Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts
supporting community & the arts
The Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts was founded in November 2011 when a group of Island citizens envisioned an organization that would support and promote all types of art: Fine art, the performing arts and culinary art.
THE MISSION of Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts is to promote and support theater, music, culinary and visual arts on Fort Myers Beach and in the surrounding community.
THE VISION is to to make the arts of Fort Myers Beach accessible for all to discover and enjoy.
Help us support the arts on Fort Myers Beach! Volunteer your time, resources, or make a donation. Every little bit helps! We appreciate your generosity!
Since our inception we have supported the following organizations:
Friends of the Mound House
Fort Myers Beach Elementary School
Beach Artist Cooperative
Fort Myers Beach Art Association
Fort Myers Beach Film Festival
Fort Myers Friends of the Arts Winter Concert Series
Southwest Florida Sustains: A Regional Seafood Festival
Paint the Beach; a plein air arts festival
Taste of the Beach
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jan moved to the Island 7 years ago from Ohio where she and her husband, Ron, raised their family. Because she knew no one on the Island, she began volunteering for several non-profits, one of which was the FMB Film Festival. One thing led to another and she began volunteering for the FMB Friends of the Arts Winter Concert Series, Sustains, and Taste of the Beach. It only seemed fitting to then become a board member for the Friends of the Arts.
Karen and her husband, Mark bought their home on Fort Myers Beach in 2016 and relocated to the Island after retirement in 2018. Loving island life, Karen is very active in the community. In addition to the Friends of the Arts Board, she serves as Vice President on Friends of Lovers Key Board. She is also an active member on the Board of the Bay oaks Recreation Center, and a member on both the Fort Myers Beach Women’s Club, and the Fort Myers Beach Advisory Committee. The couple also operates Parrot Eyes Vacation rentals on the Island.
Education: San Diego State College
Career: New Misco Oil and Gas Supplies Irving, TX
Government Relations United States Telephone Company, WDC
Program Director Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, WDC
Executive Director SDIT
Consultant Vietnam Veterans Memorial, WDC
Agent Orange Class Action Program
Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
National Park Service Volunteer
Various community volunteer
BOD Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Steering Committee National Association Veterans Family Service
Incorporated SDIT and BOD Sons and Daughters In Touch (SDIT)
BOD Pine Shore Art Association
BOD FMB Art Association
BOD Friends of the Greater Ft. Myers Beach Art Association