For over 50 years the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs has provided
a cultural heart and identity to the community with programs of art and culture. The Center for the
Arts provides arts enrichment and education to people of all ages. The following is a brief description
of a number of our ongoing programs. As part of our mission the Center for the Arts provides to over 2,500 children:
After School Express
A program providing free art education activities to middle
and elementary students 3pm-5pm at our Center for the Arts. The Center for the Arts is a safe environment
for children after school. Children may read, do homework or participate in art making projects
choreographed by artist volunteers with a different project each session.
Art Goes to School
Artist volunteers visit middle and elementary schools
with free hour-long education programs. The first visit is focused on a particular artist, his
or her art, history and culture. Students view large reproductions of the artist’s work and
discuss the artist’s culture, artwork and history. The second visit provides an art project
about the previous week’s artist’s work that challenges, engages and enlightens students, as well
as connects the historical and cultural emphasis to the lectures and art activities. Over 1700
Saturdays With Art
Two or three-hour classes during the school year
that focus on a number of educational and artistic projects—painting, drawing, sculpture,
printmaking, creative crafts are a few of the areas covered. Over 40% of our students receive
over 40% scholarships.
Off Campus Collaborative
The Center for the Arts collaborates with many other
nonprofit organizations to help our community. For example, we regularly visit nearby
neighborhood community centers, providing art related activities as apart of a team approach
to literacy and English as a second language program. Our team, comprised of translators,
tutors, and art volunteers work to create a learning environment that is not only educational,
Adults and children work together on a specific
production. The cast participants make their own stage sets and costumes as well as focus
on voice, self-confidence, working collaboratively, and poise in front of an audience. Two
or three final, public performances are scheduled along with a cast party and refreshments.
Over 80% of our students received over 40% scholarships.
Year round evening and Saturday classes focusing
on ballet, modern, jazz and lyrical. Recitals provide students, family and friends with a
spectacular experience. 40% of our students receive over 40% scholarships.
Student Showcase Exhibition
A juried gallery exhibition featuring artwork
created by local high school students. This free, annual program includes a reception and
scholarship awards presentation. Seniors receive college tuition scholarships. Juniors,
sophomores and freshmen receive scholarships to classes at the Center for the Arts. Over
150 students participate.
Children’s Summer Camps
June, July and August--students can attend a
half or full day. Art activities include sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, creative
crafts, dance and theater. Over 45% of our students receive scholarships.
Families participate at no charge in a day’s
activities of visual and performing arts. The enjoyment of artistic creation can bring
our community together, people of all ages. Activities include mural drawing, painting,
puppet making; paper collage; creative puzzles; sculpture, 3D design and crafts; two puppet
theaters with scheduled performances throughout the day; an opportunity for families to
experience the delights of performance with their own creations; multi-cultural storytelling
and creative writing sessions; a variety of musical performances from voice to musical
instrument to a barbershop quartet; multi-cultural dance performances—ballet, jazz, lyrical;
theater performances; moving sculpture; as well as professional visual artist demonstrations
in a variety of media throughout the day. This program began
over five years ago.
High School Mentor Program
Provides unique, advanced art experiences to local
high school students at no charge. Working with faculty or visiting artists, students may
collaborate on a large-scale project or participate in unique class experiences, such as Stone
Carving Sculpture, providing insight into a process not accessible in their high school environment.
Over 50 students participate each year.
We evaluate each segment of our programming upon
completion not only from the standpoint of the success and sense of accomplishment children
and their families’ experience; but our own success as a group committed to our community.
We make recommendations for future growth as well as additional areas of focus to meet the
growing needs of the children and their families.