Mennello Museum of American Art, The

Mennello Museum of American Art, The

The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret the Museum’s outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The Museum also seeks to enrich the public through special exhibitions, publications, and programs that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American artists.

The vision of the Mennello Museum of American Art is to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its city 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

Tucked away on the shore of Lake Formosa in Loch Haven Park, just north of downtown Orlando, the Mennello Museum of American Art is housed in what was once the private home of Howard Phillips, son of philanthropist Dr. P. Phillips. The intimate museum uses its gallery spaces to showcase changing exhibitions featuring American art of all genres and time periods, including originally curated and traveling shows.

The treasure of the Mennello Museum is the permanent collection of paintings by self-taught or “primitive” artist Earl Cunningham (1893-1977), generously donated from the collection of Michael A. and Marilyn L. Mennello. This collection of Cunninghams is the largest in existence, and a rotating selection of paintings remains on display. Owned and operated by the City of Orlando, the Mennello Museum of American Art opened its doors in 1998.

A lakeside sculpture garden is another attraction and is the site of the annual Orlando Folk Festival, held the second weekend in February.


  900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803



In-School Program: Art Trunks on the Go

Program description

Museum educators will lead classes in observational discovery and evidence-based interpretation of visual art works through facilitated discussions of accessible imagery.

This collaborative learning experience will conclude with an art project related to the chosen material.

Cunningham Trunk
Engaged students will be able to explore Florida’s diverse history and unique environmental landscapes through the paintings of treasured American Artist, Earl Cunningham (1893-1977).

Often considered an American Fauve, Cunningham’s paintings, on permanent display at the Mennello Museum, evoke a strong sense of time, place, and social equality while inspiring the endurance of individual creativity.

Students will draft and create 2 or 3-D representations of their own favorite places, concentrating on the setting progressing to the actions and depictions of the people who live there. They can explore both traditional and nontraditional art mediums such as pastels and charcoal or even colored pencils.


Booking / scheduling contact

Katherine Page


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Visual Arts
Cultural Origin:
Program type: In-School Workshops & Classes
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Subject: Fine Arts: Visual Art, History, Social Studies
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

August 2021 – May 2022, Monday – Friday

Available times:

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Length of program: Single class period: 30-55 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Schools must provide a devoted teacher, ardent students, adequate classroom space for presentation and art project, and projector for power point presentations.


Your school’s location

Fees / Ticketing:

$100 per trunk visit;  Includes presentation by museum educator and supplies for hands on art project.


Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Provide Lesson Plans: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Instructors receive annual professional development training: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Standards are customized for every classroom visit: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Two weeks in advance for cancellation please