Pride & Passion 13 | Strange Beauty

Pride & Passion 13 | Strange Beauty

Join us for this spectacular annual fundraiser gala for the Tampa Museum of Art's community outreach and educational programs!

Strange Beauty: Pride & Passion 13 will be a fun and energy-filled evening full of surprises inspired by Baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild’s 1972 Surrealist Ball at the Chateau de Ferrières; Please arrive wearing your finest Strange Beauty attire; black tie optional, evening gowns, and surrealist masks and headdresses. The night will feature meticulously planned details, bizarre décor, intriguing guests, intoxicating food and drink, and bewitching music and dance.

The inspiration for Strange Beauty, the 13th annual Pride & Passion gala, began with the number 13, and the many strange beliefs and superstitions behind it; how it is considered to be an unlucky number by many cultures, but a sacred and lucky number by others. These dichotomous beliefs made us think how art and people are often perceived in the same way. One person may look at a Dali or Kahlo painting and think its subject matter is weird, or dark, or even taboo, while another person thinks it’s fascinating and beautiful; and since life imitates art, this translates into our everyday lives. People of different races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, and cultures are often considered to be strange. Our diversities are as endless as the opinions about them. What is perfectly normal to one person may be bizarre to another, but truly beautiful things happen when we see something or someone that we don’t identify with, or maybe even makes us uncomfortable, and emotions are evoked, thoughts are formed, questions are asked, and we see something that we haven’t seen before and find the light in the darkness and the beauty in the strangeness.

Pride & Passion brings together our diverse community to raise money for engaging educational programing and world-class exhibitions at the Tampa Museum of Art.

The LGBT community has been synonymous with Arts and Culture in Tampa Bay and around the world. It’s befitting that Pride & Passion, a signature fundraising event for the Tampa Museum of Art, features our community. It’s equally befitting that the money we raise funds programs at the Museum that reduce barriers to admission, create safe places for people to experience the arts, and celebrates our local talent.

All tickets include a wide variety of delicious delicacies from local restaurants and a premium open bar.
Non-Member: $125
Member: $100

A heartfelt thank you to our wonderful sponsors, donors and vendors. Strange Beauty and Pride & Passion would not exist without your support, your generosity and your kindness. A special thank you to those who have also supported us in previous years as well.
If you are interested in becoming a Pride & Passion sponsor, please contact Bernadette Casey or visit our website:

Wells Fargo

The 2017 Pride & Passion Committee is comprised of friends and members of the LGBT community who produce Pride & Passion in partnership with the Tampa Museum of Art:
Marvin Meeks | Chair
Sing Hurt | 2019 Incoming Chair
Nicholas Catania | 2020 Incoming Chair
Lillian Chor | 2021 Incoming Chair
Thomas Aue - Whitney Brundage - Nicholas Catania - Todd Edwards - Justice Gennari - Libby Hopkins - Vashti Jattansingh - Walter Pinilos - Amy Storch - Mai Tran


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Date(s): April 14, 2018
Hours: 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM


120 Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602