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Art & Poetry Networking Event


• August 19th, 2021 •

GA $10

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Connecting SWFL’s Artists

Join Gulf Coast Leisure at SBDAC for the Art & Poetry Networking Event! Mixed media artists, music, spoken word, and vendors are all highlighted each month.

Attendees also have a chance to network and connect with other like minded people in the arts community. Sign up early to perform, or be a part of the audience and enjoy this interactive music and art showcase!

About the Business


We support and nurture diverse people, cultures and the arts. As a growing community, we need our young professionals to stay. Our local businesses and big corporations need them to stay. South West Florida with the help of GCL will attract and retain creatives who stay engaged, inspired and connected. By giving our creatives a home to express themselves, they enrich every inch of our community. We want to hear from you. We want to support you. We value you. Join our movement and our vision to see SWFL residents inspired & united.


Established in 2012.

Since 2012 Gulf Coast Leisure has developed nightlife events, summer celebrations, community outreach by collaborating with local non-profits and our first and longest running event the renowned Art & Poetry Networking event (APNE), third Thursday of the month. GCL started out as a need that was missing in the area, the ability to self-express and be yourself on a stage in the SWFL community that would be monthly but more importantly consistent. J-Bistro, located in Cape Coral, recognized the need to bring the community together and believed in GCL’s mission and partnered as a venue. In the first few months, we were such a success that we out grew our space by word of mouth. Bottom line, we all have something to express and we needed more space to do it. The Sidney & Berne Davis art center was the perfect home for the GCL movement that was being created, and as they say, the rest is history. GCL then created the underground gritty version of APNE, the infamous Speak My Peace (SMP) Open

Meet the Business Owner

Business owner information

Photo of Marco O.

Marco O.

Business Owner

Born in Cali, Colombia. Migrated with his family to Paterson, New Jersey around one year old to start a new life in the United States filled with new opportunities. At the age of thirteen, |M| moved to Bonita Springs, Florida with his family to start a new opportunity in sunny SWFL. He attended and graduated from East Lee County High School in 2008, went to Edison State College, now called Florida Southwestern where he graduated with an Associates in Arts.

Fun Fact: He speaks both Spanish and English
Quote: Whatever you do as long as it’s thought out, helps evolve humanity, saves mother earth! In general a positive approach, that idea will make you money. If they eat, I eat, we eat forever..|M|
Sign: Gemini

Ticket Policy

All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets except for cancelled events that are not rescheduled. SBDAC does not offer refunds on purchased ticket. In rare circumstances when a performance may be cancelled (due to extreme weather, artist absence, or other unavoidable situations) we offer refunds or replacement tickets for another performance.

Thank you to our 2020 - 2021 Sponsors!