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Exploring Life Through Art and Creativity

Exploring Life Through Art and Creativity

Engaging and exploring our own creativity can help increase our lifespan, reduce depression, and just make life better!

Our community is fortunate to have so many cultural offerings; theater, music, dance, gardens, historical sites, trolley tours, and of course, art.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the state art museum of Florida. In addition to the museum, the grounds also host the Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion, Circus Museum, Ca’ d’Zan, Historic Asolo Theater, Johnson-Blalock Education Center, and the Bayfront Gardens.

In 2018, The Ringling rebranded its Community Engagement Group as the IDEA Team (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access). The concept is to make The Ringling a welcoming and inclusive experience for all people.

A visit to The Ringling has many accessibility options and features for people of all ages and abilities:

  • Personal Care Attendants can receive complimentary admission with a care recipient ticket purchase.

  • Trained service animals are permitted in all public areas of the campus for individuals with disabilities, as defined under Florida Statue 413.08.

  • Accessible parking, tram service (on ADA-accessible tram), and wheelchairs/strollers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Visitors who are blind or have low vision, as well as those who are deaf or hard of hearing, can request special docent-led tours with advance notice that include tactile objects and visual descriptions.

  • Assistive listening devises are available on all Mable’s Tours, Ca’ d’Zan, and docent-led tours in the Museum of Art.

  • Ringling Reflections is a special tour for individuals with memory loss and their care partners on select Sundays. The tours are free of charge but require advanced registration.
  • A sensory-friendly map is available to help describe and navigate the grounds for an enjoyable experience. The map is color-coded to indicate the type of environment — calm to stressful — with quite spaces noted in and around each sector.

The Museum of Art is FREE on Mondays, and there is reduced admission and extended hours on Thursday evenings. Museums for All offers FREE museum admission to families (up to four people) with a valid EBT, SNAP, or WIC card. Discounted museum admission is available to active US Military, Florida teachers, and college students.

If you are interested in exploring your creative side, The Ringling Museum, in partnership with Friendship Centers, is offering Outside the Lines, a drop-in art discussion and hands-on session. The next sessions are in March and April.


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