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An International Celebration of Music and the


Mission and Vision

The Mission of ArtsNaples World Festival (“ArtsNaples”) is to produce a sustainable, annual, world class festival, centered in Naples, Florida, featuring the culture of a different region of the world each year.

Vision ArtsNaples plans to produce a multiday, multi-venue, world class festival. The inaugural festival will be in 2012, commencing with an Opening Gala on May 14 and concluding with an AllRussian Concert on May 20, 2012. The festival will attract visitors to Naples and perhaps become the Official Closing of our ‘High Spring Season’ in this region. The inaugural festival will feature an artistic immersion into the cultural world of Russia and its surrounding independent states. ArtsNaples 2012 will showcase symphonic music, opera, theatre, ballet, chamber music, art, cinema, piano recitals, and jazz, along with fashion, chess and cuisine.



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The Plan for 2012

Musical performances will feature the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra and the Classic Chamber Concerts along with various noted guest conductors and performers many of whom will be making their first appearance in Florida. Works by Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and others will be performed by the orchestra and the chamber players. In association with Opera Naples we will present a costumed concert-version of “Boris Godunov” by Modest Mussorgsky. The most recorded Russian opera, it is about the historical ruler who reigned as Tsar from 1598 to 1605. “Sleeping Beauty” and “Romeo and Juliet” will be the ballet pieces. The theatre piece will be “The Inspector General” by Nikolai Gogol. The von Liebig Art Center will host a Russian Art Exhibit featuring renowned contemporary artists and sculptors. Education will also be an important element of the Festival. Naples is home to hundreds of young musicians who study in public schools or privately. ArtsNaples 2012 intends to bring these students into close contact with the Festival’s guest artists with opportunities for Master Classes and joint performances. Proposed events and performances are listed on the MAJOR FESTIVAL EVENTS grid.

Artistic Director Maestro William Noll

Top to bottom: The von Liebig Art Center; the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra; rendering of the proposed Opera Naples facility.


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ArtsNaples Responsibility

ArtsNaples will be responsible for overall coordination of the annual festival. ArtsNaples will also be responsible for engaging international performing and visual artists/organizations, ticket distribution, logistical support at venues, and connecting the international artists with the local counterpart organization (e.g., Opera Naples, Classic Chamber Concerts, Naples Players, von Liebig Center Art Center, Southwest Florida Ballet, Naples Botanical Garden, Bayshore Cultural & Performing Arts Center, etc.) ArtsNaples will also coordinate with local educational institutions to facilitate master classes in various disciplines.



TOTAL COST: $1,400,000

Ticket Sales:


Donations and Private Grants:




Local and State Grants:


Fundraising Events: TOTAL REVENUE:

$30,000 $1,730,000

PARTICIPATE IN MAKING NAPLES HISTORY Clearly, we need your help in order to secure in excess of $950,000 in donations and sponsorships over the next two years. This outstanding endeavor can only be realized with the generous support of donors and sponsors. Top: The Sugden Community Theatre will host many of the events; Below: The Brazilian Garden at the Naples Botanical Garden.


Major Festival Events Preliminary Schedule

Venues Opera Naples Arts Center

Monday, May 14

The Sugden Community Theatre

Festival TENT Main Stage

Immokalee Venue

The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort

Naples Botanical Garden

Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples

Piano Recital I 11:00 a.m.

von Liebig Art Center

Tuesday, May 15

Thursday, May 17

Piano Recital II 11:00 a.m. Boris Godunov 3:00 p.m. Art Contest Exhibit

Art Contest Exhibit

Chamber Music I 1:30 p.m.

Chamber Music II 1:30 p.m.

Russian Exhibit 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Russian Exhibit 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Russian Exhibit 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Art Contest Exhibit

Wednesday, May 16

Russian Exhibit 12:00 - 7:30 p.m.

BarBar The Elephant 1 p.m. Inspector General Inspector General Inspector General 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

S OPO Tchaikovsky Ballet I Russian Jazz All-Stars 8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8 p.m.

OPO Children’s Concert 1 p.m.

Opening Gala 6:00 p.m.

Jazz 10:00 p.m.

Jazz 10:00 p.m.

Opera Naples Arts Center

Russian Children’s Theatre 3 p.m.

von Liebig Art Center

Russian Children’s Theatre 3 p.m.

The Sugden Community Theatre

Jazz 10:00 p.m.

Fashion Lunch O 11:00 a.m.

Russian Children’s Theatre 3 p.m.

Festival Tent Main Stage

Friday, May 18 Saturday, May 19 Sunday, May 20 Piano Ricital III 11:00 a.m.

Piano Recital IV 11:00 a.m.

Boris Godunov Noon

Boris Godunov 3:00 p.m. Art Contest Exhibit

Art Contest Exhibit

Chamber Music III 1:30 p.m.

Chamber Music IV 1:30 p.m.

Russian Exhibit 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Russian Exhibit 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Art Contest Exhibit

Russian Exhibit 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

BarBar The Elephant 1 p.m. Inspector General Inspector General 8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

School Concert 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. Ballet II OPO All Russian 8:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Ballet Children’s Performance 1 p.m.

Jazz 10:00 p.m.

Jazz 10:00 p.m.

OPO All Gershwin 8:00 p.m.

Russian Children’s Theatre 3 p.m.

Russian Children’s Theatre 3 p.m.



The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort

Naples Botanical Garden

Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples


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Economic Benefit to the Community

The total economic benef it to Collier County is estimated

to exceed $10 million.

This six-day multi-discipline, celebration of the arts will have a powerful economic impact. ArtsNaples will serve as a catalyst for the local economy, growing audiences for its cultural partners, and drawing visitors to hotels, restaurants and area attractions. Americans for the Arts studied the economic impact of the nonprofit arts industry in 91 communities. The study reported that America’s nonprofit arts industry annually generated more than $80 billion in eventrelated spending by arts audiences for hotels, restaurants, parking, souvenirs, refreshments, and other similar costs, over and above the ticket price. Non-local attendees typically spend nearly twice as much as local attendees. A community that attracts cultural tourists can thus harness significant economic rewards. During the course of our feasibility study, we learned that a growing number of visitors are becoming special-interest travelers who rank “arts and cultural activities� as one of the top five reasons for traveling. Reports from the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) and Partners in Tourism demonstrate that annually more than 100 million American adults include cultural activities or events while traveling. Cultural/heritage tourism generates

millions of dollars for destination communities. Compared to the average U.S. traveler, cultural tourists are more likely to spend in excess of $1,000 daily. In preparing a recent grant application to the Collier County Tourist Development Council, we were required to provide a documented projection of the economic benefit to Collier County. We projected that the 2012 Festival would attract more than 14,000 attendees (of which about a third would come from out of this area). The combination of out of town visitors, artists, and support staff will aggregate some 8,500 hotel room nights as a direct result of the Festival. To achieve these results we will undertake a proactive promotional campaign, locally, nationally and, at the suggestion of the Tourist Development Council, internationally.


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ArtsNaples World Festival, Inc. Background

History Almost three years ago, the United Arts Council of Collier County undertook a strategic planning initiative that included exploration of the feasibility of sponsoring a multi-day / multi-venue performing visual arts festival, patterned after similar successful festivals in other U.S. communities, such as the famed Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. After more than a year of study and in collaboration with a number of Naples cultural organizations, a new non-profit organization, ArtsNaples World Festival, Inc. (“ArtsNaples�) was formed specifically for the purpose of creating and sustaining such a festival. Three of the then directors of the United Arts Council agreed to assume leadership of ArtsNaples. ArtsNaples was incorporated as a Florida nonprofit in April 2009, received its IRS designation as a 501(c)3 in August 2009, and then received a planning grant from the Community Foundation to help fund a feasibility study (by an independent consultant). The study, which included interviewing more than thirty business, arts and civic leaders, demonstrated that the concept was indeed feasible, would have a positive cultural and economic benefit to the community, and should receive enthusiastic support of the community.

Organization Initially, ArtsNaples consisted of three directors (the individuals who agreed to establish the organization), along with more than a dozen representatives of the cultural arts organizations that contributed modest sums as seed money to help cover the cost of the feasibility study. This group met periodically during 2009, to begin conceptualizing and planning the proposed festival. One of the members of this group, Maestro William Noll, was elected to serve as the ArtsNaples Artistic Director. In April 2010, ArtsNaples expanded its board of directors with the addition of six individuals with diversified backgrounds and experiences, as well as a common strong commitment to the arts.



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Planning and Activity to Date

Early 2010, in order to introduce the “new” organization to the community, ArtsNaples held a special concert, featuring the internationally acclaimed Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. Through his relationships with the international arts community, Maestro Noll was able to sign this orchestra to perform an All-Beethoven Concert in Naples as the beginning of their U.S. tour. The concert was held on March 1, 2010, at the Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples, which hosts many musical performances because of its excellent acoustics. More than 500 attended. The Honorable Bill Barnett, Mayor of Naples declared March 1, 2010 as Odessa Philharmonic Day in the City of Naples, and he presented the orchestra’s conductor with a Key to the City. The response to the concert was overwhelmingly positive. Following the success of the March 1 concert, planning for the May 2012 Festival has accelerated: i The opening and closing concerts will

take place in downtown Naples, at our designated Festival Main Stage space. i Estimated attendance at these concerts

is between 1,200 and 1,500. i The Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra will

be the Festival 2012 resident orchestra. i Opera Naples will be the Festival’s

resident opera company.

i An international resident ballet

company will be recruited. i Both the ballet company and

orchestra will work with our local artists and students to enrich the culture of our community from an international perspective. i For theater enthusiasts, there

will be multiple performances of the famous play “The Inspector General” by Nikolai Gogol. i Classic Chamber Concert music

performances will be hosted by the von Liebig Art Center. i The Naples Botanical Garden will

host an all Gershwin evening with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, The NBG will host a fashion spectacular focusing on Russian artists and designers. i The grand finale will feature three

guest pianists performing with the Odessa Philharmonic in a tribute to Russian composers. i Enhancing the artistic performances

will be art shows, films, jazz concerts, chess, and cuisine. i The von Liebig Center Art

Center will host an exhibition of renown Russian artists. i Educational opportunities abound

for local music students to attend practice sessions, Master Classes, and to perform with Festival guest artists.


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ArtsNaples is working with our area’s leading hotels to develop “tourist packages” which would combine hotel rooms and Festival tickets. Initial discussions indicate strong interest.


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We envision the annual ArtsNaples World Festival will extend the normal length of the Naples “high spring season� and become the quintessential bridge to the summer season. As the overall economy continues to improve, the natural beauty of Collier County and its unique advantages of location and milieu will continue to draw visitors and residents. This is an ideal time to create a permanent arts festival to further enhance this region as an international cultural destination. Given the talents and experience of the founding partners of ArtsNaples, there is no question that this effort will be successful. This is your opportunity to be an important part of this amazing adventure and the future of Naples.


P.O. Box 771176 Naples, FL 34107 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Merlin Lickhalter President Rose Mary Everett Vice President and Treasurer Jayne Skindzier Secretary Roger W. Baker Jeannette Boucher Chrissie Porter Forbes Robert Hicks David J. Kasper Ivan Seligman, M.D. Robert Uek ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Maestro William Noll

Brochure Design Tim Kling Graphic Design

ArtsNaples World Festival, Inc.’s federal tax identification number is 26-4753030, and is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization, for both federal and state tax purposes. The official registration and financial information may be obtained from the florida division of consumer services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 within the state (ch-16929). Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation.

ArtsNaples World Festival Brochure  

A brochure announcing the 2012 ArtsNaples World Festival.

ArtsNaples World Festival Brochure  

A brochure announcing the 2012 ArtsNaples World Festival.