Robin Kaye: This is Robin Kaye here at the Art of the Olympians Museum, gallery and education centre in Fort Myers Florida. Art of the Olympians Museum is the only art museum in the world that is devoted to a group of artists, less notable for their art and more notable for giving it their all. Art was originally a part of the ancient Olympic Games and many Olympian athletes carry on that tradition to this day.
The museum showcases the work of many Olympians who in their post Olympic life focused their skills on creating art from colorful as well as abstract paintings, excusive sculptures and photography. The museum was the brain child of the late Al Oerter who is a legend in his own right. He was the first athlete to win 4 gold medals at four successive Olympians and the first athlete to set four consecutive Olympic records. With a strong business sense, healthy work ethic and a passion for the arts, Art of Olympians was born.
Bob Beamon: My name is Bob Beamon and I'm the CEO Chief Executive Officer of Art of Olympians. I set a record the distance of 29 feet two and a half inches that still stands as the oldest Olympic record into to books today, how I got here was through a great friend of mine but also my team mate Al Oerter. Al was truly what you call a pure Olympian who really understood two sides of the story which was the ancient games, but also the games that they have now.
Robin Kaye: There are so many notable Olympic athletes exhibiting their art work in Memorabilia.
Bob Beamon: I myself love fashion design, graphics and things like this here. And so I have several pieces here that I showcase.
Robin Kaye:The museum also features Olympic equipments, uniforms and a tribute to the ancient games to connect visitors with the history of the competitions and the journey of individual athletes.
Bob Beamon: We try to bring the artistic form back as well as the cultural part of it and so we have athletes from all around the world that are part of this Art of Olympians project.
Robin Kaye: Today Art of the Olympians celebrates the relationship between art, sports and education, while helping individuals to discover their passions.
This is Robin Kaye reporting from the Art of Olympians in Fort Myers Florida.