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The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, run by Florida Arts, Inc. (a 501c3 organization), is a must-see attraction with a colorful history. The center is dedicated to bringing world-class art events to the Southwest Florida community. Within our restored, state-of-the-art facility, we present a wide range of events to the public. From concerts to art exhibitions, galas to lectures, and providing educational arts experiences for children and adults alike– we promise excellence!


Our Mission Statement

Florida Arts, Inc. nurtures innovation and excellence in the visual and performing arts via exhibitions, performances, education, and community outreach.  Through our development and management of the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, we carry on the legacy of Berne Davis and her mission to provide a world-class venue and open access to the arts for all Members of the Southwest Florida Community.

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Regular Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
9:00am – 5:00pm

Open 6-10pm during Art Walk
(1st Friday’s of every month)
Check event listings for
additional times we are open


Or Call: 239.333.1933

Our History

The land where the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is built has a long and colorful history and therefore, has become part of the local heritage. The site was originally a Native American Calusa settlement hundreds of years ago. Between the early 1900’s when the beautiful masterpiece of Neoclassic Revival architecture was built, to our present day’s art center, our building has gone through many changes.

Did You Know?

The two cylindrical sculptures located outside the building were donated to the City of Fort Myers by Florida Power & Light Company. The work, titled “The Caloosahatchee Manuscripts,” was completed by artist Jim Sanborn in 2001. The cylinder on the left (when facing the building) includes a list of the Latin names for various plants. These are all plants Thomas Edison collected in the Fort Myers area and throughout the state of Florida in his search for a carbon-based source of light-bulb filament.

From our CEO, Jim Griffith

“As a native Floridian 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.”

Thank you to our 2019 - 2020 Sponsors!