MIFA’s 2022 Artist of the Year and scholarships announced

It has been eight years since Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) has been recognizing an “Artist of the Year,” an individual or group who has been making outstanding artistic contributions to our community.

Individuals from the local community are asked to submit nominations each spring.

This spring, three nominations were received. And all three nominations were for the same person, who has been generously giving his time and talents to several artistic organizations on Marco Island for many years, Jim Swanker.

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Jim and his wife, Karen, were recently surprised by two MIFA board members when they came to his home to announce his nomination.

He is well known locally for creating unique set designs at the Marco Players, located at the Town Center Mall. Starting in 2010, Jim completed the set for the play, “On Golden Pond,” and has been developing the monthly sets there ever since. He has also helped the Sisbarro Acting Studio who performs at the Marco Middle School, The Island Theater when they performed at Rose Hall Auditorium, and the Studio Players who perform in Golden Gate. Altogether, Jim Swanker has not only designed but also built about 70 sets as a volunteer.

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