Pride & Passion is the largest annual benefit for the Tampa Museum of Art, and for many years the LGBT community of Tampa has taken it upon themselves to form a volunteer committee to organize the event every year. This year’s Pride & Passion event will be held on Saturday, May 16 at the Tampa Museum of Art (120 W. Gasparilla Plaza) from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The goal of Pride & Passion is to celebrate diversity in our community by placing art and art PridePassion_copy1education at a high priority, allowing Tampa’s already diverse community to enjoy works of art from all walks of life and from all over the world. Since the event began ten years ago, over 2,000 people have purchased memberships to the Tampa Museum of Art thanks to this event alone.

This year’s Pride & Passion event theme is “Forbidden” and evokes imagery of the Far East, namely China. Ticketholders will be allowed to peruse all of the Tampa Museum of Art’s collections, including the temporary exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. There will be hors d’oeuvres served courtesy of Anise Global Gastrobar, Bamboozle Cafe, Justhai, and Timpano Italian Chophouse, and drinks courtesy of Tito’s Vodka and Tanduay Asian Rum.

Tickets are available for purchase right now via the internet at or by calling (813) 421-8380. In addition to admission, each ticketholder will receive a one-year membership to the Tampa Museum of Art. Prices start at $85 for advance purchase and $100 for those who wish to buy their tickets at the door.

There are also sponsorship opportunities that include VIP access, tickets to the sponsor party, PridePassion_copy3and recognition at the event and on the museum’s website. These sponsorships are tax-deductible and start at $500. If your business would like to sponsor this event, contact Kate White at or by calling (813) 421-8368.

The Tampa Museum of Art has served the community with valuable art education programs and stunning works of art since opening in 1979. For more information on the Tampa Museum of Art, visit For more information on Pride & Passion, visit