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We Are Overflowing

Date: Aug 21, 2019
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Session Description

We Are Overflowing is a use of the power of art to convey Recycle/Reuse issue. Lee County Solid Waste had a vision: To use the power of art to show how important it is to conserve our limited natural resources ... and to inspire re-use and upcycling . They partnered with ArtFest Fort Myers to help that vision become a reality through a high-impact sculpture — made from re-purposed, discarded and cast-off materials — that sends an important message: “As a country we are overflowing with trash and recyclables.” Come hear from these 2 organizations to discover how your festival can use this concept to convey important social initiatives while also creating great sponsor partnership opportunities.

SHARON MCALLISTER

Executive Director ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc.

Sharon McAllister, Executive Director of ArtFest Fort Myers, southwest Florida’s premier art festival and largest weekend event with 95,000 attendees has been in the festival industry for 20 years. Directing a 4-person staff, Sharon is responsible for the festival’s vision, sponsorships and marketing. She is dedicated to the pursuit of applying new technology and best practices to ArtFest Fort Myers and events & festivals overall. A 20-year member of FFEA and past Board member, Sharon has a BBA from the University of Hawaii and MBA from the University of Chicago. For 18 of those years she transformed a meager craft event into an award winning & nationally recognized art festival bringing an unparalleled art experience and economic impact to the southwest Florida community. Sharon’s commitment to creating a vibrant Fort Myers has resulted in her being directly involved in the entire planning process of the downtown waterfront redevelopment plan and the arts and event management in the City.


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