Thursday, January 27, 2022

The Arts Advisory Committee

city of Marco Island - City Seal

city of Marco Island – City Seal

The Arts Advisory Committee (AAC) was created in 2004 by the Marco Island City Council and is one of a dozen committees formed by the city and composed of Marco Island residents. Members of the AAC appointed by the Marco Council are Howard Blankman, chairman, Greg Glover, co-chair, Lavonne Johnson, Nora Joel, Jo-Ann Sanborn and Kira Krumm. Laura Litzan is city staff Liaison.

Glover said that Howard Blankman’s recent presence on the committee and as chairman has been an appreciated boost. Blankman said in regard to the AAC, “we hope to have a livelier culture scene on Marco Island with broader participation with more groups, residents and businesses.”

During the recent AAC meeting Tuesday, August 10th, much of the agenda was geared towards developing a major art and culture event on Marco focusing on all art venues for the upcoming season of 2011. The AAC has also produced a state of the art brochure designed by Sandi Johnson noting Education Facilities, Gallery Gift Shops, Working Artists Studios, and location of the Performing Arts. Brochures can be found in the various galleries and studios and also in the Coastal Breeze News offices located in the Shops at Olde Marco.

The AAC serves as a conduit for those who wish to make donations to the various cultural organizations on the island. Glover said, “there are those on the island who wish to make a contribution with money, significant art work or historical artifact but do not know who to contact.” For anyone who would like advice in that area email

“The Arts Advisory Committee,” states the city’s web page, “recognizes that art is an invaluable asset to the community just as any other financial asset or investment. The Arts Advisory Committee sets a framework for creating opportunities for the community to experience the arts in everyday life and in the overall appearance of the City. The AAC initiatives include civic projects involving the arts, both public and private.”

The AAC meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. at the City Hall in the conference room. Check the Marco City calendar for updates or call Laura Litzan at 389-5010 for information regarding the AAC or other city boards and committees.

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