Fort Myers Redevelopment Areas Arts & Culture Newsletter For May

Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency

Dear colleagues and community partners,

We are excited to share this monthly communication dedicated to Arts & Culture activities within our redevelopment areas. The Fort Myers CRA with its numerous community partners have supported arts and cultural developments in the City of Palms since 1984. We invite you to share and participate in these events. Your support is invaluable to our community.

For questions related these activities, or to share a community art or cultural event occurring within our redevelopment areas call (239) 321-7100 or email us at [email protected].

True Tours walking history tours are not only fun, the history is documented, fascinating and often surprising. Our tours consistently receive 4.5 Star + reviews for their entertainment and educational value. Private tours are available. All tours (except The Armchair Tour) leave from The Franklin Shops, 2200 First Street.

Location: 2200 First Street
Phone: 239-945-0405

May 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m., $18,
Reservations Required
River District History Tour

May 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 8 p.m., $18,
Reservations Required
Haunted History Tour

May 6-31, Call for Pricing,
Reserve your own 60-Minute Private Session from Your Home/Venue
Reservations Required
The Armchair Tour

May 6-31, Call for Pricing,
Reserve your own Private Tour
Reservations Required
Private Tour

Luminary Hotel & Co.

Upper Left: Live Music at the Rooftop Bar, Upper Right: Frank Sinatra Tribute, Center Left: New Cats of Country Live!, Center Right: Full Moon Party, Bottom Left: Coffee Connoisseur Tasting & Certification, Bottom Right: Mother’s Day Dinner at Oxbow Bar & Grill.

More than a hotel, Luminary is the hub of excitement and discovery – a focal point where locals and travelers make their unique imprint on the city’s own story. A story begun years ago by a brilliant cast of audacious luminaries. Create your own story by joining in one (or more!) of the many events offered by Luminary and Co.

Location: 2200 Edwards Drive
Phone: 239-314-3800

May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 27, 29, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.,
May 9, 16, 23, 30, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., No Cost
Live Music at Oxbow Bar & Grill

May 6, 13. 20, 27, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., No Cost
Live Music at the Rooftop Bar

May 7, 8. 14, 15, 21, 22, 18, 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., No Cost
Live Music at the Lobby Bar

May 8, 15, 22, 29, 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., No Cost, Dean St. Coffee Roastery
Coffee Roasting Demonstration

May 9, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Mother’s Day Dinner at Oxbow Bar & Grill

May 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., No Cost
Frank Sinatra Tribute at the Lobby Bar

May 15, 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., $25,
The Workshop, Culinary Theater at Luminary Hotel & Co.
Coffee Connoisseur Tasting & Certification

May 19, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., $10 General Admission,
$40 Up-Front General Admission
New Cats of Country – LIVE! Presented by Cat Country 107.1FM

May 27, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., $39 in Advance, $45 at the Door,
4th Floor Pool Deck, Over 21 Only
Full Moon Party on the Pool Deck

Laboratory Theater of Florida

The Laboratory Theater of Florida is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts, through live performance, education, community outreach, experimentation and the development of ensemble work.

Location: 1634 Woodford Avenue
Phone: 239-218-0481

May 6 – 15, $30, $12 Students, Adult Language & Mature Themes: Masks required
Race by David Mamet

Ollie Mack Gentry Photography

Ollie Mack Gentry Photography Studio & Gallery is a full-service photography studio, offering the highest quality images and service for a variety of different occasions. From individual headshots and family portraits to iconic people, places and things.

Location: 1528 Jackson Street
Phone: 239-440-0061

May 6-31, No Cost (Ongoing Exhibit)
Leather Ball

May 6-31, No Cost (Ongoing Exhibit)
The WORKS of OMG (A 10-Year Retrospective)

May 7-31, No Cost (Opening May 7, 6 p.m.)

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Top Left: Growing Citrus, Top Right: 13th Annual Art in the Gardens, Center Left: The Greatest of all my Inspiring Friends: Exploring the Friendship of Henry Ford and George Washington Carver, Center Right: Fort Myers Film Festival at Edison Ford, Bottom Left: Museum Musings: The Mangoes, Bottom Right: Museum Musings: Edison and his work with Cement.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates is the internationally-known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Visitors will enjoy touring 20+ acres of historic homes, buildings and gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum.

Location: 2350 McGregor Blvd.
Phone: 239-334-7419

May 6-30, No Cost
13th Annual Art in the Gardens

May 8, 10 a.m., $10 Members, $15 Non-Members
Garden Talk – Growing Citrus

May 11, 10:30 a.m., No Cost (Registration Required)
Digital Discussion: The Greatest of all my Inspiring Friends:
Exploring the Friendship of Henry Ford and George Washington Carver

May 12, 11 a.m., No Cost Members, Included with Admission
Museum Musings: The Mangoes

May 14, 7:30 p.m., $10 Members, $15 Non-Members
Fort Myers Film Festival at Edison Ford

May 26, 11 a.m., No Cost Members, Included with Admission
Museum Musings: Edison and his work with Cement

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Left: 11th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival, Top Left: Unfunctional Function by Juan Abuela, Top Right: Indra Yoga, Bottom Right: Bluegrass: David Mayfield Parade.

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (SBDAC) was founded in 1997 by Jim Griffith as Florida Arts, Inc. SBDAC hosts concerts, theatrical performances, art exhibits, dance, independent film, cotillion, and arts education. Its mission is to nurture innovation and excellence in the visual and performing arts through these events and community outreach programs.

Location: 2301 First Street
Phone: 239-333-1933

May 7-31, 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays
(Arrive 15 minutes early to register), $16
Indra Yoga

May 7, 6 p.m., No Cost
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Open House &
Sidney’s Rooftop Sculpture Garden Grand Opening

May 7-27, $1 (Opening May 7, 6 p.m.)
Grand Atrium: Unfunctional Function by Juan Abuela
Capital Gallery: Functional Art

May 12, 7 p.m., $15 Movie Only/$100 VIP Day Pass (Doors open 5 p.m.)
11th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival Red Carpet Opening Night

May 12-16, $10 per Block /$20 Day Pass (In Person & Online)
11th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival

May 20, 8 p.m., $10
Art & Poetry Networking

May 21, 7:30
p.m., $30 in Advance (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Bluegrass: David Mayfield Parade

Arts for ACT Gallery

Arts for ACT Gallery is the non-profit art gallery, studio and boutique owned by Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. (ACT), the domestic violence, sexual assault and Human Trafficking Center.

Location: 2265 First Street
Phone: 239-337-5050

May 7 – May 31, No Cost (Opening May 7, 6 p.m.)
Main Gallery: Amanda Zirzow, A Starry Night in May

DAAS Co-Op Gallery at the Butterfly Estates

We are Southwest Florida’s premier Art Gallery, featuring some of the best artists of our area. Our gallery operates in a cooperative system, which means that we all participate, collaborate, coordinate and tend to all business matters. DAAS stands for David Acevedo Art Studio. Acevedo is the founder, curator and director of the venue. DAAS Gallery holds exhibition opening receptions every first Friday of the month, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., in conjunction with Fort Myers Art Walk.

Location: 1815 Fowler Street, Unit 3
Phone: 239-590-8645

May 7 – May 29, No Cost (Opening May 7, 6 p.m.)
Game of Life, Art During the Pandemic by Junior Jimenez

Snouts & Strokes:
Pet Pub, Portraits & Provisions

Pub for you and your pet. Art. Events. Canvas Printing. Paint Workshops! Bar and Lounge! Thursday and Friday nights we turn into “The Lounge” with DJs during Art Walk.

Location: 1518 Jackson Street
Phone: 239-628-9593

May 7, 6 p.m., No Cost
Night Moves

River District Alliance

The mission of the River District Alliance (RDA) is to promote and enhance the continued development of the historic Fort Myers River District as a hub of economic, social and cultural activity.

As one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, the RDA strives to preserve the essence of downtown while promoting the growth of the business and economic sectors that make the area thrive.

Location: 1401B Lee Street

May 7, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., No Cost
Art Walk

May 21, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., No Cost
Music Walk

Neenie’s House

Neenie’s House is an arts and cultural emporium in the East Palm neighborhood in Fort Myers, FL. This unique venue hosts art openings, music performances, and more. ARTGROOVES happens every 2nd Friday of the month, and has live artist, artisan vendors, DJs, and Artful Projections. ARTGROOVES is hosted by Fresh Squeezed, and Neenie’s House. Fresh Squeezed organizes events, and offers support and promotion focusing on Electronic Dance Music, DJs, Producers, Bands, and Artist.

Location: 481 Marsh Avenue
Phone: 239-333-9267

May 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., No Cost
East Fort Myers Mercado

May 12, 19, 26, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., $10
Wednesday Yoga

May 14, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., No Cost

May 23, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., No Cost

IMAG History & Science Center

The IMAG History & Science Center is a family-friendly destination offering fun and educational interactive exhibits, aquariums, history displays, and a 3D theater. The mission is to engage guests in the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and more recently the history of Southwest Florida. This is achieved through hands-on experiences and educational programs that further the understanding of the natural and human-made world, and foster an appreciation for Southwest Florida’s unique environment, natural waterways, and rich history. A visit to the IMAG nurtures intellectual curiosity, discovery, and innovation. Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays Noon – 5 p.m., Closed Mondays

Location: 2000 Cranford Avenue
Phone: 239-243-0043

Registration Open Now, $190/week Family Membership,
$240/ per week Non-Members
Camp IMAG Spring Break & Summer Registration

The venue below is located near our redevelopment areas
but not within them. We feature them as a partner in the arts to the Fort Myers CRA and other venues within the redevelopment areas.

Alliance for the Arts

Top Left: Street Heroines Documentary Screening, Top Right: Pop of Color Exhibit, Center Left: Introduction to Documentary Film Analysis & Production, Center Right: Farm to Kitchen Cooking, Bottom Left: Virtual Cheese Tasting, Bottom Right: Sisters: 21st Century Female Artists.

The Alliance for the Arts is a vibrant and welcoming nonprofit visual and performing arts center located in the heart of southwest Florida. The Alliance is creative space that spurs and supports self-expression, imagination and equity.

Location: 10091 McGregor Boulevard
Phone: 239-939-2787

May 7 – 29, No Cost ($5 suggested donation)
Pop of Color Exhibit

May 13, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., No Cost Members/$15 Non-Members
Sisters: 21st Century Female Artists – Online Art Lecture

May 13, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., $45 Members, $50 Non-Members
Virtual Cheese Tasting: Live is a Picnic – Online Event

May 15, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., No Cost
Farm to Kitchen Cooking – Onsite GreenMarket Workshop & Demo

May 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., $25 Members, $35 Non-Members
Street Heroines Documentary Screening – Onsite or Online Viewing

May 25 – June 22 (5 Tuesdays), 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.,
$125 Members, $180 Non-Members
Introduction to Documentary Film Analysis & Production

Ongoing, Cost Varies
Classes for all Ages and Abilities, Onsite, Online or Outside

Sign Up Now!
Summer Arts Camp Grades 1 – 7 (Sessions June 21 – July 30)

Musical Theatre Intensive Camp at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre for Grades 7 – 12 (Sessions July 5 – 30)


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The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is an agency of the City of Fort Myers. Office hours: M – F 7:30 PM – 4:30 PM | 1400 Jackson Street, Suite 102, Fort Myers, FL 33901
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This press release was produced by the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. The views expressed are the author’s own.

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