The Tampa Museum of Art receives a $ 25 million grant for its expansion

The Tampa Museum of Art has just come $ 25 million closer to its planned expansion, thanks to a donation in that amount from Dick Corbett, CEO and president of the Tampa-based real estate investment firm Concorde Companies.

It is the largest donation to the museum’s Centennial Capital campaign for expansion. The campaign was launched in 2020 on the occasion of the institution’s 100th anniversary.

“This extraordinary gift to the museum is contributing a historic $ 25 million cash donation to our museum expansion campaign,” Michael Tomor, Ph.D., Penny and Jeff Vinik’s CEO of the Tampa Museum of Art, said in a news release.

Tomor added that the gift makes history in Florida’s art community because “it represents the largest private donation ever made to a public art museum and art education center in this state.”

He noted that while there have been other large donations to museums in Florida, they have been a combination of cash and art collections.

“This generous donation is unique because it is an independent cash contribution to our capital campaign,” Tomor explained.

The gift will allow growth of the museum’s total area from 69,000 to 120,000 square feet and expand its exhibit and collection space from 14,800 square feet to 43,000 square feet.

He added that it will more than triple available event space. The extension includes a cantilevered construction of glass that appears to reach beyond the Hillsborough River and takes up event space from 7,200 to 25,600 square feet.

The extension will also add a public restaurant and retail space.

An important part of the expansion is a 10,000-square-foot education center that enables the museum to serve 24,000 Hillsborough County school students annually.

Dianne Jacob, chair of the Tampa Museum of Arts board, said in the release that the gift would help the museum move quickly to complete renovations that are underway.

“The Tampa Museum of Art strengthens art and culture in our vibrant city and opens the eyes of school children to the power of beauty and imagination,” Dick Corbett said in the release. “I am proud to give this historic gift to TMA in celebration of their centenary. My hope is that it will encourage others who have the means to give back to also join in and support the growth of The museum’s world-class exhibitions and programs. ”

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