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BIG ARTS Sanibel

Location: Sanibel, FL US
Website: http://www.BIGARTS.org


MISSION STATEMENT: To provide quality cultural and educational experiences to the residents and visitors of Sanibel, Captiva and neighboring communities. Known as Sanibel and Captiva's home for all the arts, BIG ARTS has been providing cultural enrichment and fulfillment to island residents since 1979. BIG ARTS members and participants enjoy a wide spectrum of performing and visual arts events and the community participates in more than 170 educational classes and workshops each year. In 1987 BIG ARTS found a home when a small cottage was donated and moved to its present location at 900 Dunlop Road. Founders Gallery opened in this cottage and concerts were held in the garden under a tent. Due to the popularity of the programs, the organization quickly outgrew these facilities. Through the generosity of BIG ARTS supporters, Phillips Gallery opened in 1990 to be used as an art gallery, concert hall, and classroom. The West Wing, Schein Hall and Sculpture Garden were added in 1997. Designed by BIG ARTS member Irwin Stein, Schein Hall is a 400 seat concert hall with surround sound in high definition and a recently-added high definition projection system. Classrooms provide space for pottery, dance, computer software, foreign language, painting and many other offerings. The beautiful sculpture garden, renamed Boler Garden, was restored in 2006, including an ongoing project with installation of an etched stone walkway. BIG ARTS celebrates its 30th season with an extraordinary line-up of performances and educational programs. Whether your interest is in classical, jazz or popular music, dance, the visual arts, lectures, film or theater, or in attending a class or workshop -- BIG ARTS has something for everyone!