What Exactly Is BIG ARTS?

For those unfamiliar… BIG ARTS is Sanibel & Captiva Island’s home for arts, culture, entertainment and so much more – since 1979!

Each year BIG ARTS presents world-renowned music and dance, professional live theater, distinguished speakers, fine art exhibits, critically acclaimed films, and workshops taught by gifted artists.

We think it’s a great showcase of the talented and friendly Sanibel Community you hear so much about. It’s certainly a great place for new Sanibel residents to dive right in, and learn more about the Sanibel culture.

Did You Know…

When you purchase a home on Sanibel or Captiva Island you will receive a complimentary one year membership to BIG ARTS? Not only that, but the BIG ARTS welcome packet includes a calendar of workshops and events, and also a gift certificate to a performance at BIG ARTS Strauss Theater.


Strauss Theater – Photo Courtesy of BIG ARTS Facebook

We love our BIG ARTS membership, especially the children’s Summer Program. In fact, all of our kids have been through the Summer Camp, with our youngest, Abby just finishing up her last weeks this Summer.

Here she is playing an “umpa lumpa” during last week’s camp theme – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.


Looking to get involved?

Check out the BIG ARTS master calendar for a list of upcoming events. There are a number of informative seminars and smaller series to attend if you are looking to expand your horizons and network with your neighbors.

Our blog – 9 Ways to Get Involved in the Sanibel Community talks about the volunteer opportunities at BIG ARTS and all the ways you can get involved. We encourage you to stop by the BIG ARTS center, or catch the next show at Strauss Theater. You’ll be amazed at the stellar performances that come to our sleepy Sanibel Island!

Click here to read more about BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island.

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