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
Buck's Backyard Mural at McCollum Hall
Top Row Left: Artists selected for the mural, Erik Schlake and JP Almonicid.
Top Row Center, Right and Center Row Left: JP Almonicid mural designs.
Center Row Right, Bottom Row: Erik Schlake mural designs
Muralists Chosen for McCollum Hall Mural Project

Fort Myers’ Public Art Committee has approved a plan by the Fort Myers Mural Society to have finalists JP Almonicid and Erik Schlake join forces on the Buck’s Backyard mural project that is to be installed on the block wall separating historic McCollum Hall from the adjoining residential neighborhood to the north. The ambitious 2,440-square-foot project will cover seventeen concrete panels, each measuring eight feet high by eighteen feet wide.Although the artists' mural styles are radically different, Fort Myers Mural Society Director Shari Shifrin assured the Committee that the size and scope of the project will benefit from a blend of the design concepts that Almonacid and Schlake presented to the Public Art Committee on September 15.
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

The Great Artist Pumpkin Trail
Throughout the River District
October 1-31
Visit Downtown Shops & Restaurants featuring Artist Jack-O'-Lanterns

Great Pumpkins
Various Locations throughout Downtown
October 1-31
Lifesize Pumpkin Sculptures

The Great Pumpkin Patch
Hendry Street & Edwards Drive
October 17-25, Noon - 7:00 p.m.

The Great Selfie
Hall of 50 States at Edwards Drive
October 17-25

The Great Tricks & Treats
Discounts & Holiday Specials at Various Shops & Restaurants
October 1-31
Florida Repertory Theatre
Florida Rep is committed to providing a first-class regional theatre for Southwest Florida; to creating, nurturing and developing an ensemble of theatre professionals who will develop long term relationships working on a wide variety of plays; to helping improve the quality of life in our community through all the arts; and to making the arts, especially theatre, accessible to all.

Location: 2267 First Street
Phone: 239-332-4488

Oct. 2, 9, 16 & 30, 3:30 p.m., On Zoom, $20/episode or $75/all four

Oct. 23, 6 p.m., No Cost but $10-$15 Suggested Donation
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

Oct. 2 - Nov. 2, No Cost (Opening Oct. 2, 4 p.m.)
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.

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

Oct. 2 - Oct. 31, No Cost (Opening Oct. 2, 6 p.m.)
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (SBDAC) was ounded 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

Oct. 2 - Oct. 29, $1 (Opening Oct. 2, 6 p.m.)

Oct. 2 - Oct. 29, $1 (Opening Oct. 2, 6 p.m.)

Oct. 21 - Oct. 25, Cost varies (Opening Oct. 21, 7 p.m.)

Oct. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, 11:30 a.m. (Arrive 15 minutes early to register), $15
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

Oct. 2, No Cost
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
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

Oct. 7, 21, 11 a.m., No Cost Members, $5 Non-Members

October Dates/Times vary, $10 Members, $15 Non-Members

Oct. 10. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., No Cost

Oct. 16, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (last ticket sold at 8:30 p.m.), $15 Members, $20 Non-Members

Oct. 24, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Admission included with Tour Price

Oct. 30, 6 p.m., $20 Members, $25 Non-Members

Oct. 31, 11 a.m., $45 Members, $55 Non-Members

Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m., $20 Members, $25 Non-Members
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

Oct. 9, 17 at 8 p.m., Oct. 25 at 2 p.m., $16.50
Williams Academy Black History Museum
The Williams Academy Black History Museum preserves the history and culture of Black people in Lee County. Housed in the 1942 addition to the original 1913 Williams Academy building, the Williams Academy was one of the area’s first schools built for Black students using government funds. The Lee County Black History Society, Inc. (LCBHS), acquired the building in 1995, moved it to Roberto Clemente Park, and historically restored it, where they educate, preserve, and display the history and culture of black people in Lee County.

Location: 1936 Henderson Avenue
Phone: 239-332-8778

Saturdays in October, Call/Email to Schedule (Link Below)
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
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

Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. & 8:30 p.m., Oct. 11, 18 at 11 a.m., $12.50 - $50 (Purchase in Advance)

Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Must RSVP, Free to Stream but Suggest Donation

Ongoing, Cost Varies

Wednesdays, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., No Cost for Entry

Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., No Cost for Entry
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