Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Work in TMA

Students tour the exhibition "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World" at the Tampa Museum of Art
Students tour the exhibition “Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World” at the Tampa Museum of Art

Each year, the Tampa Museum of Art (TMA) commits millions of dollars raised from grants and other public and private funding sources for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs in the form of exhibitions, education programs for children, teens and adults, free and reduced admission programs, and outreach programs that provide art-therapy-informed interventions and meaningful modes of self-expression to vulnerable segments of the population. TMA’s artwork on exhibition in the galleries directly guides the creation of education programs, including K-12 lesson plans, studio art classes, Summer Art Camps, artist lectures, special tours, Connections, Art Space, video series, Museum books and more.

The list below highlights five years’ worth of DEI topics examined through exhibitions and related programming at TMA.

Past Recent Exhibition Programming

  • Complicated Beauty: Contemporary Cuban Art
    • Topics: Cuban, Cuban American, Latin American
  • Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations
    • Topics: Venezuelan, Latin American
  • Season of Love
    • Aphrodite, Patricia Cronin, and the Lure of Antiquity
      • Topics: Feminism, Women’s Empowerment, Lesbian, LGBTQ+
    • Robert Indiana:  A Retrospective
      • Topics: Gay, LGBTQ+, Pop Artist – Iconological and Iconographic Context
    • Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING
      • Topics: Japanese, Asian, Feminism, Mental Health
  • Ordinary Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Parts
    • Jean Michele Basquiat: One Artist, Two Masterpieces
      • Topics: Haitian American, Puerto Rican, African American, African Diaspora
    • Sacred Diagrams: Haitian Voudou Flags
      • Topics: Haitian, Caribbean, African Diaspora
    • Purvis Young: 91
      • Topics: African American, African Diaspora, Jim Crow Impact, Self-Taught Artist
  • Living Color: The Art of the Highwaymen
    • Topics: African Americans, Jim Crow Impact, Self-Taught Artists
  • 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote
    • Modern Women | Modern Vision: Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
      • Topics: Women Artists, Women’s Empowerment, Feminism, Gender bias
    • Her World in Focus: Women Photographers from the Permanent Collection
      • Topics: Women Artists, Women’s Empowerment, Feminism, Gender bias
  • Jasper Johns: An Art of Changes
    • Topics: Gay, LGBTQ+, Pop Artist – Iconological and Iconographic Context
  • Skyway 20/21: A Contemporary Collaboration
    • Topics: Stereotypes and discussions from Tampa Bay area artists about African American, Asian, Jewish, Arab American, Feminism, Gay, LGBTQ+, Discrimination, Mental Health
  • Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s
    • Topics: Middle Eastern, West Asian, North African, Algerian, Egyptian, Iraqi, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Lebanese, Moroccan, Palestinian, Qatari, Sudanese, Syrian, Tunisian, and Emirati

Currently On View

  • Verde: Poetics of Shade
    • Topics: African American, Caribbean, Women’s Empowerment, Feminism, Women Artists
  • An Irresistible Urge to Create: Florida Outsider Art
    • Topics: African American, Mental Health, Marginalized, Self-Taught Artists
  • HerStory: Stories of Ancient Heroines and Everyday Women
    • Topics: Feminism, Gender bias

Upcoming Exhibitions in 2022

  • Dawoud Bey & Carrie Mae Weems: In Dialogue
    • Topics: African American, Activism, Social and Cultural Injustice
  • Pepe Mar
    • Topics: Mexican, Latin American, Gay, LGBTQ+
  • Time For Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge Perez Collection
    • Topics: Latin American, African American, Gay, LGBTQ+, Feminism
  • Identity in Antiquity: Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality
    • Topics: Ethnicity, Gender roles, Sexual orientation
  • Salmon Toor: No Ordinary Love
    • Topics: Pakistani, South Asian, Asian American, Gay, LGBTQ+