Orlando is known for many things. Theme parks at the top of most people’s minds, great weather, convention hub for many companies, food and entertainment venues. However, nestled in the heart of Downtown Orlando, is a beautiful building that can take you away from the everyday, immerse you in history, beauty and fantasy just as much as if you walked onto Main Street U.S.A.
The Orlando Museum of Art’s purpose is to interpret and present the most compelling art for the public to experience and to positively affect people’s lives with innovative and inspiring education programs that will endure as a cultural legacy in Central Florida. The mission of the Orlando Museum of Art is to inspire creativity, passion and intellectual curiosity by connecting people with art and new ideas. As a creator myself, I love the diversity that you can find here as well as out of the box creations where the artist just used their passion and creativity to put forth something that they only had seen in their mind.
Frankly, when I came to the museum, as part of the Visit Orlando takeover, I did not know what to expect. Let’s face it, most of you don’t think of Spokesmayne hanging out at a museum for the day. But I can tell you, there is so much to see, learn and take in here, you will spend hours.
Annually, the Museum presents 10-12 exhibitions on-site and 13 exhibitions off-site, award-winning art enrichment programs, unlimited gallery tours, teacher in-service training programs, video programs, distinguished lectures, art appreciation lectures, studio classes, lecture/luncheon programs and outreach services in its facility and throughout the community. The services benefit individuals, including visitors from all 67 counties in Florida, the other 49 states and numerous foreign countries. These programs are implemented by the Museum’s staff, its Board of Trustees and more than 700 volunteers, many of whom are part of its membership of 5,000 individuals. I also did not realize that the museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3), and a four star on Charity Navigator.
Displaying American Art, African Art, contemporary art collections and graphics as well as themed exhibitions, you could visit the Orland Museum of Art many times and see new and exciting things. I was fascinated to look at the paintings on the wall, the sculptures as well as some of the most unique pieces that really show you the art can take on many forms.
The Education Gallery requires no admission ticket to view the Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Gallery and Peggy Crosby Student Gallery. Each of these showcase artwork created by artists of all ages who participated in special museum programs throughout the year and the best work from young artists’ artwork from area schools; as well as a special collection of artwork from their very own Summer Art Programs.
WEDDINGS AND CONVENTION SPACE RENTALS
If you are looking for a beautiful and unique place to get married, the museum has facility rental space. This would truly be a beautiful backdrop for a wedding and has been voted “Editor’s Pick” by WeddingWire.
Whether you just want to have the ceremony here or go all out with the reception, have a small wedding or looking to take over the full museum, there is a package for you to make your special day one to remember.
If you company is looking for a special place to hold a meeting or corporate event, this is definitely the place. With access to space on the inside and outside, it offers everything from presentation systems to food service. They also are available for birthday parties, special themed events, family art education programs and much more. Honestly, I was blown away with how much there is to see, do and experience here at the Orlando Museum of Art. We will most definitely be coming back over and over again, and of course, we will be bringing you along with us.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
For the holiday season, the museum is featuring the 35th Festival of Trees.
Opening Night Tree Lighting and Gala
Friday, November 12
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Celebrating the 35th anniversary Festival of Trees, benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art with an evening of elegance. Guest will enjoy exquisite culinary creations, beverages, delightful entertainment and complimentary valet parking.
Tickets: $ 350 Individual VIP Room ticket includes tree lighting and gala; $200 individual ticket to tree light reception and gala; $150 individual general admission to gala. VIP Tables available. Be sure and check out all of the holiday festivities that will be a part of Festival of Trees on their website.
Thank you to Visit Orlando for having us out and the Orlando Museum of Art of gifting us with passes. It was a wonderful time and can’t wait to go back again.