What We do and what we've done
The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization.
Incorporated in 2003, MIFA is a growing organization
with nearly 100 members and a volunteer board of directors.
Our mission is to support the visual, literary and performing arts in public places on Marco Island.
We believe that the arts are a catalyst in bringing people together,
and help to create a sense of community.
2020 Board Officers: President Karen Swanker, Vice-President Clara Alvia-Alber,
Treasurer Carolyn Burger and Secretary Allie Ellis.
Supporting members: Priscilla MacDonald, Florie Ender, Claire Keery, Lindy Kowalczyk,
Jim Johnson, Virginia Okinga and Chris Hayett.
Member emeritus: Sandra Johnson.
On March 17, 2003 the first meeting of a diversified group of individuals
who were interested in enhancing the cultural life of our community took place.
Representatives from the arts, civic groups, businesses and
city government formed what became the
Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) steering committee.
MIFA counts this first meeting as its birthday.
MIFA became incorporated on June 9, 2003 and
received it's 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit status on October 7th, 2003.
On October 6th, 2004 MIFA's 1st by-laws were adopted.
The first officers were elected at the first annual meeting January 11, 2005.
LOOKING BACK IN TIME - SOME OF WHAT WE'VE DONE
2019 ~ Turned full ownership of "Double Eagle" sculpture at Sarazen Park over to MICA. Installed a marble plaque at
the base of the sculpture with names of donors that gave $500 toward purchase of sculpture. Sponsored Left Bank Art
Fest, Brushes & Paint Outdoor Art Show and Sale, Winter Film Fest, An Afternoon with Sara Bernhardt. Awarded
seven local students scholarships and honored an Artist of the Year at the annual Scholarship Luncheon.
2018 ~ Sponsored art shows on Marco Island. Fulfilled a grant to The Marco Island Center for the Arts to fund their
Summer Youth Workshop.
2017 ~ Sponsored art shows on Marco Island at The Esplanade, the Marco Island Historical Museum and the Marco I
sland Center for the Arts. Partnered with the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce to support the "Wet Paint Live"
2016 ~ Placed artwork by local artists in Iberia Bank. Worked with CAMIG to present "Carnivale" - an event to
introduce the organization to the people of Marco Island.
2015-16 Held luncheons to honor Scholarship Winners and "Artist of the Year".
2015~ Partnered with the Marco Island Historical Museum by awarding winning artists a "Winner's Circle" show.
2015 ~ "Painting S.W. Florida History" art show at the Marco Island Historical Museum using rare archival
photographs as inspiration for paintings. Presented a grant to Marco Players Theater for transport of "The Box Car" and
display of holocaust paintings in the theater gallery.
2014 ~ Presented a grant to Malenda Trick for a veterans memorial mural "From Sea to Shining Sea". Received 4
sculpture donations, placed them in public places in the community in fulfillment of our mission. Held luncheons with
various speakers who presented lectures and performances on history, politics, the arts and women's history
Sponsored "Table Talk Luncheons" for artists to share news, tips, techniques and other items of interest in a round
2009 ~ Formed a Joint Venture in October with the Art League of Marco Island to sponsor an Artist Colony at the
2007-2012 ~ Maintained an office and "Local Color Gallery" at the Esplanade. Established an annual scholarship
program for area students attending school on Marco Island who are pursuing college studies in the arts. Held a
Fashion Show luncheons to raise funds for our scholarships. Produced tiles project with school children, placing tiles at
water park in Mackle Park.
2005 ~ Published first newsletter in October 2005.
2004 ~ Launched website, wwwmarcoarts.org. in 2019 new domain name is www.marcoislandfoundation.org.
Replaced lost statue "Happy Travelers" in Leigh Plummer Park.
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