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A fundraising effort to benefit artistic organizations affected by Hurricane Ian

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Fort Myers / Naples – Florida (November 2022) – World renowned dancers will take stage at the Artis-Naples for ARTS HEAL, a fund-raising effort to benefit the artistic organizations affected by Hurricane Ian. The event is an initiative of newly launched Florida Gulfshore Ballet and will take place on November 18th at 8 pm bringing together prominent artists and champions of good-will, thereby transform-ing the art of dance into an active recovery effort.

Under the direction of local ballet stars and artistic directors of Florida Gulfshore Ballet, Iliana Lopez and Franklin Gamero, artists from around the world come together to join in the recovery process of our communities. The event will showcase choreographies from Ballet Xtreme (Zurich), Ballet de Barcelona, Ballet Nacional del Perú, Miami City Ballet, United Ballet Theater of Orlando, Tampa City Ballet, Arts Ballet Theater of Florida, Houston Ballet and alumni of the Gulfshore Ballet School. All proceeds will be received and disbursed by Collier Community Foundation’s Arts Heal Fund and Collaboratory’s Fund for the Arts in Southwest Florida. Collectively, the foundations are deploying these funds to help restore and strengthen the arts community across Lee and Collier Counties, filling integral cultural and healing roles as our region recovers and rebuilds.

“The arts illuminate the human condition, bring people together, and provide a crucial vehicle for healing. Disaster recovery includes addressing the emotional and spiritual healing of the community in addition to material necessities,” said Florida Gulfshore Ballet Artistic director Iliana Lopez, “after the massive devastation brought to us by Hurricane Ian, we are touched and humbled by the dancers’ willingness to donate their time and efforts to support their fellow artists. Arts Heal recognizes the need to uplift and protect local artists and artistic organizations in the area, in addition to providing much needed funds during this recovery process.”

Arts Heal Gala, Fort Myers / Naples 2022
Saturday November 18 at 8:00 pm
5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples, FL
For tickets click HERE

Arts Heal’s incredible program has the support of Gulf Coast International Properties, Artis-Naples, Gulfshore Life, Beasley Media Group, Paradise Creative, among others. Donations are also accepted HERE.

For more information on how to get involved with Arts Heal, please contact Florida Gulfshore Ballet at 239-451-3088.

About Florida Gulfshore Ballet

Florida Gulfshore Ballet is a new ballet company in Southwest Florida under the direction of the internationally renowned dancers, Iliana Lopez and Franklin Gamero. They bring their life’s work, experience, and reputation to Fort Myers, Naples, and the surrounding areas with the goal of producing and performing a diverse repertoire of classical, neoclassical, and contemporary works after successfully leading the Florida Gulfshore Ballet school for 10 years.
Florida Gulfshore Ballet will be the first and only professional ballet company in Southwest Florida, delivering excellence on stage, as well as a commitment to the widest possible public audience through touring, educational programs, and community engagement. The company is planning its inaugural full season in 2023-2024, with two introductory Feature Performances in April and May of 2023 in Fort Myers and Naples, respectively.

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