Pride & Passion 2013 @ the Tampa Museum of Art - May 18, 2013


PRIDE & PASSION 2013 AT THE TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART KICKS OFF PRIDE FESTIVITIES ACROSS TAMPA BAY


Tampa, FL – The Tampa Museum of Art will host the 8th annual Pride & Passion 2013 event on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 8 p.m. to midnight, celebrating diversity in the local community as the official kick-off to the month-long Pride festivities across Tampa Bay.

"Pride & Passion celebrates its 8th year as one of the Museum's signature events," said Todd D. Smith, the Museum’s Executive Director.  “The leadership and committee behind Pride & Passion 2013 continue to delight current and new members by producing a stellar evening that celebrates the Museum's commitment to diversity while also raising funds for our education and exhibition programs.  We are proud to be the home of this significant LGBT event."

The first Pride & Passion was held in 2005 and the event has significantly grown each year, bringing in over 1000 new memberships and raising funds to support the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.  Last year’s Pride & Passion raised over $103,000.00 for the Museum, surpassing the previous year’s record as being the most successful event to date. 

A second year in a row sell-out is expected when over 800 hundred guests join Pride & Passion 2013 for an evening of art, entertainment, culture, food, and drinks. Tickets are $75 before May 1st, $85 after and are available for purchase online at www.prideandpassion.org.  Tickets include a fabulous evening where guests will be treated to delicious dishes from Timpano Italian Chophouse, complimentary wine, beer and champagne, open top –shelf  bar featuring specialty cocktails, mouth-watering desserts from Piquant Epicure & Cuisine, mind-blowing live entertainment by Penguin Entertainment from Orlando, Florida, music by  DJ Dino Bonetti, and gallery access to the Museum’s exhibitions Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman and Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern Mexican Art.  All Pride & Passion 2013 ticket purchasers will also receive an annual membership to the Museum.  Current Museum members who purchase tickets to Pride & Passion 2013 will receive a gift voucher for an individual membership that can be given as a gift.  All Pride & Passion 2013 guests are encouraged to wear black and white to the event.

About Pride & Passion 2013
Pride & Passion has been nominated for a 2012 Urban Excellence Award by the Tampa Downtown Partnership. The awards honor businesses, organizations, individuals, events and projects that have significantly contributed towards a unique, vibrant and diverse downtown environment for Tampa with both a positive and lasting impact.

Pride & Passion 2013 is produced by a volunteer steering committee in partnership with the Tampa Museum of Art.  Pride & Passion 2013 steering committee members are Marc Retzlaff (Chair), Kelley Cato Juneau (Vice-Chair), Dennis Wolfe, Don Kiceina Jr., James Ratliffe, Jess Hille, Jose Garboza, Mariruth Kennedy, Mishou, Okesene “Okie” Tilo, Portia Weiss and Ruslana Panov.

Pride & Passion 2013 is promoted through a volunteer host committee responsible for spreading word about the event and encouraging ticket sales.  Pride & Passion 2013 host committee members are Anthony Moncrief, Brent Baltzer & Alexis Perry, Bryan Farris & Andy Johnson, Cody Conklin, Janet Smith, Jonathan Myers, Mark Nash, Mike Hammonds, Raven Song, Ray Johnson and Vince Anello.

About the Tampa Museum of Art
The Tampa Museum of Art opened its new award-winning home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on modern and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media. Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa) (the Museum’s 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its façade) has become an iconic image for Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. The Museum is home to Sono Cafe, a Slow Food movement café overlooking the Hillsborough River, and has emerged as Tampa’s premiere venue for special events. 

General Hours and Admission
The Museum opens daily at 11 a.m.  Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  General admission prices are: adult $10.00; seniors, groups, military plus one guest $7.50; students $5; and children ages 6 and under free-of-charge.  A-pay-what-you-will fee structure is offered every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Museum’s address is 120 Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602.

Please visit www.tampamuseum.org and www.prideandpassion.org for more information.  Be sure to LIKE Pride & Passion on Facebook /PridePassion and FOLLOW Pride & Passion on Twitter @PridePassionTpa  

For Sponsorship information, contact: Brooke Melendi at  (813) 421-8368


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