TAMPA, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in collaboration with The Florida Orchestra and the Prodigy® Cultural Arts program will virtually open a Prodigy® Summer Showcase on Friday, July 31st from 4-6:00 PMThe program overview will begin at 4 PM and include variety of remarks from participating institutions and visual and performing art programming. The partnership of Florida Museum of Photographic Arts with Prodigy® resides in educating children within the arts as well as with a variety of life skills.
Children who are economically challenged, culturally displaced or recovering from the trauma of a refugee situation are provided with an artistic outlet based on the medium of photography. The program works with a solid foundation of education, in the technical aspects of photography as well as the artistic applications, documented with pre and exit tests for each class with a current success rate of over ninety percent retention of information despite some severe language barriers and a high rate of near illiteracy.
“Students attending the program are given the opportunity to be innovative by allowing them to create a narrative using photographs on various topics from current global environmental issues to local socio-economic challenges. These skills and applications FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE will ultimately result to a brighter future,” said FMoPA’s Executive Director Zora Carrier, Ph.D. To learn more about this exhibition and other programming at the museum, visit www.fmopa.org
About FMoPA: The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (www.fmopa.org) is a museum dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture. FMoPA collects preserves and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists. FMoPA also enriches the community by operating outreach programs for children and adults and by offering an extensive array of photography classes. CONTACT: Zora@fmopa.org Florida Museum of Photographic Arts 400 North Ashley, Cube 200 Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 221-2222 | www.fmopa.org OPEN: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday: Noon–5 p.m.
About Prodigy® Cultural Arts Program: Prodigy®, a research-proven diversion and prevention program started by University Area CDC, uses an innovative approach to empower, educate and enable eligible youth, providing a doorway to a better world. Kids ages five to 18 experience performing and visual arts, taught as a tool for selfexpression, to learn communication, exploration, problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Now celebrating its 20th year, Prodigy® is transforming young lives and reaches across 10 counties. For more information visit uacdc.org/prodigy. About University Area CDC (Community Development Corporation): Serving the community for more than 20 years, University Area CDC provides support for thousands of Tampa residents through holistic programming, adult education and resource assistance. Its primary mission is the redevelopment and sustainability of at-risk neighborhoods in the Uptown/University area, surrounding University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. More information about University Area CDC, a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership, is available by calling 813.558.5212 and by visiting uacdc.org.
About The Florida Orchestra: The Florida Orchestra is recognized as Tampa Bay’s leading performing arts institution, the largest professional symphony orchestra in Florida, and one of the most vibrant and innovative orchestras in America. Under the leadership of Music Director Michael Francis, it performs more than 130 concerts a season, with series of classical, popular, and morning coffee concerts in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as free Pops in the Park. Dedicated to bringing music to all people, connecting to the community is a priority, with pre-concert talks, family and youth concerts and other educational activities. Kids and teens get in free to Masterworks concerts with Classical Kids tickets. FloridaOrchestra.org and 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286.