BIG ARTS in Sanibel Island logo.
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Vision & Mission

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Support BIG ARTS


“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:
An old black and white photo of a house on the beach.
BIG ARTS Original home circa 1970s – donated and moved from the beach. It remained BIG ARTS offices and box office until the new building was erected in 2020.

BIG ARTS History

Great communities create great organizations – not the other way around. In 1979 BIG ARTS was created by and for the community and owes its rich history to a small band of dedicated artists who drew inspiration from each other and from the breathtaking island beauty that infused their work with grace and authenticity. They set out to create a special gathering place where artistic and educational experiences were accessible to all. Today that vision is alive and well. With the help of our loyal donors and supporters, BIG ARTS will carry that vision forward — providing joy, inspiration and a sense of community for generations to come.

“For 8 or 9 years, we met in each other’s homes, in churches, at the library, on the green or at the beach – wherever we could find space for shows and gatherings. It started out as artists and friends supporting each other and dreaming…and it grew in leaps and bounds.” – (Former Mayor) Mike Klein & Polly Matsumoto, Members of Original Founders Group

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