Tampa Museum of Art Partnership
The USF Honors College has been partnering with the Tampa Museum of Art since 2015,
offering valuable research opportunities for students and an important community service.
Through a capstone course called Connections, where students learn about medical conditions
like dementia, depression, and PTSD, students are trained to facilitate interactions
between works of art and patient groups who are dealing with these and other diagnoses.
After completing the course, students lead special tours at the Tampa Museum of Art
for community partner organizations.
These therapeutic interactions with art provide a range of benefits for participants, including access to memories, expression of emotions, communication skill development, stress and anxiety relief, and promotion of positive emotions. Through this partnership, students also contribute to research in the fields of art, medicine, and mental health. Additionally, the partnership has expanded to offer internship opportunities for students.