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Mennello Museum Day of Art

The Mennello Museum of American Art will be hosting Day of Art again this year, and we invite elementary, middle, and high school students to come explore their creative side with us.

This year, complete your summer with a back to school art party at the Mennello Museum of American Art.  With the museum all to themselves, participants and their friends will create large scale portraits of swirling ink silhouettes, write their own poetry, and tear up books while exploring fiber arts in projects inspired by artist on display, Firelei Báez.  All of the art will be ready to take home and show off on the first day of school.

Monday, July 29th will be open registration for all Elementary aged students and Monday, August 5th will be open registration for Middle School aged participants.  High School students will have the opportunity to volunteer with these age groups, assisting the teacher while creating and inspiring alongside the younger students.  Both days activities will be led by artist, Lourdes Figueroa.  Activities will begin at 8:30AM and students will be ready for pickup at 5:30PM.

Finally, this year we will have Teen Takeover for ages 14-18 years from 12 – 4PM on Saturday, August 10th.  Teens will have the opportunity to write poetry, create ink pour portraits, and work on paper before returning to school.  This group will also have the chance to contribute to a large scale community painting as part of the program as well.  High Schoolers will be inspired by the individuality and power of the image and history portrayed by New York artist, Firelei Báez.

Elementary and Middle school sessions are $45 for Mennello Museum members, and $50 for general public.  Teen Takeover is a free event.  Registration is open and space is limited with a maximum of 15 students each day.

Educational programming at the Mennello Museum of American Art delivers access to captivating American art of all genres through permanent collections, as well as renowned curated and temporary exhibitions.  Whether through lectures given by world-renowned and established artists the likes of Firelei Báez and Bo Bartlett, docent-guided tours for school-aged groups or seniors, Toddler Tuesdays, the museum’s workshops and special programming are designed to ignite personal connections to exhibitions and the exploration of art.  We endeavor 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.


Elementary Day of Art
Monday, July 29, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Middle School Day of Art
Monday, August 5, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Teen Takeover Day of Art
Saturday, August 10, 2019
12 – 4 PM

*For Elementary and Middle School Days, drop off begins at 8:30 am (activities begin at 9 am) with all students ready for pick up by 4:00 pm (late pickup available until 5:30 pm)


Non-Members: $50
Members: $45

Teen Takeover: Free with registration
Mennello Museum Members must present their valid Membership card at the museum if purchasing a summer camp session in advance online.  Space is limited – early registration is encouraged.

To Register:

Elementary School

Middle School

Teen Takeover


Purchase Tickets Online 

About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.  The Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden features many artists, including world renowned Alice Aycock.

On view through May 13, 2018:
The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence H. Lebduska

 Opening June 7, 2019:
Immersion into Compounded Time and the Paintings of Firelei Báez

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The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

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Free Family Funday

Every second Sunday of the month is Free Family Funday! Check out the photos and videos below to see some of the projects we’ve been making!

Join us at the museum for free admission all day, plus a take-home art project for the first 20 children. (Docent touring and at-museum art making are currently on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions.) Each Free Family Funday has a different theme based on the current exhibition in the museum.

The museum galleries stay open until 4:30 p.m. for all guests.

Free Family Day in partnership with City of Orlando’s Family, Parks, and Recreation is created with support from Art Bridges, a foundation dedicated to expanding access to American art in all regions across the nation. Through the “Bridge Ahead” initiative, the foundation has committed $5 million to its partner museums as they face implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual Free Family Fundays

August 2020 Virtual Free Family Funday – Eco Weaving
July 2020 Virtual Free Family Funday – Below the Surface Mobiles

Past projects have also included:

Cyanotpyes with local artist John Baker during the Edward Steichen photography exhibit; Ink Pouring Portraits during the Firelei Baez exhibit; and Stained Glass-like landscapes during the Lawrence Lebduska exhibit.  

Alice Aycock: Waltzing Matilda and Twin Vortexes

Grounds for Exhibitions − Inaugural Outdoor Exhibitions Series
On view since September 2016

The Mennello Museum inaugurates Grounds for Exhibitions with two large-scale works by American sculptor Alice Aycock installed in the Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden. The beautiful works, Waltzing Matilda and Twin Vortexes were originally part of series of seven sculptures in Aycock’s significant outdoor exhibition on Park Avenue in Manhattan entitled Park Avenue Paper Chase. Grounds for Exhibition features year-long large-scale sculpture exhibitions by nationally renowned American artists who otherwise would not be shared with Orlando audiences.

Shannon Fitzgerald states: “It is thrilling to inaugurate this outdoor exhibition program with such beautiful work by Alice Aycock, one of America’s most recognized and respected sculptors of her generation. I think visitors will delight in experiencing the stunning sculptures nestled in our lakeside landscape that challenges perspective, materiality, whimsy, and nature—in all its power and fragility.  She continues: “This is an extraordinary opportunity for our community to contemplate the vital role art has and the impact it can have when shared in the Public realm.”