The Visual Arts Center is a 501(c)3 non‐profit organization dedicated to the creation and enjoyment of the arts in Southwest Florida. Founded in 1961 by local artists, its mission is to inspire, explore, create and promote the visual arts in an effort to enrich the life in our community. It is supported by membership dues, class fees, special events, annual gifts, corporate sponsorships, and grants. Membership is open to all. To learn more about our organization, view our nonprofit profile on the Giving Partner website.

Vision​: To provide everyone a place to enjoy the arts with opportunities to learn and appreciate all visual art forms​.

Mission: To inspire, explore, create and promote the visual arts​.


We are fortunate to have an incredible team of volunteers who work tirelessly every day to support our small staff and make sure every visitor has a fantastic experience at the VAC. It takes a wealth of time and resources to maintain our facilities, employ professional instructors and host events and exhibits for the community. Income from classes and membership dues pays for 60% of the Visual Arts Center's annual operating costs. The rest must come from donations, sponsorships and fundraising events. We have many opportunities each year for event, exhibit and awards sponsorships. More information can be found on the Corporate Partnership page.

The Visual Arts Center Endowment Trust provides long term financial management of donated funds to support the future of the arts and provide long term funding sustainability for the Visual Arts Center. It is managed by a Visual Arts Center Endowment Trust Board. More information can be found on the Endowment Trust page.

Annual Reports

As a Nonprofit, we strive to stay transparent and open about how our donations are used. Everyone is welcome to download our Annual Reports, available below as a PDF, for an overview of our fiscal year.