Our Mission

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs is committed to enrich the culture of our diverse community by providing opportunities for artistic expression, education and appreciation in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Vision Values

Our vision is fulfilled through programs in the visual and performing arts. Art builds bridges between communities, generations and nationalities. It serves as a common denominator among all economic groups and stimulates local economies. By instilling individuals with a feeling of self-worth and confidence, art encourages positive attitudes and helps people cope with change. Art can be therapeutic. It opens people's minds to new possibilities and their hearts to new understanding. A catalyst for friendships, art provides a foundation for shared experience.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
Patt Suwyn, Chairman of the Board
Fred Weinman, Vice Chair
Donald Thomson, Immediate Past Chairman
Amy Russian, Recording Secretary
Carol Osterhout, Treasurer
Joan Dixon, Asst. Treasurer
Marion Haley, Asst. Treasurer

Directors
Shelley Anderson Polly Nesi
Alice Fjelstul Pamela Olsen
Nigel Fullick David Pryor
Shawn Khan Susan Reynolds
Jacqueline McCurdy Anne Roberts
Karin Moe Cynthia Smith

President
Susan Bridges

Controller
Sheri Rouleau

IT Director
Kathy Saldivar

About Us

The Centers for the Arts began in 1959 when Ruth Hardy gathered 15 artists and conducted the first community art classes at the old Village Clubhouse on Old 41 Road. As Bonita Springs has grown, the Centers for the Arts has kept pace providing opportunities for artistic expression, education and appreciation in a supportive and nurturing environment.

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 Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs offers a wide variety of classes for all ages. Members and artists of the Centers 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.