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The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) invites creative minds from across the globe – visionaries, innovators, creators and futurists – to propose design concepts for engaging, transformational art installations to be built along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers.

The goal of Innovation Walk is to marry innovation with art, transforming and populating a meandering, mile-long waterfront park pathway with enduring installations and experiences that intrigue curiosity and celebrate human innovation. In its call for creators, the CRA seeks talented innovators, designers and creators to develop meaningful, durable and engaging installations that provide the pedestrian viewers with experiences stimulating critical contemplation, curiosity and hope.

“Innovation Walk, powered by the Edison Awards, builds upon the legacy of innovation in Lee County by building an enduring hardscape that will consist of three to five installations honoring multi-generational innovation icons,” said Michele Hylton-Terry, executive director for the Fort Myers CRA. “With that goal, we seek proposals that embody the spirit of innovation, resonate with the history and culture of Fort Myers, and lay down a path of insight, inspiration, discovery and possibility for generations to come.”

The project requirements focus on the previous work of the artists, their concepts, visual representations, construction plans, budget and timeline considerations. Given Southwest Florida’s extreme weather considerations, designs must be robust and capable of withstanding harsh conditions.

Proposals must be submitted electronically to [email protected] by noon on May 18, 2024. Commissions will be awarded in May 2024 and the project must be designed, produced and installed within eight months of the award. The goal for full completion of the project is January 2025.

Contact [email protected] for more information.


Since 1984, the CRA has managed redevelopment trusts to revitalize blighted areas in the City of Fort Myers. This reinvestment can take the form of public infrastructure, residential and commercial grant programs, public arts, affordable housing development, safety initiatives and historic preservation.

If left under-resourced, parts of our city risk remaining overlooked, affecting community spirit, and slowing economic growth. This lack of redevelopment doesn’t just impact current residents—it also discourages potential new businesses and families from making our city their home. Imagine a city where every neighborhood is a beacon of growth and community spirit—a place where residents enjoy sustainable, thriving spaces and businesses benefit from a vibrant economic environment. This is the future we’re creating. The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency was created in 1984 by the City of Fort Myers, Florida, under Florida Statute Chapter 163. The Fort Myers City Council members, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Commissioners, oversee the Agency’s programs and policies. The Fort Myers CRA office is located at 1400 Jackson Street in the historical downtown River District. 

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