Our Mission

Mennello Museum of American Art enriches the public through exhibitions, education, programs, and publications that celebrate the diversity of American Art.

The Mennello Museum creates educational programming that delivers access to captivating American art of all genres through permanent collections, as well as renowned curated temporary exhibitions. The MMAA brings art studies that present the permanent collection of outstanding Earl Cunningham paintings directly into classrooms through Art Trunks on The Go: Safe Place Space.

Whether through lectures given by world-renowned and established artists like Bo Bartlett and Julie Heffernan, docent guided tours for school aged groups or seniors, or Boy and Girl Scout badge fulfillments with art projects, the MMAA’s workshops and special programming are designed to make personal connections to exhibitions and exploration of artistic methods.

The MMAA endeavors to engage all individuals who come through the doors in participatory learning of the visual arts. We seek to advance their confidence in discussions around the exhibitions and inspire creativity in personal life and art making. When curating exhibitions, the MMAA realizes it is not in isolation and has a responsibility to present culturally and socially relevant topics.


The vision of the Mennello Museum of American Art is to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its City of Orlando base of support through strong board and community relationships resulting in an improved operating environment and a reputation for being a local and national treasure.


Quality. We believe the City of Orlando deserves only the best; we aim to excel at everything we do.

Accessibility. We believe in creating a welcoming space and experience for all; we are friendly, welcome diversity, and are inclusive of all.

Curiosity. We never stop learning or thinking; we continually push boundaries, explore new ideas, strive to remain relevant and provide meaningful experiences.

Collaboration. We believe community partners are essential to mutual success; we work to build relationships and co-create with individuals and organizations.

Stewardship. The Museum will serve in perpetuity; to ensure this, we build and care for our collections, make smart use of our financial resources, and continually invest in our future.

Accountability. We exist to benefit the community with our commitment to the legacy of our founders; we demonstrate our success and value to the residents of Orlando and our visitors.

Impact in our Community

Sponsorship support helps the museum to be a premiere destination for American Art and culture in Orlando. Your support sustains future events such as:

Focus resources on programs such as Free Family Funday, offering visitors multi-age fine art activities at no cost.

Present museum experiences to Title 1 and UCP Schools at little or no cost.

Reach youth who do not have exposure to art as part of their education, serving teens with critical art development, positively and creatively impacting their young lives.

Work with social services organizations and offer their clients creative art experiences for managing behavior and feelings.

Attend outreach events and share fine art projects with 12,000 attendees.

    Our Audience

    MMAA reached over 30,000 individuals in 2023 through exhibitions, programs, and outreach.

    More than 2,200 visitors participate annually in Free Family Fundays.

    51% of our visitors live in Orange County, while 19% are from Lake, Osceola, and Seminole counties.

    30% of our visitors are tourists traveling from various regions of Florida, out of the state, and out of the country.

    In the past two years, we have increased our membership base by 45% and increased attendance by 15% per year in the past five years.

    Social media followers have increased over 26% in 2023.


    Contact Emily Jensen to learn more about 2024-25 exhibition and program sponsorship opportunities.