Lee County Alliance of The Arts, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 10091 McGregor Blvd. Ft. Myers FL 33919 USA

Mission: The Alliance for the Arts is the officially designated Arts organization for Lee County charged with the mission to “facilitate and nurture the creation, development, promotion and education of arts and culture in Lee County”.
Geographic areas served: Lee County, SW Florida
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EIN 51-0182649
239-939-2787
www.artinlee.org
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Rating: 5 stars  

Ft Myers had been my home for over thirty years. I have attended many openings, shows, concerts, green markets and classes at the Alliance. In addition, my children have both attended classes and been volunteers for the camps held here. Although it is a stellar arts organization it is also a gathering place that strongly supports the arts and continually strives to provide what this growing community needs..culture that feeds the mind and soul. I am honored to be a part of this organization and even more delighted to be able to count on the many, many services they offer. You will feel welcome and content any time you set foot on this campus for ANY reason!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering at the Alliance of the Arts is not only fun, but it is a culturally-broadening experience. The enormous variety of events, programs, and activities keeps one challenged - each day is very different. Besides art classes for adults and children, there are concerts (indoor and outdoor), theater, gallery openings, and poetry readings. The Alliance is also a gathering place hosting a book club and a Saturday morning green market with locally-grown produce and other products. The Alliance is a place where the volunteers receive more than they give!. The Alliance staff, led by Lydia Black, is incredibly talented, smart, patient, and delightful.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them a bigger budget.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My experience is from that of teaching artist/instructor. Never and I do mean never have I felt so much a part of the "family" of an art association. From the top down and the bottom up, all are over the top accommodating. Administration offers guidance without stifling or smothering or micro-management. That freedom to teach out of the box filters through myself as a teaching artist to my classroom artists. They are so relaxed and genuinely interested in how classes are coming along. The administrators truly have the mindset of artists. They get it. Art students. Wow, what an eclectic mix of talent, experienced artists and rookies. In my classes they were eager, attentive, trusting and produced the quality of art that an instructor dreams about! Another bonus with these artists taking classes is that they actually do go home, practice, produce art and are using the techniques and theories being taught. Art students going home and actually using what they learned??? It just says something about the caliber of artists that are participating. In other venues, I haven't had that kind of result. Now, I want to talk about support staff. I so so so very much appreciate Deter. (not sure that is spelled correctly) He is there, checking in to see if I need anything, but usually, he had already met and exceeded my needs. Friendly, willing to work/help support staff is so valuable to an organization. Reception people as I enter the building, immediately greet and ask how they can help. Having that kind of attentiveness as soon as anyone enters the building? Yes, it can make or break the entire experience. First impressions are just what our mothers told us. I don't personally know any of the volunteers by name, but, I have seen them scurrying about.
I will take a moment here as I close to say a special thank you to Brandi and Lydia. You both hold my hand when I need it AND let me work freely. Bless your hearts for being so good to me. Patty O'Kane

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Alliance of the Arts offers a wide variety of high quality arts programming and services that benefit people of all ages and abilities within our community. The staff and volunteers are welcoming, generous, and knowledgeable. It is evident that the Alliance of the Arts, including the dedicated staff and volunteers, truly believe in the power of the arts to enhance and positively impact the members of our community. The Alliance is an enormous asset to Lee County.

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I’ve had the pleasure of being a member of this outstanding arts organization for several years. I applaud the friendliness and warmth shared so generously by the highly professional staff, volunteers, and everyone that makes this organization such a success. I’ve been gratified, over the past eight months, to be teaching specialty classes on the campus; and have witnessed first hand the dedication of Lydia Black and her staff. In recent times, the Alliance has become known to one and all as the overarching arts venue in our region. Here is a unique place where one’s social or economic standing is neither benefit nor liability. The common bond is art in all its variety. Community outreach has achieved new heights. The joy and good will shared by the Alliance is becoming legend.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

As an artist; the freedom to express ones' self without boundaries or constraint. As an instructor, the opportunity to see new artists emerge; as a member of the community, the sheer joy of exposure to the endless variety found in artistic expression.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Alliance of the Arts provides a valuable service for artists and the arts community through outstanding programs, support and an experienced staff of skilled professionals interested in promoting the arts in Lee County. All of my dealings with them have been positive. Most recently the Alliance was a partner in the creation of the first annual Paint the Cape plein air competition and exhibition in Cape Coral. The support of Lydia Black and other members of the organization helped make the event a success! Thank you!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

support they provided to Paint the Cape.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff...Lydia Black and Chelsea.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

WOW!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The staff of this organization seems extremely committed and passionate about the work they do and the clients they serve. This attitude easily translates to their volunteers, as it is evident in the longevity of their tenure and in their enthusiasm of the org's various programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their fundraising art auctions. The art items donated were impressive..some coming from staff, others from artists committed to the cause, and still others from their clients.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the quality of the staff - their commitment to the client and their willingness to seek out new, different, and innovative ways to strengthen their programming.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

artistic, compassionate, committed, accetping, touched by the mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide sustainable sources for decades that would appreciate and nuture the talents and resources of their client base, helping them to successfully fulfill their role of productive citizen and everyone's right to the "pursuit of happiness".

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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