TAMPA, FLA.- The Tampa Museum of Art
has received a landmark $25 million donation from Dick Corbett as the lead donation to the Museums Centennial Capital Campaign for Renovation and Expansion, which began during its 100th anniversary celebration in 2020.
This extraordinary gift to the Museum contributes a historic $25 million cash gift to our campaign for the Museums expansion. It will allow us to grow our overall area from 69,000 to 120,000 square feet and expand our exhibition and collections space from 14,800 square feet to 43,000 square feet. It will also more than triple available event space, add public restaurant and retail store space as well as a 10,000-square-foot Education Center, allowing us to serve 24,000 Hillsborough County school students annually, said Michael Tomor, Ph.D., the Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art.
This gift from Dick Corbett makes history in Floridas art community because it constitutes the single largest private donation ever made to a public art museum and art education center in this state, Tomor added, noting that although there have been other large donations made to museums in Florida, those have been in the form of part cash-part collections of art.
This generous donation is unique because it is a stand-alone cash contribution to our capital campaign, Tomor explained.
The Tampa Museum of Art strengthens arts and culture in our vibrant city, and opens the eyes of schoolchildren to the power of beauty and imagination. I am proud to make this historic gift to TMA in celebration of their centennial anniversary. 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 Museums world-class exhibits and programs, said Dick Corbett.
Dick and Cornie Corbett have been extraordinary patrons and supporters of the Tampa Museum of Art for decades, according to Jerry Divers, chair of the Tampa Museum of Art Foundation and head of the Museums Centennial Capital Campaign. Divers added: Our community is blessed by so many other significant gifts and legacy projects developed and funded by Dick Corbett. His contributions have been bold catalysts for effective, broad-based public and private projects with lasting benefits for commercial development in Florida as well as on policies affecting K-12 education, growth management, economic development, agriculture and commercial real estate.
Dick Corbetts generous donation to the Museums Centennial Capital Campaign will allow us to move swiftly to complete the significant renovations already underway and to begin our transformative expansion project scheduled to break ground in the next eight to 10 months, according to Dianne Jacob, President of the Tampa Museum of Art Board of Trustees.