As ArtFest Fort Myers ramps up preparations for its 3-day art festival on February 1-3, it has announced the addition of three new board members, Laura Chmielewski, Mark Loren and Alberto Rodriguez. All three have strong business experience, which underscores the message recently delivered by the Arts & Economic Prosperity Study that “the arts mean business” here in Lee County.
Laura Chmielewski is the Marketing Director of the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau. She brings her passion for the arts and extensive experience in destination marketing and event management to the ArtFest board.
Mark Loren, owner of Loren Designs, has a love of the arts and reputation for giving back to the community. He is creating valuable partnership ideas within the arts community and its supporters.
Alberto Rodriguez, Chief Administrative Officer of the Lee County School District shares his commitment to providing Lee County students with a well-rounded education that includes the arts.
Long-term and dedicated board members Judy Weiner (Artist Relations Chair), Kristin Woolam (Art Under 20 Chair), and Sharon McAllister (Executive Director) complete the ArtFest Fort Myers Board of Directors.
“ArtFest Fort Myers welcomes these new Board of Directors members and their commitment to ‘arts mean business’ and bringing a world-class art experience to our community,” ArtFest stated in announcing the new board members. The festival also drew attention to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study conducted by American for the Arts in tandem with the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. That study concluded that Lee County non-profit arts and cultural organizations like ArtFest generated 2,038 annual full-time jobs and $68.3 million in annual economic impact in 2010, and were responsible in attracting more than 522,000 people from other counties, states and countries to Lee County for their events.
“The arts are truly an ‘economic engine’ sustaining an industry that is one of the fastest growing in the State of Florida,” the ArtFest press release thus concludes. “Supporting the arts does more than create quality of life – supporting the arts create jobs!”
ArtFest Fort Myers is an annual juried fine art festival. In 2013, the festival will take place February 1-3 in the Fort Myers River District. The art festival’s mission is to provide the community with an exceptional art experience, nurture the understanding of diverse art forms, and support arts in education.
Join the experience with 200 artists from across the county and around the world; the largest high school art exhibit and competition in south Florida, and free interactive art experiences for children of all ages.
For more information, please visit www.ArtFestFortMyers.com.