Community Budget Issue Requests - Tracking Id #1662
Tampa Museum of Art New Facility Construction
Requester: Emily Kass, Director Organization: Tampa Museum of Art
Project Title: Tampa Museum of Art New Facility Construction Date Submitted 1/14/2005 4:54:08 PM
Sponsors: Crist
Statewide Interest:
Since its inception, TMA has been an important cultural and educational resource for the Tampa Bay Area and the State of Florida. Each year, an average of 80,000 people participate directly in TMA's activities and projects, including visitors, schools, groups, program participants, outreach program participants, artists, and volunteers. Approximately 8,175,000 people, nearly half of Florida's 17,019,068 residents, live in the 27 counties within 150 miles of the Tampa Museum of Art. This region includes the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Bradenton, Ft. Myers, Orlando, Lakeland and Ocala and part of the I-95 corridor near Melbourne. The significantly greater levels of programming, services, and resources that will be created with the new Tampa Museum of Art will generate increased visitation and participation by people living in and visiting this region. The Tampa Museum of Art promises to be an even greater cultural center for the community, region, and state, and a premier destination for a variety of educational and entertainment experiences.
Recipient: Tampa Museum of Art   Contact: Emily Kass, Director  
  600 North Ashley Drive   Contact Phone: (813) 274-8687  
  Tampa 33602   Contact email:
Counties: Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota
Gov't Entity: Yes Private Organization (Profit/Not for Profit):  
Project Description:
The Tampa Museum of Art, a department of the City of Tampa, has been recommended by the Florida Arts Council, Division of Cultural Affairs, to receive a Regional Cultural Facilities grant of $2.5 million to assist in the construction of a new and greatly expanded museum facility, which will be a focal point of the City of Tampa's new downtown cultural district. The new museum facility will triple the size of the current building, enabling TMA to transition to a greatly expanded organization, with significantly greater levels of programming, services and resources for its visitors and the regioanl community. Construction will begin in January 2005 on the new, fully-accessible facility. The new facility, which will be the largest art museum in the State, will have the potential to attract well over 200,000 visitors annually in its early years and grow from there as the museum becomes more established.
Is this a project related to 2004 hurricane damage? No
Measurable Outcome Anticipated:
In 2001 The Tampa Museum of Art employed the firm ConsultEcon, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts to survey the market capabilities of an expanded museum facility and operation. ConsultEcon's findings indicate that a conservative "best estimate" annual attendance at the new Tampa Museum of Art facility will be 202,000 visitors. The new museum will also be at the heart of efforts of downtown businesses and the City to increase convention and tourism attendance to downtown Tampa. Individual and corporate memberships are projected to double as special event and conference facilities - including a 300 seat auditorium, three special events rooms serving 150 people each, and dining services - will be part of the new museum building.
Amount requested from the State for this project this year: $2,500,000
Total cost of the project: $62,000,000
Request has been made to fund: Construction
What type of match exists for this project? Local, Private
  Cash Amount $58,800,000  
Was this project previously funded by the state?   Yes
  Fiscal Year: FY2005 Amount: $500,000
Is future-year funding likely to be requested?   No
Was this project included in an Agency's Budget Request?   No
Was this project included in the Governor's Recommended Budget? No
Is there a documented need for this project? Yes
  Documentation: City of Tampa 1998 Strategic Master Plan
Was this project request heard before a publicly noticed meeting of a body of elected officials (municipal, county, or state)?   Yes
  Hearing Body: Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation
  Hearing Meeting Date: 01/19/2005
Is this a water project as described in Section 403.885, Laws of Florida?   No