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From Everyone At BIG ARTS

Dear friends of BIG ARTS,
No matter where you are in the world, I’m sure you’ve heard of the cataclysmic impact of Hurricane Ian on our beloved Sanibel and Captiva Islands. We are so happy to report that BIG ARTS is one of the few intact, standing buildings in good condition. Were it not for the generosity and commitment of so many people who pitched in to help build our new home in 2019, BIG ARTS would not have survived.
While we are working our way through getting basic communications up and running and determining next steps, we promise to keep you well-informed with updates.
To all our friends on the islands, the whole staff and board sends our heartfelt love and support. We look forward to the day when we will soon be together again celebrating a bright and beautiful renewal.
Lee Ellen Harder, Executive Director
...and the amazing BIG ARTS team

Stay tuned and check back often for updates about BIG ARTS progress as we make our way through this challenging time.


To create great arts, entertainment and learning experiences that
always inspire, enrich and delight.


Provide an array of quality entertainment, arts and education programs that enrich and nurture the lives of Sanibel and Captiva residents and visitors through:

  • Professionally led arts and enrichment classes and workshops for students of all ages.

  • Stimulating and informative lectures and group discussions with renowned national thought leaders and educators.

  • Dynamic visual and performing arts presentations of the highest caliber.

Administrative Offices, Performance Hall, Gallery & Classrooms
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct-Apr
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May-Sep
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct-July
Sunday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct-May

Open one hour prior to any performance
Holiday Hours
BIG ARTS will be closed:
December 24 and 25

Become A Member


Our donors make BIG ARTS possible. Please consider joining us as valued supporters.
Your donation helps make it possible for BIG ARTS to offer fabulous programs that help
enrich our community and our lives through artistic expression, exploration and engagement.
BIG ARTS is supported by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.