In honor of the bicentennial of the 1821 Greek Revolution, the Tampa Museum of Art premieres Opa! A Celebration of Greek Independence on March 25 at 11 am EDT. This video celebration of Greek culture highlights the intersection between the 200th anniversary of Greek independence and the 100th anniversary of the Tampa Museum of Art through the artwork in the Museum’s permanent collection. With support from members of the Tampa Bay area Greek community, the presentation also features a dance performance, poetry reading, and messages that unite Tarpon Springs, the City of Tampa, and Tampa’s sister city Heraklion, Greece.

Featured throughout the program are:

  • Chris Alahouzos, Mayor of Tarpon Springs, Florida
  • Brittny Bevel, Education Curator at the Tampa Museum of Art
  • Jane Castor, Mayor of the City of Tampa, Florida
  • Marina Choundas, Tampa Attorney & Member of Greek Dance Troupe, Panigyri
  • Gian Andrea P. Garancini, Region of Crete – Counselor for Internationalization & Former Deputy-Mayor of Heraklion, Greece
  • Ippokratis Kantzios, Interim Dept. Chair & Associate Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the University of South Florida
  • Elena Paras Ketchum, Tampa Attorney & Tampa Museum of Art Board of Trustees Member
  • Vasilis Lambrinos, Mayor of Heraklion, Greece
  • John Lulias, Founder of Greek Dance Troupe, Levendia
  • Branko van Oppen, Curatorial Consultant for Ancient Art at the Tampa Museum of Art
  • Victoria Pagel, Tour & Education Programs Coordinator at the Tampa Museum of Art
  • Gus Paras, Tampa Architect & Founding Member of the Tampa-Heraklion Sister Cities Committee
  • Joanna Robotham, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Tampa Museum of Art
  • Father James Rousakis, Saints Raphael, Nicholas & Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Palm Harbor, Florida
  • Chace Sibley, Student at the University of Florida
  • Dimitrios Sparos, Consul General of Greece in Tampa
  • Michael Tomor, the Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art

The video premiere will be available to watch on Facebook and YouTube. Follow the Tampa Museum of Art on Facebook or subscribe to the Museum’s YouTube channel to be notified when this video celebration is live.

Opa! A Celebration of Greek Independence is sponsored in part by Peter Ketchum and Elena Paras Ketchum, and Gus and Marina Paras.