The Center for the Arts began in 1959 when Ruth Hardy gathered 15
artists and conducted the first community art classes at the
old Village Clubhouse, the site of the present Community
Center on Old 41 Road. As Bonita Springs has grown, the Center
for the Arts has kept pace providing opportunities for artistic
expression, education and appreciation in a supportive and
Phase I of our
10-acre campus was opened in April of 2000, providing
galleries, painting and drawing studios, offices and a
lovely gift shop.
Two years later,
in November of 2002, we opened Phase II, introducing our
Morean Clay Studio; our Sculpture Studios;
Computer Studio and Lab; Printmaking Studio;
and Braniff Library.
The Center for the Arts of
Bonita Springs offers a wide variety of classes for all
ages. Members and artists
of the Center for the Arts offer their time and talents to bring a
variety of outreach programs to local schools, neighborhoods
and organizations. We host three National Arts
Festivals each year, in January, February and March - drawing talented
artists from all across the United States and the world.
We provide year round programs in many disciplines
for all who wish to learn, study or simply appreciate a wide
variety of art and cultural events. We are a place for all seasons and all ages.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jacqueline McCurdy, Chairman of the Board
Tom Briers, Vice Chair
Mary Beth Crawford, Immediate Past Chairman
Todd Kluener, Treasurer
Claire Gorman, Asst. Tr.
Joan Dixon, Asst. Tr.
Marion Haley, Asst. Tr.
Amy Russian, Rec. Sec.