Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is a museum dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture.  FMoPA collects, preserves, and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists.  FMoPA also enriches the community by operating outreach programs to educate children and adults.

In the fall of 2001, Cynthia L. Flowers began the museum’s first children’s outreach program. It involved under-served children at the USF/Patel Partnership Elementary School located at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

From this first program, the museum developed many ongoing community programs such as the free Children’s Literacy Through Photography Program for at-risk children, and fee based adult photography classes, workshops, and children’s summer camps. In the Children’s Literacy Through Photography Program, children are inspired through hands-on workshops and field trips where photographs are taken, printed and written about by the participants.  An annual reception for the children was also held at the museum.

FMoPA also offers a variety of classes taught by highly validated professionals, exploring the technical aspects of photography, the creative potential residing in everyone, and the applications towards creative practice.  All the workshops can be taken as single units of particular interest, or as a full concentration resulting in certificates of completion.

We look forward to a most productive and fruitful year with over 30 workshops that cover most aspects of photography and promote photography education. FMoPA also provides guided docent tours for groups and field trips!

FMoPA additionally has a program called Prodigy, which will effectively make a difference with children that would not otherwise have access to art programs, or museums. It is increasingly clear that changing lives is at the root of any art’s social responsibilities. Through this partnership and the medium of photography, we will provide children who are socioeconomically challenged, culturally displaced or recovering from the trauma of a refugee situation with an artistic outlet.

Prodigy program will provide children with a solid foundation of photographic education, providing guidance and knowledge of the technical aspects of photography, as well as the artistic applications. The program benefits more than just photographic skills; teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking will be applicable in all of the activities that children will participate in. Students attending the program are given the opportunity to be innovative by allowing them to create a narrative using photographs on many varied topics from current global environmental issues to local socio-economic challenges. These skills and applications will ultimately be applied to a brighter future.

FMoPA has a wide variety of tours, classes, and programs for children and is constantly looking to reach as many children as possible. So please don’t hesitate to contact us for additional information or educational opportunities!




  400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, FL 33602


Travel Photography

Program description

Do you have a passion for travel?  Do you wish you could take better photographs of your vacations, explorations and adventures?  Do you want to be inspired with fresh ideas to make more creative — and unforgettable — images?  If so, this workshop is for you! This course will teach students to take advantage of every experience they have and turn it into an opportunity to take amazing photographs. 

Award-winning photographer Scott Bolendz will teach students how to select appropriate camera gear for different kinds of travel, how to plan ahead to be more productive with their time, review practical photography tips and also explore 7 creative ideas for getting those priceless shots of people, places and things (with many examples!).  Students will also review several types of photo editing software (both smartphone and computer-based) to make those priceless shots look even better! Students will appreciate the opportunity to learn these techniques on not only a camera, but also, a smartphone, which can be much more convenient when you’re a busy student! This course is perfect for those who are looking to get into photography or those who are looking to expand their existing passion for the medium.

Our instructors also have the ability to alter each of our courses for students depending on their age and skill level, and have experience in teaching our classes to under-privileged children through our outreach programs. We would love the opportunity to work with any grade level!

Additionally, there is an event space on the third floor of the museum so that classes will be able to have group discussions about what they have learned. There is also the expansive Curtis Hixon Park right outside of our building. So, if it is desired, students may enjoy the gardens and eat lunch outside or in the cafe on the first floor of the Cube.

Booking / scheduling contact




Program detail
Artistic discipline: Media (film, video), Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Array, Array
Program type: Field Trip, Professional Development, Student Workshops (out-of-school)
Population served: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Teachers, Educators
Subject: FIne Arts: Visual Art, Media Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Open ended.

Available times:


Length of program: 75 minutes

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

400 North Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, FL 33602

Fees / Ticketing:

Prices vary. Please check website for details or give us a call.



CPALMS Standards

Visual Art:
Grade 6-8
Grade 9-12


Has conducted educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

In the event that you must withdraw from a course, the following policy will be in effect:

Refunds or withdrawal requests must be sent to education@fmopa.org

The date the request email is sent will determine refund eligibility. All approved refunds take at least four weeks to process. FMoPA cannot be responsible for providing refunds for classes or programs missed as a result of student illness, student emergencies, or events beyond FMoPA’s control.

A refund or class credit can only be issued if cancellation is up to three business days prior to the class start date. No refunds / class credits will be given after that time.
Refunds require a $55 processing fee (per workshop). Class credit allows the full 100% amount paid to go towards other classes.