Family Programming
2013 - 2014 Season

NEW! $5 Child & Student Tickets:

Children 17 and under: $5 ticket(s) with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Students with Valid Student ID: $5

Herb Strauss Theater 2013-2014 Season Printable Ticket Order Form
BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall 2013-2014 Season Printable Ticket Order Form

BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp for age 4 through grade 5

BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp

For Ages 4 & 5 and Grades 1st – 5th

June 2 - August 1
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 3 pm
Cost: $150 per week (Tuition Assistance Available)
BIG ARTS Center 

The 2014 BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp is now open for enrollment for ages four (4) and five (5) as well as for children who will be attending 1st grade through 5th grade in the fall of 2014. Each week of the BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp will feature a fun theme with programs and classes revolving around the theme. For children aged four and five as well as campers enrolled in first through fifth grade, the weekly camp themes include creative themes like:

  • Week 1: June 2 – June 6: Animal Kingdom
  • Week 2: June 9 - June 13: Around the World in 5 Days
  • Week 3: June 16 - June 20: Imagine, Create, Illustrate
  • Week 4: June 23 - June 27: I’m A Rock Star!
  • Week 5: June 30 - July 4: Stars and Stripes
  • There will be no camp on July 4th at BIG ARTS Center but campers may participate in the Sanibel 4th of July Parade.

  • Week 6: July 7 - July 11: Beach Party!
  • Week 7: July 14 - July 18: Superheroes Unite!
  • Week 8: July 21 - July 25: Mission Is-Possible with Art
  • Week 9: July 28 - August 1: Under the Big Top

Camp begins promptly at 9 am. Please plan on providing a non-perishable snack, lunch and drink for each day your child attends camp. Although a water fountain is available, there will not be access to refrigeration or a microwave for the campers.

Registration Form for Ages 4 and 5
Registration Form for Grades 1st - 5th
Summer Arts Camp Tuition Assistance Form


Sponsors: Sanibel - Captiva Kiwanis Foundation,
The L.A.T. Foundation, Hans and Leslie Fleischner
& Sanibel - Captiva Community Bank

BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp for middle and high school students

BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp

For Middle School and High School Students

June 2 – August 1
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm
Morning: 9 am – 11:30 am
Afternoon: 12 pm – 3 pm
Cost: $80 per week (Tuition Assistance Available)

Middle school and high school age children may sign up for BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp and are also eligible to submit an application to volunteer as part of the BIG ARTS Fine Arts Apprentice Program to receive volunteer/community service hours. BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp for this age group features a half day of classes. The enrollment fee to participate in just the camp or to participate in the camp as well as in the BIG ARTS Fine Arts Apprentice volunteer program is $80 per week. Tuition assistance may be available for all ages groups enrolled in BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp.
Middle school and high school students enrolled in BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp and BIG ARTS Fine Arts Apprentice Program may participate class sessions held in the morning, from 9 am to 11:30 am or in the afternoon, from 12:30 pm to 3 pm and involves a half day class and a half day volunteering. This level of camp features more advanced projects and skills including:

  • Week 1: June 2 – June 6: Fused Glass
  • Week 2: June 9 - June 13: Geometric Drawing
  • Week 3: June 16 – June 20: Irish Dancing
  • Week 4: June 23 - June 27: Print Making
  • Week 5: June 30 - July 4: Photography
  • There will be no camp on July 4th at BIG ARTS Center but participants in the BIG ARTS Fine Arts Apprentice Program will be asked to help with the younger campers for the Sanibel 4th of July Parade.

  • Week 6: July 7 - July 11: Acrylic Painting
  • Week 7: July 14 - July 18: Film Production I
  • Week 8: July 21 - July 25: Film Production II
  • Week 9: July 28 - August 1: Photography

Camp begins promptly at 9 am. Please plan on providing a non-perishable snack, lunch and drink for each day your child attends camp. Although a water fountain is available, there will not be access to refrigeration or a microwave for the campers.

Registration Form for Fine Arts Apprentice Program
Registration Form for Middle/High School Students
Summer Arts Camp Tuition Assistance Form


Sponsors: Sanibel - Captiva Kiwanis Foundation,
The L.A.T. Foundation, Hans and Leslie Fleischner
& Sanibel - Captiva Community Bank

Previous Family Events This Season

BIG ARTS Family day

BIG ARTS Annual Family Day

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

3 - 5 pm, Sunday, May 4
BIG ARTS Center 

An afternoon of free musical, educational and festive fun for everyone! BIG ARTS Family Day includes an array of live performances, featuring the Sanibel School steel drum band and performing arts students, winners of the Lee County 2014 Young Artists Awards, the multicultural Community Youth Chorus as well as numerous talented local artists.

Members of the Southwest Florida Symphony will be available throughout the afternoon, demonstrating a variety of musical instruments and explaining each instrument’s role in the orchestra. The interactive program provides a hands-on experience for all-ages. Everyone is also invited to the opening reception for the youth art exhibits, Beyond the Refrigerator Door in Phillips Gallery and Open Doors in Founders Gallery.

Complimentary snacks, treats and refreshments will be provided throughout afternoon, with Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream dishing up flavorful frozen desserts and Catering by Leslie Adams serving an assortment of goodies.


Supporter Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream
Phillips Gallery Patron Season Sponsor June Rosner
and Russ Bilgore
Founders Gallery Season Sponsor Deborah and John La Gorce

BIG ARTS Greg Marshall National Geographic

National Geographic LIVE! Greg Marshall

Vice President, National Geographic Society, Remote Imaging

7:30 pm, Friday, March 14, 2014
BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall 

Biologist, inventor, filmmaker and two-time Emmy Award winner for cinematography and sound (National Geographic Specials Great White Sharks and Sea Monsters: Search for the Giant Squid) Greg Marshall, has dedicated his career to exploring and documenting the behavioral ecology of animals in remote or otherwise inaccessible environments.
During a research dive in Belize in 1986, Marshall encountered a shark and as he imagined the unique perspective of a remora clinging to the shark's side, Marshall conceived of an animal-borne imaging system that would mimic the remora and enable a study of host species behavior. He began developing a research tool to record images, sound and data from the animal perspective. Providing direct observation of animal behavior over temporal and spatial scales that are unprecedented, the "Crittercam" has been used by Marshall and his team in studies of whales, sharks, seals, turtles, penguins and other marine and terrestrial species.
Funded by the National Geographic Society, philanthropic foundations and federal grants, Marshall has created a collaborative research program engaging scientists worldwide. To date, he and his Remote Imaging Department have worked with dozens of science teams in studies of more than 50 species. Marshall earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from Georgetown University and a master's degree in marine science from SUNY Stony Brook.
The unique images Crittercam captures provide an intimate connection to the challenges animals face in the wild. Marshall will share these images and the novel stories they convey through National Geographic films intended to inspire caring and conservation.

General: $35 | Student/Child $5


Sponsors: Bailey's General Store
and Hans & Leslie Fleischner


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.

Sponsor: Sanibel Susan


BIG ARTS archedream humankind

ArcheDream for HUMANKIND

"Deep Blue"

7:30 pm, Saturday, November 30, 2013
BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall 

With fantastical costumes and supernatural dreamscape sets illuminated by ultra-violet light, ArcheDream for HUMANKIND portrays archetypal characters in mystical allegories. Their longest running show, "Deep Blue" (2004) features solo and group dances with day, night, the lizard, the birds, air and the phoenix experiencing a world like no other. Elements and emotions come to life through theatre and dance, setting the stage in a quest to unite, uplift and empower youth and adults alike.
With mesmerizing costumes and intriguing illusions, "Deep Blue" is fun for all ages and will leave the audience wondering, "was that just a dream?"

General: $35 | Student/Child $5


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