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Fort Myers Redevelopment Areas Arts & Culture Newsletter

Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency

Dear colleagues and community partners,

We are excited to share this monthly communication dedicated to Arts & Culture activities within our redevelopment areas. The Fort Myers CRA with its numerous community partners have supported arts and cultural developments in the City of Palms since 1984. We invite you to share and participate in these events. Your support is invaluable to our community.

For questions related these activities, or to share a community art or cultural event occurring within our redevelopment areas call (239) 321-7100 or email us at cra@cityftmyers.com.

www.cityftmyers.com/cra

Neenie’s House

Neenie’s House is an arts and cultural emporium in the East Palm neighborhood in Fort Myers, FL. This unique venue hosts art openings, music performances, and more. The venue is available for private parties. Visit Neenie’s House Mercado every weekend!

Location: 481 Marsh Avenue
Phone: 239-333-9267
Website: www.NeeniesHouse.com

June 4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., No Cost
Love Your Rebellion’s Zine Library

June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., No Cost
East Fort Myers Mercado

June 11, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., No Cost
ArtSmack with Dom-O-Nick The Glass Wizard

June 18, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., $5
Artisan Trash Day

Luminary Hotel & Co.

More than a hotel, Luminary is the hub of excitement and discovery – a focal point where locals and travelers make their unique imprint on the city’s own story. A story begun years ago by a brilliant cast of audacious luminaries. Create your own story by joining in one (or more!) of the many events offered by Luminary and Co.

Location: 2200 Edwards Drive
Phone: 239-314-3800
Website: https://www.luminaryhotel.com/events/

June 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.,
June 6, 13, 20, 27, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., No Cost
Live Music at Oxbow Bar & Grill

June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., No Cost
Live Music at the Lobby Bar

June 5, 12, 19, 26, 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., No Cost, Dean St. Coffee Roastery
Coffee Roasting Demonstration

June 10, 17, 24, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., No Cost
Live Music at Beacon Social Drinkery (Rooftop Bar)

June 26, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., $59 per Person
Paint, Sip & Snack with Vino’s Picasso

Ollie Mack Gentry Photography

Ollie Mack Gentry Photography Studio & Gallery is a full-service photography studio, offering the highest quality images and service for a variety of different occasions. From individual headshots and family portraits to iconic people, places and things.

Location: 1528 Jackson Street
Phone: 239-440-0061
Website: https://www.olliemackgentryphotography.com/

June 1 – July 1, No Cost (Ongoing Exhibit)

HISTORIC

River District Alliance

The mission of the River District Alliance (RDA) is to promote and enhance the continued development of the historic Fort Myers River District as a hub of economic, social and cultural activity.

As one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, the RDA strives to preserve the essence of downtown while promoting the growth of the business and economic sectors that make the area thrive.

Location: 1401B Lee Street
Website: www.myriverdistrict.com

June 4, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., No Cost
Art Walk

June 19, 7 p.m. – Midnight, No Cost
The Longest Day Event

June 18, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., No Cost
Music Walk

Arts for ACT Gallery

Arts for ACT Gallery is the non-profit art gallery, studio and boutique owned by Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. (ACT), the domestic violence, sexual assault and Human Trafficking Center.

Location: 2265 First Street
Phone: 239-337-5050
Website: http://www.artsforactgallery.com/

June 4-28, No Cost (Opening June 4, 6 p.m.)
Main and White Gallery: Pat Cleveland, Bonnie & Brock Turner

June 9, 16, 23, 30, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., $5 – 15
Make It/Take It Classes

June 11, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Contact for Cost
Make a Memory Box (from a cigar box)

June 17, 24, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Contact for Cost
Wine Glass Painting

June 19, 26, 1 – 3 p.m., Contact for Cost
Make It/Take It Classes

DAAS Co-Op Gallery at the Butterfly Estates

We are Southwest Florida’s premier Art Gallery, featuring some of the best artists of our area. Our gallery operates in a cooperative system, which means that we all participate, collaborate, coordinate and tend to all business matters. DAAS stands for David Acevedo Art Studio. Acevedo is the founder, curator and director of the venue. DAAS Gallery holds exhibition opening receptions every first Friday of the month, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., in conjunction with Fort Myers Art Walk.

Location: 1815 Fowler Street, Unit 3
Phone: 239-590-8645
Website: https://daascoop.com/

June 4 – 26, No Cost (Opening June 4, 6 p.m.)
The Art of Spencer Elles

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (SBDAC) was founded in 1997 by Jim Griffith as Florida Arts, Inc. SBDAC hosts concerts, theatrical performances, art exhibits, dance, independent film, cotillion, and arts education. Its mission is to nurture innovation and excellence in the visual and performing arts through these events and community outreach programs.

Location: 2301 First Street
Phone: 239-333-1933
Website: https://www.sbdac.com/

June 4 – 24, $1 (Opening June 4, 6 p.m.)
Grand Atrium: June Juried Group Exhibition: Recaptured
Capital Gallery: Save the Reef Group Exhibition

June 4, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m., $1
Dance on the Rooftop with 105.5 DJ Selecta AJ

June 8, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., No Cost
Mangroves as Poetry

June 11, 7 p.m – MIdnight
Music on the Rooftop at Sidney’s Friday Nights

June 17, 8 p.m., $10
Art & Poetry Networking

June 18, 7:30 p.m., $10 in Advance (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Sounds of Summer Music – Dueling Pianos

June 1-30, 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays
(Arrive 15 minutes early to register), $16
Indra Yoga

Snouts & Strokes:
Pet Pub, Portraits & Provisions

Pub for you and your pet. Pet Treats & Pet Accessories. ART Gallery & Pet Portraits. Canvas Printing. Vinyl Decals. Paint Workshops. House Music – DJ Lounge on Thursday & Friday Nights.

Location: 1518 Jackson Street
Phone: 239-628-9593
Website: www.snoutsandstrokes.com

June 4, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., No Cost
Night Moves

June 18, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., No Cost
Let’s Go Fridays

June 23, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., No Cost
Banjotronix

True Tours

True Tours walking history tours are not only fun, the history is documented, fascinating and often surprising. Our tours consistently receive 4.5 Star + reviews for their entertainment and educational value. Private tours are available. All tours (except The Armchair Tour) leave from The Franklin Shops, 2200 First Street.

Location: 2200 First Street
Phone: 239-945-0405
Website: https://truetours.net/

June 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, 8 p.m., $18,
Reservations Required
Haunted History Tour

June 10, 17, 24, 10:30 a.m., $18,
Reservations Required
River District History Tour

June 1-30, Call for Pricing,
Reserve your own 60-Minute Private Session from Your Home/Venue
Reservations Required
The Armchair Tour

June 1-30, Call for Pricing,
Reserve your own Private Tour
Reservations Required
Private Tour

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Edison and Ford Winter Estates is the internationally-known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Visitors will enjoy touring 20+ acres of historic homes, buildings and gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum.

Location: 2350 McGregor Blvd.
Phone: 239-334-7419
Website: https://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/

June 8, 10:30 a.m., No Cost (Registration Required)
Digital Discussion: Florida in the Civil War

June 12, 10 a.m., $10 Members, $15 Non-Members
Garden Talk – Pruning Shrubs and Trees

June 19, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., No Cost to Attend,
Does Not Include Estate/Museum Tours
Plant Sale

Laboratory Theater of Florida

The Laboratory Theater of Florida is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts, through live performance, education, community outreach, experimentation and the development of ensemble work.

Location: 1634 Woodford Avenue
Phone: 239-218-0481
Website: http://www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com/

June 11 – 30, $30, $12 Students, Adult Language & Raunchy Humor: Masks required
Sunset Schmoulevard

Williams Academy Black History Museum

The Williams Academy Black History Museum preserves the history and culture of Black people in Lee County. Housed in the 1942 addition to the original 1913 Williams Academy building, the Williams Academy was one of the area’s first schools built for Black students using government funds. The Lee County Black History Society, Inc. (LCBHS), acquired the building in 1995, moved it to Roberto Clemente Park, and historically restored it, where they educate, preserve, and display the history and culture of black people in Lee County.

Location: 1936 Henderson Avenue
Phone: 239-332-8778
Website: https://www.leecountyblackhistorysociety.org/

June 26, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., No Cost
More Information: Linda Chatter-Walker, fweiinc@gmail.com or 813-562-5877
Negatives 2 Positives

Now Open with Limited Hours!
Call 239-332-8778 for information and schedules
Museum Tours

IMAG History & Science Center

The IMAG History & Science Center is a family-friendly destination offering fun and educational interactive exhibits, aquariums, history displays, and a 3D theater. The mission is to engage guests in the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and more recently the history of Southwest Florida. This is achieved through hands-on experiences and educational programs that further the understanding of the natural and human-made world, and foster an appreciation for Southwest Florida’s unique environment, natural waterways, and rich history. A visit to the IMAG nurtures intellectual curiosity, discovery, and innovation. Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays Noon – 5 p.m., Closed Mondays

Location: 2000 Cranford Avenue
Phone: 239-243-0043
Website: https://theimag.org/

Registration Open Now, $190/week Family Membership,
$240/ per week Non-Members
Camp IMAG Summer Registration

Florida Repertory Theatre

Florida Rep is committed to providing a first-class regional theatre for Southwest Florida; to creating, nurturing and developing an ensemble of theatre professionals who will develop long term relationships working on a wide variety of plays; to helping improve the quality of life in our community through all the arts; and to making the arts, especially theatre, accessible to all.

Location: 2267 First Street
Phone: 239-332-4488
Website: http://www.FloridaRep.org

Back Onstage in 2021! Subscriptions & Single Tickets Now On Sale
Tickets for Florida Rep’s 2021-2022 Season

The venue below is located near our redevelopment areas
but not within them. We feature them as a partner in the arts to the Fort Myers CRA and other venues within the redevelopment areas.

Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a vibrant and welcoming nonprofit visual and performing arts center located in the heart of southwest Florida. The Alliance is creative space that spurs and supports self-expression, imagination and equity.

Location: 10091 McGregor Boulevard
Phone: 239-939-2787
Website: https://www.artinlee.org/

June 4 – 26, No Cost ($5 suggested donation)
Voices and Visions – Arts4All Florida Exhibit

Ongoing, Cost Varies
Classes for all Ages and Abilities, Onsite, Online or Outside

Sign Up Now!
Summer Arts Camp Grades 1 – 7 (Sessions June 21 – July 30)

Musical Theatre Intensive Camp at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre for Grades 7 – 12 (Sessions July 5 – 30)

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The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is an agency of the City of Fort Myers. Office hours: M – F 7:30 PM – 4:30 PM | 1400 Jackson Street, Suite 102, Fort Myers, FL 33901
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