“As a native Floridian and principally raised here in Southwest Florida, I developed an early appreciation for the arts through our public school system. It was there I had my first experiences with live theater, ballet, and orchestra, experiences that launched me into a career in the arts. This inspiration took me all the way to The Juilliard School and right back here to Southwest Florida. We must never lose sight of the tremendous impact the performing and visual arts can have on the quality of life for everyone, especially our future generations. Fostering imagination and creative thinking helps children connect to themselves and their cultures. The arts can speak directly to their dreams and aspirations.” –Jim Griffith, Director & CEO
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center was once just a dream and it is now a reality. The visual and performing arts we present at this Center breathe economic and cultural life into our community with its impact going well beyond entertainment. This is demonstrated through the rebirth of our historic downtown River District. Besides the powerful impact on our quality of life, education, employment, and volunteer opportunities, our vibrant “Center of Attention” now generates revenue for public and private sectors through increased spending on non-arts activities. We are now an arts destination! Congratulations to all who have helped make this dream a reality.
On behalf of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center board of directors, staff, and volunteers we welcome you to enjoy the offering of our incredible programs. Please be involved in and help us share our educational opportunities and outreach programs throughout the community as we enrich the lives of all who choose to experience what we have to share.
As we look to the future with our final phase of work to create a rooftop sculpture garden and reception area, we hope you will play a leadership role in helping us to achieve our future goals.