If the Lee County Arts was positioned like a solar system, then The Alliance for the Arts would be in the center with many talented artisans, performers and venues orbiting around it.
The Alliance is the officially designated arts organization for Lee County.
Its mission is to help and nurture the creation, development, promotion and education of arts and culture in Lee County.
The agency was founded in 1975 to foster the growth of local arts. The Alliance's members includes 50 related arts and cultural organizations. They support more than 16 local organizations by providing meeting and classroom space in the 12,000 square foot William R. Frizzell Cultural Centre on a 10.3-acre campus opened in 1992.
Some features include:
n Home to the 150-seat Claiborne and Ned Foulds Theater presenting more than 100 theatrical performances a year
n 1500-seat Margaret Morrow Frizzell Amphitheater stage to musical and theatrical performances
n Three art galleries displaying 16 exhibit openings and 325 exhibition days of exhibition
n Youth education programs, including after school arts, Summer Arts Camp, and exhibitions
n Adult education classes offering a full range of studio classes to nearly 1,000 people every year.
The Alliance, which is operational year round, is moving forward with a variety of new programs and productions to keep people fascinated with the arts. They just partnered with the Lee County Visitors Bureau to offer a new online events calendar called leeculture.org. Through this Web site people will be able to check out what's going on in the arts world in Fort Myers.
"We're hoping that it will be a hub," said Chelsea Birczak, Publicity Director for Alliance for the Arts.
The Alliance of the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.
For more information call 939-ARTS or visit www.artinlee.org.