“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.

Upcoming Events
Fri 26

Southwest Florida Symphony “All About Music”

August 26 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sep 02

Where I’ve Been and Where I Am

September 2 at 6:00 pm - September 20 at 5:00 pm
Sep 05

Events Calendar

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Creativity Unleashed: Organization Nurtures Southwest Florida’s Talent

From Gulfshore Life: Gulf Coast Leisure Art & Poetry Networking Events brings out diverse crowds every month. As Southwest Florida’s artists, musicians, actors and dancers gear up for season, we know we’ll be treated to high quality performances and exhibits that...
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Call to Visual & Performing Artists!

Love Your Rebellion’s Curiosity Bazaar Saturday, November 19th 2016 Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 12pm – 5pm LYR Needs YOU! Love Your Rebellion is recruiting vendors, performers, and instructors in the following areas: Vendors Handmade  Antiques Vintage DIY...
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Big Players in SWFL Business Become Newest Board Members to Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center proudly announces the appointment of five new board members to its Board of Directors: Susan Faw, Don Gross, Molly Maggiano, Carol Osterhout, and Pamela Templeton. Effective immediately, these five will join our current board...
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Art Center featured in Gulf Coast Woman Mag

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is featured in the SPACES section of Gulf Coast Woman Magazine. Click below to see the article online! Pick up your copy at any Publix location! Read Full...
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Indie movies return to Davis Art Center in Fort Myers

TGIM is back for more indie movies and more local celebrity judges every month at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa Tschari DeHaven are returning to emcee the popular event starting Monday night. TGIM — or “Thank God for Indie...
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