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Reimagining the Cultural Campus

Images courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi

Campaign for Cultural Excellence

Artis—Naples’ Future—Forward Campaign for Cultural Excellence launched in January 2016, is a multi-year campaign to raise the resources needed to stay vibrant and relevant in the next quarter century. The campaign is focused on four key areas:

  • Reimagining the Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus
  • Embracing artistic and community initiatives
  • Growing the permanent collection for The Baker Museum
  • Substantially increasing endowment

More than $60 million has already been committed toward the effort, $50 million of which came from the Artis—Naples Board of Directors. This remarkable support has enabled the organization’s endowment to surpass $100 million, effectively doubling in size since 2011. The focus of the campaign now shifts to capital projects toward the realization of the Master Plan, although all four areas of the campaign continue to generate interest and gifts.

Interested in becoming a part?

Contact Dianne Sponseller, Senior Executive Assistant to CEO and President, for more information about how you can become part of the Future—Forward Campaign for Cultural Excellence.

  Naming Opportunities

Following the Future—Forward campaign announcement, the Artis—Naples Board of Directors spearheaded a year-long master planning process. In doing so, New York-based Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism was chosen to complete the Master Plan: a comprehensive guide for the physical design of the Cultural Campus. The multi-year Master Plan design by Weiss/Manfredi was announced in January 2018. The design was hailed as a transformative plan which reimagines parts of the 8.5-acre Cultural Campus. It provides new and expanded performance, exhibition and events spaces as well as dramatic new outdoor spaces.

Elements of the master plan, which will be completed as fundraising goals are met, include ascending outdoor terraces with welcoming green space, which establish a creative heart of the campus, as well as new interior spaces for social interaction, performance and learning. The design enhances Artis—Naples’ ability to fulfill its multidisciplinary mission in that it creates a connected campus conducive to performance, the visual arts and education.

The initial campus expansion to the south of The Baker Museum provides indoor and outdoor spaces for education and social engagement, such as a flexible-use space, an outdoor garden space and an elevated terrace. The plan also creates an exciting open-air event space.

The 2018-19 Season

The first project to be realized from the Master Plan was determined by Mother Nature. The Baker Museum has been closed since September 6, 2017, due to Hurricane Irma and the storms of 2017, which resulted in water intrusion into the second and third floors of the museum. Subsequent evaluation by engineers and architectural experts revealed the need for repair of the building’s facade.

With a goal to repair and redesign the facade of the building, work on the museum will also provide improved entry and much-needed museum-support areas.

The images of The Baker Museum Repair and Expansion Project are an exciting preview of what will be a dramatically changed Cultural Campus scheduled for completion in November 2019. The campaign goal is set at $75 million, and $25 million of that goal is needed to complete this first project of the Master Plan. As such, we are prioritizing gifts related to The Baker Museum Repair and Expansion project.

The Baker Museum Repair and Expansion project offers several exciting new spaces for performance, education and social interaction. Each of these new spaces present naming opportunities for philanthropists committed to Artis—Naples’ vital role in our community to leave a lasting legacy.

Contact Dianne Sponseller, Senior Executive Assistant to CEO and President, for more information about how you can become part of the Future—Forward Campaign for Cultural Excellence.

  Construction Updates


Weiss/Manfredi are internationally renowned architects, landscape designers and urban development visionaries led by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. Noted for clarity of vision, bold and iconic forms, and material innovation, Weiss/Manfredi is at the forefront of architectural design practices that are redefining the relationships between landscape, architecture, infrastructure, and art. The firm won international acclaim for its design of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, which has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, the Biennial of Landscape Architecture Barcelona, and the National Building Museum.

Other notable projects include: a competition-winning design for Sylvan Theater on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Nelson-Atkins Museum Cultural Arts District Master Plan, the Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, and the recently completed Marshall Family Performing Arts Center in Addison, Texas.

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