Community Collaborations

2013-2014 Season

FREE Child & Student Tickets for Select Community Collaborations Programs:

Children 17 and under: FREE child ticket(s) with the purchase of an adult ticket. Please reserve all child tickets in advance to guarantee seats. Students with Valid Student ID: FREE ticket when reserved in advance. Please call BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900 to reserve student/child tickets.

Previously this Season

Big ARTS Island jazz

Island Jazz

3 pm, Sunday, April 6, 13, 20, 27
BIG ARTS Boler Garden  

The band, comprised of talented amateur, semi-professional, and professional musicians, plays all styles of music from jazz standards and Dixieland to be-bop, pop, and more. Frequent guest players include many of the best jazz musicians in southwest Florida: Harry Reiner (trumpet), Gene Federico (guitar), Louis Pradt (clarinet and flute), Charlie Winkler (piano), Babe VanDeVelde (saxophone), Tom Cooley (drums) and Bill Johns (bass). In case of rain, the concert will move to BIG ARTS Gainer Veranda.

Concerts are free. Bring a chair and enjoy the music.

BIG ARTS photo scavenger hunt

Photography Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BIG ARTS Center 

Participants will meet at BIG ARTS Center to receive a map and set of clues before setting off on an afternoon adventure filled with discovery and camaraderie. Conceptual interpretations of the clues are encouraged and the digital photographs will be showcased during the evening reception. Proceeds from event benefit BIG ARTS scholarship programs.

3 pm: Pick up clues and map
5 pm: Participants return to BIG ARTS for gourmet boxed dinner
6 pm: Dessert reception and video showcase of the day's photographs, with awards ceremony

Tickets: $45 per team member (includes the day's activities, dinner and reception)
or $8 to attend video showcase & reception only
To purchase tickets please call BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900.

Sanibel Susan
BIG ARTS Band Concert

BIG ARTS Concert Band

Spring Performance

7 pm, Friday, March 28, 2014

THE BIG ARTS Concert Band is now under the baton of new conductor, Michael Lamade. The band, composed of 40 musicians representing 15 states and Canada will offer a concert that is sure to appeal to all, young and old. The program includes Sousa marches, Selections from Oklahoma! , light concert pieces, plus a trumpet solo with band accompaniment of the classic Carmichael hit, Stardust.

Vocal renditions of I Dreamed a Dream, from Les Miserables, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow will also be offered by Kathleen Lamade, soprano, accompanied by the band.

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall

Led by Mike Lamade, the BIG ARTS Concert Band will cover an assortment of well-known favorites.

Adult: $7 | Student/Child: Free
To purchase adult tickets and to reserve student/child seats, please call BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900.


BIG ARTS Community Chorus

Spring Concerts:

7 pm, Tuesday, March 25, 2014

7 pm, Thursday, March 27, 2014

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall

The 80-voice BIG ARTS Community Chorus, led by Steve Cramer, will be singing some of their favorite tunes.

Adult: $10 | Student/Child: Free
To purchase adult tickets and to reserve student/child seats, please call BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900.

BIG ARTS Writers Holiday Read

Writers Spring Read

7:30 pm, Thursday, March 13, 2014
BIG ARTS Phillips Gallery 

The program is scheduled to include readings by Joyce Rand (The Funeral of Martin Luther King, poem), Jane Hogg (Memory of Mine, prose), Lorraine Walker Williams (From My Window, poem and My Mother Has Not Disappeared, poem), Hazel Barber (Down Memory Lane, prose), Bev Forslund (Golf, poem), Chris Godwin (Tidal Time, poem and At The Children's Book Fair, poem), Maryanne Daly (What Is It?, prose), Morton Levy (The Fence, poem), Fran Starkweather (Twenty Toes, prose), Harriet Edwards (And So I Make Soup For You, poem) and Martha Jeffers (five limericks).

After an intermission, the Writers Read will continue with readings by Joe Pacheco (Christie Hiawatha, poem and The Night After Christmas 2013, poem), Beth Warner (Bad Housekeeping, prose), Gary McLouth (Woman at O'Hare, poem), Nancy Jones Mann (Pot Roast, poem and The Girdle, poem), Laurie Pickens (It's Enough, prose), Chris Boesen (What To Do, Oh What To Do, prose), Sandy Greco (The Past, poem and Train Tracks, poem) and Tanya Hochschild (A Remote Place, prose).
Members of the Sanibel-Captiva Island Writers have been meeting weekly since 1984 to share their work and help build a community of thriving writers. Selections have been chosen carefully for quality and listener friendliness by a special selection committee.


Adult: $5 | Student/Child: Free with adult
To purchase adult tickets and to reserve student/child seats, please call BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900.

BIG ARTS BIG ARTS Community Theater

Community Theater
A. R. Gurney's Love Letters

7:30 pm, Monday, March 10

Community Players
at Herb Strauss Theater

BIG ARTS Community Players will present a reading of A. R. Gurney's Love Letters, starring Robert Runck and Molly Downing. The play is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. The actors read the evocative, touching and frequently funny, letters aloud. Love Letters was a finalist for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Community Players welcome volunteers to work on all aspects of production - both on stage and behind-the-scenes. The Players provide local live theater, performed for the community, by the community. For more information about volunteering call the office at (239) 395-0900 or email

General: $12 | Student/Child: Free
To purchase adult tickets and to reserve student/child seats, please call BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900.

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