ArtFest Fort Myers debuted in February 2001, has been held annually the first weekend of February, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary the weekend of January 31, through February 2, 2020 and has become Southwest Florida’s largest weekend event and premier art festival; and
Whereas, ArtFest Fort Myers attracts over 95,000 visitors annually to the Fort Myers River District reaching across all social boundaries to inspire diversity, fellowship, and economic activity; and
Whereas, ArtFest Fort Myers annually provides a venue for 200+ artists to pursue their success as small business owners; and
Whereas, ArtFest Fort Myers supports art education in Lee County Schools and after school programs on a year-round basis; and
Whereas, ArtFest Fort Myers has expanded to include Publix Run To The Arts, a 5K bringing together the best life has to offer: health & fitness, and arts & culture. This recent expansion also includes We Are Overflowing, an exhibit to inspire Rethinking Waste and Recycling through the messaging of art.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida proclaims January 31, 2020 through February 02, 2020 as ARTFEST FORT MYERS DAYS in Lee County and encourage all citizens to show their appreciation towards the many artists and organizations who dedicate themselves to enhancing the quality of life in our community for the benefit of all our citizens and visitors.