May 12, 2022 (Tampa, FL) — Commemorate Juneteenth with an engaging, family-friendly experience at the Tampa Museum of Art’s first annual Juneteenth Cultural Celebration. On Sunday, June 19, 2022, from 10 am to 8 pm, prepare for a lively community celebration of this holiday, also known as Freedom Day, with free museum admission, art-making activities, live music and performances, family portraits, amazing food trucks, and more.
The event lineup also includes programs by community partners Moffitt Cancer Center, its George Edgecomb Society, and HORUS Construction Services, promoting social and health equity for all community members. CAN Community Health will provide free health screenings onsite throughout the day. Visitors will also experience a free sampling of arts and health programs the Tampa Museum of Art provides for families and various special needs groups.
Kessanda Abel, Community Engagement Manager at the Tampa Museum of Art, said, “Juneteenth at TMA is an excellent way to see the amazing power that art has to bring the community together, especially when all members of the community are welcome and represented in a place that celebrates the uniqueness of everybody.”
Cathy Grant, Vice President and Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer at Moffit Cancer Center and Co-chair of the Governance Committee at the Tampa Museum of Art, said, “this celebration is a great example of organizations with a shared commitment to equity working together to support programs like the Juneteenth Cultural Celebration and making educational opportunities accessible to everyone. It’s important for us to extend the opportunity for young people and community members to be able to walk through the doors with their personal experiences, see themselves represented and know that this is a place where they are welcomed, whether they are experiencing the exhibits at the Tampa Museum of Art, or receiving care at the Moffitt Cancer Center.”
Lena Graham Morris, Chair of HORUS Academy, added that “commitment to equity and inclusion is vital as we continue to educate and create cultural awareness. We continue to make strides in this arena and work from a place and space of intention. These efforts ignite impact in our communities from a grassroots perspective, which moves the needle for opportunities to live a quality life.”
The first annual Juneteenth Cultural Celebration is possible thanks to passionate community members and partner organizations that support the Black and African American community in the Tampa Bay area and share the Museum’s objectives to create programs that facilitate equal access to art education opportunities for all community members.
Register for free admission to the Juneteenth Cultural Celebration at https://tampamuseum.org/juneteenth
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 52 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 7,500 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.4 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About the Tampa Museum of Art
Founded in 1920, the Tampa Museum of Art inspires visitors with engaging exhibitions and innovative educational programs that emphasize ancient, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum houses one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States. As one of the region’s most prominent museums devoted to the art of our time, the Museum’s permanent collection also embraces sculpture, photography, painting, new media, and more.
Online programs add to the year-round studio art classes, lectures, and tours that allow children, teens, and adults to discover new perspectives and learn different art-making techniques. Likewise, through unique community partnerships, the Museum offers outreach programs that provide art-therapy-informed interventions and meaningful modes of self-expression to vulnerable segments of the population.
Located in the heart of downtown Tampa, the Tampa Museum of Art leads as both a cultural institution and a community museum dedicated to celebrating its home city’s diversity. In 2021, the Museum embarked on an ambitious renovation to increase exhibition space and education facilities to accommodate growing community partnerships and allow more hands-on, up-close experiences for students and adults. The Museum will remain open to the public throughout the Centennial Renovation, with an expected completion date in the second half of 2022.
General Hours and Information
For tickets and information, visit TampaMuseum.org or call (813) 274-8130. Located at 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602, the Tampa Museum of Art is open seven days a week, Monday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm, and Thursdays from 10 am – 8 pm.