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Connections Program

Connections Program

Connections Program




We are glad to inform you that we are now scheduling sessions for Winter and Spring 2016. We have taken on board some of your suggestions in regard to the program. Open sessions have been scheduled where in your patients are able to sign up individually to take advantage of the Connections program with their care partners.

Please see below for details on how your patients can register for an open session and the new process for scheduling group visits.


Museum Staff and Trained Docents Facilitate Discussions with participants in the Museum Galleries
(Discussion topics determined by Therapists/Case Workers and Museum Staff)

Thematically linked discussions in Museum galleries based on content of art on display

Staff and Docents elicit comments from program recipients to generate discussions
and provide for a “no wrong answer” response of what is being observed

Visual Thinking Strategies Pedagogy  Lessons: “What’s Going On Here?”- “What are you seeing?”

Provides a safe environment for socializing and learning with others in the community

Financial Commitment

No Cost to Participate; Free General Admission to the Museum for the day

Snacks and Light Beverages Provided at Pre- and Post- Socials

Transportation to and from the Tampa Museum of Art not included

Parking not included

Two Hour Time Commitment

20 minute Socializing in lobby:  Beverages, light snacks

15 minutes to move from lobby to the galleries

60 minutes in gallery – three 15 minute facilitated discussions in front of individual works of art, linked by a theme
(five minutes of time to move from one work of art to another within the gallery)

15 minutes to move to the lobby from galleries

20 minute post Socializing in lobby: can include lunch or dinner (bagged or bought in the Café)

Group Profile Per-Session

6 persons with a Trauma/PTSD, 6 care partners, plus 2 Caseworkers/Staff/Therapists

8 persons with Depression, 8 care partners, plus 1 Caseworkers/Staff/Therapists

6 persons with Dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, 6 care partners, plus 2 Caseworkers/Staff/Therapists

Group Visits


Care providers can continue to schedule visits for an already convened group by submitting a group visit request form.

Once your request is received, Museum staff will contact you to confirm your visit and gather any additional information.

Open Sessions

Individuals can register for an open session which suits their requirements. Museum staff will be in touch to confirm their registration and answer any additional questions individuals may have. The program continues to be a place where individuals can socialize and engage with the art of the Museum along with their care partners. However, the open sessions allows individuals who are not able convene independently with their Care Providers an opportunity to take advantage of this exciting new program.

Tampa Museum of Art Education Staff will be in touch to discuss these exciting program changes. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions before then. If you find that this program is not for your patients, please let us know.

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Tampa Bay Mental Health
PO Box 130736 Tampa, FL 33681