Be SuperHero, Volunteer!

There is no secret that today’s super heroes are seen on TV as characters with super strength, laser vision, that can fly and even leap tall buildings with a single bound, but we never see a super hero with the best super power… The power of Volunteering!!!

Yes, volunteering is in fact a super power and here at the Centesr for the Arts we have a league of super heroes using their super powers every day.

They use it to help our staff with daily tasks that have to be done in a flash, they help with stage and lighting production with amazing strength and precision. They help our instructors with super hearing and anticipating all the little summer camper’s wants and needs.

Yes, being a volunteer for the Centers for the Arts is a SUPER and POWerful way to dedicate your time. Volunteering promotes positive leadership skills for our teen volunteers, offering everyone the opportunity to learn amazing new skills, and get the chance to make a difference in our community and in doing so, inspire others to also volunteer.


So, if you want to be seen as a community super hero, consider volunteering at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs.

For more information on becoming a volunteer and other CFABS community events, please visit

Who: Local Community
What: Volunteering
Where: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
Visual Arts Center – 26100 Old 41 Rd.
Performing Arts Center – 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. SE
When: All Year Around



MAKE THIS YOUR MOST ARTFUL SUMMER EVER Art-Theater-Dance & Music Summer Camps at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Summer Camp Art Classes at CFABS

By Patrice Shields

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) are poised to make this a summer to remember for hundreds of local youth with art, dance, theater and music Summer Camps that begin June 8 and run through August 12, 2016. Full and half-day, week-long camps offer opportunities for students to attend one or more their 130 creative camp offerings for children ages 4 and up. Small age specific camp classes of 15 students or less provide opportunities for children to explore classes that include “Ready Set Sew,” “Intro to Acting,” “Cookonomics,” “Wheel Throwing,” “Graffiti Art” and many more. CFABS mission is to provide affordable opportunities to experience the arts and offer generous scholarships and discounts to families so children can enjoy a summer full of art.

“Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for children in our community to experience the arts without financial constraints,” says CFABS’ Youth Education Director Alana Nanz. “We offer generous discounts and scholarships to everyone who applies. Applying for a scholarship is simple and confidential. Last year we awarded over $100,000 in scholarships, making experiences in the arts a possibility for hundreds of local children.”

Families with young children can chose a themed “Young at Art” class. Designed for children four to five years old, “Young at Art” opens up an art and craft closet full of activities including singing, movement, storytelling, art, crafts and game playing. There is something new each day your child arrives at camp, making drop-off a tearless experience.

Some of CFABS’creative camps include:


  • Musical Theater Master Class
  • Intro to Improv Skills
  • Improv Skills and Performance
  • Intro to Acting
  • Stagecraft: Set & Costume Design
  • Stagecraft: Light & Sound Engineering

Dance & Music:

  • Create Move and Relax
  • Dance and Acrobatics
  • Dance Around the World
  • Dance and Acrobatics
  • Music Lab-Beginner & Intermediate
  • Makin’ Music

Painting & Drawing:

  • Art Show
  • Color My World – Paint with Watercolor
  • Cartooning
  • Paint Like Picasso
  • The Art of Pastels

Film & Photography:

  • Digital Photography
  • Clay Animation
  • Movie Makers


  • Clay Creations
  • Cool Clay
  • Wheel Throwing


  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Drawing and Animation
  • Fashion Design Elements
  • Trashin’ Fashion

Other Camps include:

  • Robotic Arts
  • Artful Architect
  • Gardening & Garden Design
  • Brick by Brick Legos
  • Cookonomics
  • Duct Tape Everything
  • Graffiti Art
  • In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
  • Steamroller Printmaking
  • Ready, Set, Sew

Your child’s summer will be alive with the sound of music when they audition for CFABS Free Youth Theater production of “The Sound of Music Jr.” The production is open to children ages eight and up and there is no cost to participate. Auditions are being held June 7 & 8 from 4:00-7:00pm and can be scheduled by calling 239-495-8989. Performances are August 19-21.

Morning classes run from 9:00am to noon and afternoon classes start at 1:00pm and end at 4:00pm. There are classes designed to inspire and engage budding artists as young as four years old and classes challenging and interesting enough to inspire teens. The Center’s summer art camps are designed so that families can choose just a 3-hour morning class for their child to attend while running errands or for working parents and those looking for a full day of enrichment for their children, morning and afternoon classes are offered with a supervised lunch in the middle for an additional $15. You can also drop your camper off as early as 8:00am or take advantage of the after-camp that includes games, drawing and videos in a supervised setting up until 5:30pm. After camp cost is $25 per week.

Stop by the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs and pick up a catalog or go on-line to for a listing of classes for children and adults. Great scholarships are available.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class (includes Summer Camp Classes), and those who join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.


WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Summer Art, Theater, Dance and Music Camps
WHEN: June 8- August 12. Morning Camp: 9am-Noon, Afternoon Camp 1-4pm. Early morning drop off: 8am, Lunch: Noon-1pm, After camp 4-5:30pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
PRICE: Varies per session. Great discount and scholarships are available.


The kids may be back in school, but the summer fun continues at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.

Education Art Bonita

The kids may be back in school, but the summer fun continues at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. 

 Now through August 25, 2011 the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ August exhibition, “Mix It Up”, is open to the public during regular business hours at CFABS. The transition from summer to fall offers the perfect opportunity to “Mix it Up.”.  “Mix it Up” is an exhibition of mixed media and multimedia artworks created by regional artists.  The exhibition is open to all artists and all media, this exhibition features artworks that combine more than one medium.  This can be a combination of pencil and paint, or possibly clay, wire, wood, metal, etc.  It can be 2D or 3D.  This exhibition offered area artists the opportunity use collage materials that have been tucked away, dried tea bags, old love letters kept in a beautiful box in the garage, natural found objects or reuse items that have been discarded.  Come see what the artists have created!

 Now that the kids are back in school, it is time to treat yourself to the creative outlet you deserve.  On August 22, adult art classes begin.  So don’t forget to pick up a full list of workshops and classes.  Classes include Oil and Acrylic Painting as well as Mastering the Potter’s Wheel.  If your children need an after school activity, then look no further than the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs for fun things to do.  After School and Saturday classes for children ages 4 and up begin on September 6, 2011 and include fun activities like, Print Making & Silk-Screening, Cookonomics, Acting for TV & Film, Wheel Throwing Pottery, Movie Makers, Cartooning and every type of Dance you can imagine.  There is even a class called “Mommy & Me” for children ages 18 months through 3 years.  So don’t allow the words “I’m bored,” in your house this fall, send them to CFABS for afternoons filled with the word “fun.”

 “Cinemaistas” can find a haven with like minded movie buffs by attending the Center for the Arts Film Society’s “Films for Film Lovers” at the Promenade atBonitaBaybeginning on Monday August 15 at 7:00pm.  The series offers 22 films and runs through June of 2012.  Don’t sit at home alone waiting for your next Netflix movie to arrive, enjoy great films at CFABS cozy space at the Promenade to watch films on their giant 9’ by 12’ screen.  This year’s series brings you the best in films from around the world.  August 15, kicks off the series with “Black Book” a film from theNetherlandsabout a young Jewish woman who becomes a spy for the resistance during WWII.  “Ginger and Fred,” a film fromItalyfollows on August 22, 2011. CFABS Promenade Theater is furnished with comfortable chairs and tables.  Wine, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available to enhance your movie viewing experience.  Bring a group of friends or come alone and make some new friends.  You can join in the lively, fun and entertaining discussion after each film, led by a Film Society Chairman and a Film Society Member.  General admission is $8 per person.  You can become a member of the Center for the Art’s Film Society and chose from any of the following packages that offer great savings and VIP seating as well as advance notice of film events, screenings and schedule:  22 Films (the full series) for $126.50, 11 Films (half-series) for $66 or 5 Films (starter-pack) for $35.

 Learn an ancient art while having fun on August 16, 2011 from 5:30-8:30pm at “Raku and You.”  Raku is a centuries old pottery glazing and firing process. The technique produces a lustrous, often metallic, finish. Raku & You is an evening devoted to this ancient process.Attendees choose from a number of bisque fired pots and are introduced to the history of Raku while glazing their pot in a simple or extravagant manner.

While the outdoor kiln heats up to the correct temperature; attendees enjoy a picnic-style meal. Then the fun begins as red hot pottery is plunged into metal containers filled with combustible material. The containers are lidded and the pots rest for a few moments before being quickly cooled with water. The results are spectacular and everyone is invited back into the studio to view each piece. Everyone goes home with their very own raku masterpiece.  The cost is $40 per person.

 Budding actors and actresses are in for a treat this fall with the Youth Theater Department of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  If a Mime gets murdered at a fancy bed and breakfast, does he make a sound?  What if there is no murder at all, just a lot of laughter. Auditions for this “Who didn’t do it” comedy will be held September 7 & 8 by appointment. Auditions are open to ages 12+. The Youth Theater Department is free. Those who are selected to be in the performance will rehearse throughout the fall and will perform on November 4 & 5. Join director Craig Price for this fun musical theater production where students learn not only how to act and sing but also the basics of set and costume design and show promotion.

 Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 4:00p.m.-7:00 p.m., catch an evening summer breeze as you stroll through the Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade viewing Center for the Arts Member artists at work in their studios.  Painters, sculptors, photographers and glass artists, display their work in various storefront locations at the Promenade atBonitaBay. Artists Studios are open Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New exhibitions, and artists, occupy the studios every 30 to 60 days. The last Thursday of each month kicks off a new group of artists and exhibitions in an evening Studio Walk, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., accompanied by musical entertainment, light hors d’ oeuvres and wine.  This event is free and open to the public.

 Friday, September 2, 2011; join fellow art lovers from 6 to 8 p.m. for The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ “Portrait and Figure Exhibition,” opening reception.  Come see what area artists have been creating as they seek to capture the complex and amazing human form.  Peruse works in abstract and realism; enjoy paintings, photography, sculpture and more. Join the artists for hors d’oeuvres, wine and conversation at the opening reception as we learn what inspires them. The exhibition is open to the public during regular business hours at CFABS from September 2 – 29, 2011.  Admission is free.

 Thursday, September 15, 2011; 5:30-8:30 p.m., grab a group of friends and join artist Patty Kane at “Alla Prima, Alla Fun.”   Learn to paint in one sitting and have fun with friends at the same time. At Alla Prima, Alla Fun, painter Patty Kane will walk guests step by step through the painting process. Join friends for pizza, wine and painting. Since Alla Prima is a style of completing a painting in one session, guests will have a masterpiece to take home with them at the end of the evening. The cost for the evening is $42 per person and includes paint, brushes, canvas, aprons, wine, pizza and guidance. This month the painting selection is Flip Flops.

 AsSouthwest Floridaheads into fall, find a date and head to Live! at the Promenade.  The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is proud to present internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Kelvin Fischer of Love Hunter for an evening of acoustic music from his new CD “Drawn to The Light”, as well as other favorites from the band Love Hunter.  The show takes place Thursday, September15 at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 for members of the Center for the Arts and $20 for non-members.

 For those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2011 will receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class to be used by December 31, 2011.  The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information.

 For more information on any of these events call us at 239-495-8989 or visit us or join us on Facebook at Center for theArtsBonitaSprings.  The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is located at 26100 Old 41 Road,BonitaSprings.

“Eccouterre” Greens the Runway at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

Lyrica Parker Trashing Fashion Show at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
Lyrica Parker Trashing Fashion Show Designer

What do old magazines, bottle tops, tinsel from last season’s Christmas tree and empty juice cartons have in common?  Those recycled materials are the components of high fashion to students attending “Trashing Fashion” camp at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Summer campers ranging in ages from nine to eleven spent a week of summer afternoons, creating “Ecouterre” masterpieces that would make Jean Paul Gaultier chartreuse with envy.

 Bonita Charter School art teacher Stacey Strell created the idea for “Trashing Fashion” while leading a peer counseling leadership class for eighth grade students.   “The students really wanted to promote recycling at their school and Project Runway happened to be running an episode on using recycled materials,” offers Stacey.  “The project just took off from there.”

 Fourteen campers spent their first day brainstorming with Stacey on their design concepts.  “I asked them to think about what they had at home and what materials we had on hand,” explains Stacey.  “I wanted them to think about fashion as another way to express their individuality.  I also wanted them be conscious that great fashion did not have to cost a lot of money or have a negative effect on the environment.”   

 A pillbox hat made from an orange juice carton fashioned to a headband and a dress made completely from paint sample swatches were a direct result of Stacey’s ability to draw out the individual vision and style from each of her students.  “The girls never wanted to take a break, they were so excited about the process,” adds Stacey.  “The students were completely responsible for every aspect of the creative process, including designing their outfits and picking the music and theme for their fashion show at the end of the class.”

 Chairs full of excited parents and campers lined the lighted runway that ran down the center of the main gallery at Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.   Attendees were greeted by CFABS performing Arts Director Craig Price, dressed in a garbage can and acting as the MC for the “Trashing Fashion” show.  Smoke billowed onto the stage as the first of fourteen Designer/Models strutted her recycled individuality down the catwalk.  “They came up with the smoke machine and using the garbage cans and recycle bins as stage props,” explains Stacey.  Each of the students also wrote the descriptions of their recycled masterpieces on a cue card for the MC to read. As Amanda Oleska strode down the runway Craig Price read her design description to the audience, “My name is Amanda, and I’m eleven-years old.  My dress is made out of duck tape, recycled fabric and paint samples.  My bracelet is made out of straws.”

“The really nice thing about the class is that the girls gain so much confidence about who they are because they really have to make a commitment to their vision,” offers Jordan Smith, Youth Education Director at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  “One student actually collected 1,500 can tabs to create her outfit.”  Jordan suggests that students check out similar classes that are being held throughout the summer at CFABS.   Eco is Green and Over the Top and Under Construction are both courses that explore using recycled and alternative materials in art.  The not to be missed Steamroller Art Week begins on July 25, 2011 offering print making classes for children six and up as well as adults.  The Culmination of this week is the ridiculously cool, print making in the parking lot with the help of an actual Steamroller driven by Jordan Smith. 

 For a full list of summer camp classes call 239-495-8989 or visit on-line at

 You don’t have to be a member to enjoy all of the activities at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Those who want to become members receive discounts on classes, shows and other events.  Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2011 will receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class to be used by December 31, 2011.  The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information.

 WHAT:  Trashing Fashion – Summer Camps at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

WHEN: 9am -4pm now through August 19, 2011

WHERE: The Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs,Florida

FEE: Varies by Camp Class

INFORMATION: 239-495-8989 or

What’s So Funny About the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

Who:   Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Youth Theater

What:  “School House Rock Live Jr.” Performed by the Center for the Arts Youth Theater Department

When:  Friday, August 5, 2011; 7:00 p.m.: Saturday, August 6, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Where: Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S Bay Dr, Bonita Springs,Florida

Cost:    $5 all tickets

Information:  239-495-8989 or

What’s so funny about the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs?   Some would say it’s their Performing Arts Director, Craig Price. On a recent Tuesday morning Craig and a group of children attending his Improv class at CFABS played a game of Zip, Zap, Zop.  This well-known game, often used as a theatre preparation exercise had everyone in the circle engaged and grinning sending “zips”, “zaps” and ultimately “zops” to each other.

“When I am teaching acting to kids, the main focus for me is building self-esteem, establishing confidence and teaching teamwork,” offers Craig.

“Once they gain that confidence and they see they can do it, they just explode with pride and that light comes on in their eyes.  That is the most rewarding experience forme.” explains Price.

Price brings a “SecondCity” full of experience to the classes he teaches at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  After graduating fromWhittenbergUniversitywith a B.A. in Theatre and English he moved on to train at the famousSecondCityand Improv Olympic and with the renowned teacher Del Close. Craig learned his craft from the same teacher who turned out talent like Tina Fey, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner.

Price lights up when he talks about teaching children.  His enthusiasm landed him in the roll of Assistant Director on WGCU’s “Curious Kids”.  Parent’s from St. Anne’s School inNaples, where he taught acting for five years suggested him for the project. 

“Taking theater to the next level with a television show starring children is an amazing opportunity,” adds Price. “If I could offer any advice to parents who think they have budding stars in their homes, it is to enroll them in a theater class.  They will gain so much confidence and learn how to work with others and not have to be the one in center stage all of the time.”  Price is currently auditioning children age 10 and up for The Center for the Arts Youth Theater production of “School House Rock Live! Jr.”

Craig teaches and coordinates all of the theater classes for adults and children in addition to coordinating all of the talent that performs at the Live! at the Promenade events CFABS puts on each month.   Price books an array of talent including Jay Taylor, Country Western singer/songwriter who will be performing on July to virtuoso pianist Naomi Niskala.

“I feel so fortunate that at 46 years old I am able to do what I love and I get paid for it,” Craig explains about his position with the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Craig’s adult classes at CFABS include Improv Workshop I which is starting up the week of July 5, 2011.  Price suggests this class to anyone who wants to be more comfortable speaking in front of people or to gain an introduction to acting. Craig Price will teach you to perform improv games and scenes all based on audience suggestions.  Readers Theater is another class offered in July at CFABS.  Price guarantees that in just two-hours a week for six-weeks you’ll learn how to prepare a role for a staged reading, and then perform it on stage with others first time actors.

Craig’s favorite theater exercise is a game called Freeze.  In Freeze, two actors start an improvised scene. At any point in time another player can call Freeze. This player then tags out one of the two actors, and takes his place. Both players then start a new scene, justifying the often unusual positions they are in.

“Freeze is a great way to teach, ‘Yes – And,’” adds Price.  “If there is one thing I would want students to walk away from class with it is the concept of ‘yes-And.’  Yes, what you did was great…And now how can I enhance it.”

“Yes,” the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs offers great theater classes “And” taking a class from Craig Price would be a once in a lifetime experience.

Don’t miss the Center for the Arts Youth Theater production of School House Rock Live Jr. at the Promenade on August 5 and 6, 2011.

Who:   Center for the Arts ofBonitaSpringsWhat:  “School House Rock Live Jr.” Performed by the Center for the Arts Youth Theater Department

When:  Friday, August 5, 2011; 7 p.m.: Saturday, August 6, 32and 7 p.m.

Where: Promenade atBonitaBay,26811 S Bay Dr,BonitaSprings,FloridaCost:    $5 all tickets

School bells are ringing and students are singing! “Live At the Promenade!” The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is proud to present School House Rock Live! Jr. As summer winds down and the school year starts again, it’s time to head back to the classroom. In School House Rock Live! Jr. audiences meet Tom Mizer, a young teacher, as he anxiously prepares for his first day of school. Attempting to calm his fears, he turns on the television to find the educational cartoon show everyone knows and loves, Schoolhouse Rock, playing. Tom gets drawn in and soon the teacher is sucked into the television show. We meet a slew of colorful personalities as the entire company tries to comfort him and prepare him for his first day. Featuring many crowd-pleasing favorites, such as “Conjunction Junction” and “Interplanet Janet”, this musical is sure to entertain the entire community.

Information 495-8989 or

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2001 and receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class (including theater classes) to be used by December 31, 2011.  The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information.

Free Summer Youth Theater Program -Auditions June 15 & 16

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Youth Theater Program
Free Youth Theater Summer Program

School bells are ringing and students are singing! Audition for this popular adaptation of the original School House Rock Live! that will be performed by our Youth Theater Department in August. Auditions are open to ages 10+. Call 495-8989 to schedule an audition time on June 15 or 16. Rehearsals will begin in June.

The Youth Theater Program has no cost and is free and open to all area youth ages 10 and up. There is no previous experience required to participate in the theater program.  You can learn more by visiting us at:

Youth Theater presents ‘Bad Play’

WHAT: “All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play” written by Werner Trieschmann
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, July 30 and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 31
WHERE: Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S Bay Dr, Space 114, Bonita Springs, Florida
ADMISSION: $3 children, $5 adults
INFORMATION: 495-8989 or

On Friday, July 30 the Center for the Arts Youth Theater Department will debut their play “All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play” by Werner Trieschmann.
The cast, ranging in ages from 11 to 14 have been in rehearsal since May. The play is based on several disastrous theatrical experiences. “Bad Play” peels back the tattered curtain to examine the process of putting on a show that is less than good. A stuffy narrator guides the audience through the sorry process—from audition, to rehearsal and the opening curtain. This bad play within a play won’t win any awards, but will keep the audiences in stitches.
“Anyone who has every done theater, or been to the theater will enjoy this farse,“.said Tabitha Cuomo, Youth Theater Director. “This play showcases everything that could and does go wrong in the the theater. From an angry stage manager who wasn’t cast, to a director who is hyped up on coffee and unable to make sound decisions “
The play begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 30 and at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. Tickets are $3 for youth and $5 for adults and are available art the door or by calling the Center for the Arts at 495-8989. The play will take place at the Live! performance space at The Promenade, 26811 S Bay Dr ,space 114.
A full list of Center for the Arts events is available at or by calling 495-8989.