world,
learn about famous artists, create themed art projects, play games and make memories with
friends. Each one week session will be a new theme: Learn about famous artists, Discover
evidence of prehistoric dinosaurs. Create amazing creatures that live under the ocean. All by
exploring the arts with art projects. Create, play games and make memories with new and old
friends this summer at the Alliance!  

Art Exploration Summer Camp is open to those ages 7-11. Camp Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Extended Care: 8 – 8:45 am and 4:10 – 5:00 pm.  

Mini Explorers Half-Day Camp offers children ages 4-6 years old the chance to engage in
themed days filled with art, games, music, and a dress up day. Camp Hours: 9:am – 12:pm.
NO Extended Care Available- Camper MUST be picked up by 12:00 pm.  

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Call to Artists

Mural Proposals  

Apply by April 15 • The Alliance for the Arts invites talented artists to submit their
proposals for an exciting opportunity to design and create a mural that encapsulates
our rich 50-year history as the premier “pathway to the arts in Southwest Florida.”
This is also an opportunity to express your hopes for the future of the Alliance and
the lasting we have on our community. This is a unique chance to leave a lasting
legacy on two 40 x 9-foot shipping containers, transforming it into a vibrant
celebration of our community’s artistic journey.


Alliance for the Arts •
239-939-2787 • 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers  

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