Tampa, FL (Vocus) February 3, 2010
Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jan Kaminis Platt dedicated her career to improving Tampa Bay, including preserving our wetlands, building desperately needed infrastructure and promoting local art, history and education. To honor her many contributions and life-long support for the arts and our community, Tampa’s Life Enrichment Center, along with the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), are inviting the public to the Jan Platt Traveling Art Show from February 19th to March 12th. This unique traveling art exhibition will serve as a tribute to Mrs. Platt’s remarkable service to Tampa while showcasing some of the area’s most talented senior artists and raising money for the Life Enrichment Center.
“For the first time, the public can join in and celebrate the beautiful pieces of art that have been created by members of the Life Enrichment Center, in which I served on the board for many years.” says the show’s namesake, Jan Platt. “The center is unique in that it truly opens the minds of senior citizens, bringing their artistic abilities to life, enabling them to develop themselves to the fullest. I really don’t know of any other place like it.”
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Life Enrichment Center is the creative and fitness hub for adults who, if not for the center, may not have otherwise had the opportunity to explore their talents. Year-round, the private, non-profit center offers innovative and low-cost classes ranging from digital photography and creative writing to Tai Chi and acrylic and oil painting, all of which prove to positively promote the mental, physical and creative abilities of older adults.
The Jan Platt Traveling Art Show will journey to various locations throughout the year, including Hillsborough County Libraries, MOSI, the University of South Florida and other Tampa venues. The show’s artwork will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Life Enrichment Center, which operates solely on donations and grants.
“My hope, is that as a result of this show, the center will gain many new students and donors wanting to support these great programs,” explains Mrs. Platt. “I couldn’t be more supportive of their mission or their artists.”
The current exhibition includes the artwork of various artists, mediums and genres. MOSI will house the (approximately) sixty-piece exhibition. For more information about this exhibition or the Life Enrichment Center, please visit the Center’s website at http://www.lifeenrichmenttampa.org.
Media Opportunities: This will be a visual event and the media in invited to photograph the exhibit and interview Jan Platt, Life Enrichment Center artists and executive director Ronna Metcalf. To arrange an interview, contact Julie Robbins at (813) 448-7717 or Julie (at) IdeaWorksCreativeGroup (dot) com.
About the Life Enrichment Center:
The Life Enrichment Center is a private, non-profit 501(c) 3 organization providing creative, academic and wellness classes for active adults since 1980. Recognized nationally and internationally as a model for a successful community-based private and non-profit senior center, the Life Enrichment Center is the only agency specifically addressing the needs of well, older adults. The center serves more than 20,000 adults and provides information and referral assistance to another 7,500+ each year. More than 40 classes are held on weekdays, evenings and weekends. The center is funded by tax-deductible contributions from private citizens, local civic organizations, corporate sponsors, grants and fundraising events. For more information, visit http://www.lifeenrichmenttampa.org or call (813) 932-0241.
About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology. With a total size of over 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States, and home to the only IMAX® Dome Theatre in the state of Florida. Kids In Charge! The Children’s Science Center at MOSI is the largest children’s science center in the nation. Disasterville, featuring WeatherQuest, combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. MOSI’s newest permanent exhibition, The Amazing You, explores the fascinating world of the beginning of life, childhood, and adolescent developmental life stages. MOSI is a 2009 recipient of the Institute for Museum and Library Services Medal, the nation’s top award for community service. For more information on MOSI, visit http://www.mosi.org.