What We do and what we've done

About MIFA

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

Secretary Allie Ellis.

Supporting members: Priscilla MacDonald,

Florie Ender, Claire Keery,

Lindy Kowalczyk,

Jim Johnson, Virginia Okinga

and Chris Hayett. 

Member emeritus: Sandra Johnson.

Our History

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.

Our Accomplishments



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,

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 Island Center for the Arts.

Partnered with the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce

to support the "Wet Paint Live" event.

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 table format.

2009 ~ Formed a Joint Venture in October

with the Art League of Marco Island to sponsor an

Artist Colony at the Esplanade.

2007-2012 ~ Maintained an office and "Local Color Gallery"

at the Esplanade. Established an annual scholarship

program for area students 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


Replaced lost statue "Happy Travelers"

in Leigh Plummer Park.

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