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The Centers for the Arts began in 1959 when Ruth Hardy gathered 15 artists and conducted the first community art classes at the old Village Clubhouse on Old 41 Road. As Bonita Springs has grown, the Centers for the Arts has kept pace providing opportunities for artistic expression, education, and appreciation in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Phase I of our 10-acre campus was opened in April of 2000, providing galleries, painting and drawing studios, offices and a lovely gift shop.

Two years later, in November of 2002, we opened Phase II, introducing our Morean Clay Studio; our Sculpture Studios; Computer Studio and Lab; Printmaking Studio; and Braniff Library.

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs offers a wide variety of classes for all ages. Members and artists of the Centers for the Arts offer their time and talents to bring a variety of outreach programs to local schools, neighborhoods, and organizations. We host three National Arts Festivals each year, in January, February, and March - drawing talented artists from all across the United States and the world.

We provide year-round programs in many disciplines for all who wish to learn, study or simply appreciate a wide variety of art and cultural events. We are a place for all seasons and all ages.
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