and your sponsorship matters, too...
Your support of The Stuart Society makes it possible for us to help support programs at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg benefiting the Tampa Bay community. Several of these programs are detailed below. For a full program list at the MFA please visit here.
Youth & Family at the MFA:
Kidding Around Yoga: A class designed for entire families, children ages 3 through adult, and offered regularly the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.
Painting in the Park: This event is a festival of creativity designed for children 3 and up. Over 1,000 children attended in 2015.
Drumming at the Museum: Families feel their musical and creative momentum grow as they drum out rhythms while exploring works in the permanent collection.
Art Mobile: This bus will transport exhibitions to an estimated 74,000 school children over the next 4 years.
Community at the MFA:
Lecture Series: The Museum staff along with local and national scholars give informative presentations on the permanent collection, special exhibitions and the history of art.
UNCHartED Random Acts of Culture: The Museum offers reduced admission and unique programming on Thursday evenings. Programs are designed to attract young professionals and have included professional networking opportunities.
Arts Alive: In conjunction with the national Smithsonian Free Museum Day, the MFA has free general admission to all galleries for all visitors and between 3,500 and 5,000 attend annually.
Founder’s Day: The Museum offered free general admission to all galleries in celebration of Founder’s Day. On February 7, 2015, over 4,000 visitors took advantage of this opportunity.
Marly Music Series: Chamber Music series June through August.
Education at the MFA
Field Trips to the MFA: The Stuart Society has helped offset most of the admission fee for student groups allowing for a $4 ticket price. Students receive a complimentary admission pass to return with their family.
Student Exhibitions: The MFA hosts a high school student art exhibition in partnership with Pinellas County Schools, the Duncan McClellan Gallery and the DMG School.
Communication to the Past Through Art: This curriculum and field trip was designed and created specifically for sixth graders in partnership with Pinellas County sixth grade social studies teachers. The Museum welcomed approximately 6,000 students last year. Volunteers from The Stuart Society are an integral part of this program.
Magic Carpet: This program is in its 18th year and provides 4-year-olds that are high-risk with the opportunity to learn about world cultures as they study the art in the permanent collection.
Educational Programs for Special Needs:
Art Beyond Sight: Is part of a national program. The MFA designs activities and partners with Lighthouse of Pinellas, South Eastern Guide Dogs and other organizations, to raise awareness about services for the visually impaired.
Illuminate: Alzheimer patient/caregiver interactive program in partnership with the regional Alzheimer’s Association on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.
Creative Clay Outreach: A collaboration with Creative Clay for disabled adults as part of occupational therapy programs.
Strokes of Genius: This program was designed and created in partnership with Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf (a pre-K through 8th grade school). The program helps students develop their American Sign Language vocabulary while learning about art history and creating an art project at the MFA.
In addition to the above programs, the Museum has future general needs which require funding.