Tampa Museum of Art receives $5 million gift for new education center

Rendering of an education center with wrap around glass windows and doors. A mural is painted on the window as guests walk around outside the structure.

The Tampa Museum of Art is undergoing a major expansion. In May 2022, the museum celebrated the opening of its new education center— a significant aspect of the Centennial Renovation and Expansion project. This brand new center will be known as the Tampa Museum of Art Vinik Family Education Center in honor of a $5 million gift made by Penny and Jeff Vinik towards the Museum.

This gift for the education center is made in addition to a previous $5 million gift made by the Vinik family in October 2019 to endow the position of executive director, bringing the family’s total contributions to the Centennial Campaign for Renovation and Expansion to $10 million.

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Education Center expands at Tampa Museum of Art

To date, including the Vinik family’s gifts, the Centennial Campaign has raised $71 million toward the Museum’s $100 million goal.

As part of the Centennial Renovation and Expansion, the new Education Center at the Tampa Museum of Art will expand education opportunities for people of all ages across Tampa Bay. The Education Center will serve as a place for children, teens and adults to learn all about art, participate in various classes, Summer Art Camps, lectures and more.

The Tampa Museum of Art offers all-day or half-day art camps where campers can create, learn, and play in our newly constructed education center, in the galleries, and in the Curtis Hixon playground. Camps have different themes based on the Museum’s permanent collection.

Rendering of a waterfront museum of a second floor observation area, and an outdoor bar
Rendering via Tampa Museum of Art

Aims to raise $100 million for renovation and expansion

A new education center allows the museum to open up opportunities for art appreciators of all ages.

The Tampa Museum of Art has received a huge $25 million donation from Dick Corbett as the lead donation to the Museum’s Centennial Capital Campaign for Renovation and Expansion, which began during its centennial celebration in 2020. The expansion will include a site redevelopment and add approximately 51,000 square feet of new space along the Hillsborough River to its 25,000 square foot renovation currently underway to double its exhibition spaces and triple its education spaces.

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“This extraordinary gift to the Museum contributes a historic $25 million cash gift to our campaign for the Museum’s expansion. It will allow us to grow our overall area from 69,000 to 120,000 square feet and expand our exhibition and collections space from 14,800 square feet to 43,000 square feet. It will also more than triple available event space, add public restaurant and retail store space as well as a 10,000-square-foot Education Center, allowing us to serve 24,000 Hillsborough County school students annually,” said Michael Tomor, Ph.D., the Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art.

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