Summer Opportunities at the Tampa Museum of Art

There are many iconic spots that make Tampa Bay an impressive place to visit in the summer, such as a day trip to Busch Gardens, or catching a game at Amalie Arena. However, one spot that you should also check out this summer is the Tampa Museum of Art.

The museum is currently pursuing a $100 million Centennial Capital Campaign for Renovation and Expansion. Within this campaign, the leading donation of $25 million dollars was made by Dick Corbett and his family. This specific donation will be put towards growing the overall space of the museum, expanding the square feet of the collection and exhibit rooms, and installing a 10,000 square-foot Education Center.

Education and serving the local community are two core values of the Tampa Museum of Art. With the opening of the new Vinik Family Education Center, there will be a variety of education opportunities for children, teens, families, and even adults, to enjoy this summer.

Here is a complete list of all the new opportunities that you can look forward to this summer at the Tampa Museum of Art:

Children & Families can Enjoy the Tampa Museum of Art:

Summer Art Camp: Looking for an engaging, hands-on opportunity for your kids? The museum offers both full and half-day art camps for students ages 6-17. Each week has a unique theme, which is based on the exhibits and collections of the museum. Some of these themes include printmaking, ceramics, and digital photography. Make sure to sign-up soon, as some weeks have already sold out! The pricing and full schedule can be found here.

Art Spot Online: If you are interested in finding activities to do at home, Art Spot Online is the perfect opportunity. With a complete YouTube playlist, these easy-to-follow videos allow students to create their own artwork at home, which is inspired by pieces in the museum’s collection. Click here to start creating!

Start With: If your family is stuck inside on a rainy day, the Start With video series is the ideal activity for children to both learn and create. These YouTube videos function as a virtual story time, followed by a DIY art activity! Start exploring the video series and free, downloadable lesson plans here.

Something for Teens:

Teen Open Studio: Students in grades 6-12 are invited to attend free studio time, in which they will have the opportunity to explore diverse types of media and learn about careers within art. All materials are provided for, and pre-registration is required. To find upcoming dates, contact the Tampa Museum of Art directly!

Clockwise from back left: Ava, Leah, Abby, Isha, Imani, Yohannes (not pictured: Johanna)

Youth Council: Students from Hillsborough County High School are encouraged to join the Youth Council and assist in developing and executing student programs. This is an impressive leadership and networking opportunity, as members are able to connect with other museum professionals in the area and work directly with the youth. For more information on the program, click here.

Teen Programs: There are a variety of unique opportunities for teens to engage in the arts through the teen programs offered at the museum. From free, student-led museum tours to exhibit-inspired Spotify playlists, there are endless ways for teens to learn about art history. Click here to learn more! (Left: Clockwise from back left: Ava, Leah, Abby, Isha, Imani, Yohannes (not pictured: Johanna)

In the upcoming fall, a publication written by teens called “The Student Edit” will launch. This publication will feature local, teen artists, interviews, and much more! To get involved in “The Student Edit,” contact the museum directly via phone or email!

Adults Can Play at the Tampa Musuem of Art too:

Featured July 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Thirty on Thursday – Curator’s Talk Tampa Museum of Art 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL The July Thirty on Thursday features a curator’s tour of Dawoud Bey & Carrie Mae Weems: In Dialogue.

Lectures: Have you ever wanted to learn the deeper meaning behind a painting or hear from the artist themselves? The lectures offered at the Tampa Museum of Art allow one to explore the themes behind the art and hear from guest speakers around the world! Visit here to see upcoming lectures!

Studio: In the studio, individuals can engage in small classes that are taught by Tampa Bay art professionals. Contact the museum for more information on upcoming studio dates and times. (Above right: Featured July 21 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm on Thirty on Thursday – Curator’s Talk The July Thirty on Thursday features a curator’s tour of Dawoud Bey & Carrie Mae Weems: In Dialogue. )

Connections: For those with PTSD, substance use recovery, depression, etc. the Tampa Museum of Art offers a free, mental health care program that provides gallery visits and facilitated conversation. There are both in-person and virtual sessions. Click here to learn more about the program and contact [email protected] for more information or any questions.

NextGen: Do you love to meet new people, talk about art, and spend an evening out in the city? Attending a NextGen social event is the ultimate activity for you! For upcoming dates, contact the museum directly.

Something For Everyone this Summer:

Art on the House: Every Thursday from 4 – 8 PM, visit the museum with friends and family, as admission prices change to pay-as-you-will!

For a full list of events and a schedule for the summer, please refer to the museum’s calendar.

Let Us Know Your Thoughts: 

I would love to hear your thoughts on any of the above-mentioned programs and events! As a college student who is new to the Tampa area, I wish I had opportunities like this growing up. We are lucky to have the Tampa Museum of Art team who dedicate their time to inspiring and educating our community. Let me know what you think by emailing me at [email protected]

Happy creating 🙂  Content written by By: Cassidy Wilson exclusively for Destination Tampa Bay™.  All photos are for editorail purposes only, all right reserved.

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