Voices for Children of Tampa Bay is offering you a once in a lifetime opportunity to put your name on one of Tampa’s most exciting new museums - The Glazer Children’s Museum. Voices for Children of Tampa Bay was recently selected to plan and develop the museum’s public arts component. VFC has commissioned world-renowned artist Mari Gardner to develop and install a mosaic on the outside entrance wall of the museum. The Be A Voice Project is a tribute to VFC’s mission of working to protect and provide hope for abused and neglected children in our community.
Voices for Children is looking for up to 20 generous individuals, families or corporations to donate $20,000 to underwrite VFC’s Mosaic Capital Campaign. In exchange for a $20,000 donation, which can be paid over four years, each donor will be recognized on a plaque affixed on the museum wall. Due to size limitations, this underwriting opportunity is limited to only 20 donors.
The Glazer Children’s Museum opened in 2010 and is nestled by the Tampa Museum of Art and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in the heart of downtown Tampa. From its spectacular architecture to its hands-on exhibits, each aspect of the museum is designed to invigorate the imagination of every child, parent, and person who passes through its doors.
Mari Gardner, a community-based artist, sculptor, and photographer, believes that art can be used as a tool for social change. Mari’s creations are often reflections of her experiences other work with various communities. Her commissioned works are site specific and speak about the spaces in which they reside.
Mari received a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston in Photography and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Sculpture with an emphasis in Community-Based Art. She has exhibited work throughout the United States, Africa, and Brazil. She has also been published in numerous sources, including Camera Arts, Community Arts Network, and The Book of Alternative Photographic Process.