What We do and what we've done

About MIFA

The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is

a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit


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.

2021 Board Officers:

President Karen Swanker

Vice-President Clara Alvia-Alber,

Treasurer Karen Swanker

Secretary Allie Ellis.

Supporting members:

Priscilla MacDonald,

Florie Enders, Lindy Kowalczyk,

Ricki Lenski, Virginia O'Kinga

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,


in 2019 new domain name is


Replaced lost statue "Happy Travelers"

in Leigh Plummer Park.

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