Tucson Museum of Art Announces Marita Larkin Memorial Patio Garden

October 7 / 2016



Contact:  Kelly Wiehe
Director of Communications & External Affairs
(520) 616-2687

TUCSON, ARIZONA (October 07, 2016)  – The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block (TMA) recently renovated its patio garden in the Museum’s Education Center in honor of Marita Larkin, who was a Museum docent from 1970 to 2015 and president of the Docent Council in the 1970s. Larkin, a teacher at St. Joseph’s Carondelet Academy in Tucson, had a Master’s degree in drama from the Art Institute of Chicago and combined her training and mellifluous voice to the delight of her Museum tour groups. Susie Heintz, Larkin’s daughter, and a current TMA docent established the memorial fund with the generosity and support of Marita’s other children, Lynn Larkin Flanagan, and Michael Larkin.

“The Museum is honored and grateful to receive this generous gift,” said Jeremy Mikolajczak, TMA Chief Executive Officer. “This is a rare opportunity to recognize the tremendous value that our docents bring to the community, and the Marita Larkin Memorial Patio will serve as a constant reminder of how important Marita was in introducing adults and children to the enjoyment of fine art.”

“Our mother enjoyed telling people the TMA was the best show in town,” said Susie Heintz. “She loved beauty and nature. Enhancing the patio, which is already an oasis for birds, nature and people is at the intersection of the Education Center, the administrative offices, and the research library, so it is perfect outdoor space to honor and remember our mother.”

The patio garden is a beautiful sanctuary at the heart of the Museum’s Education Center and administrative offices, and received a fresh coat of paint, new landscaping and benches for all to enjoy. Once home to the county courthouses and offices, the building and central garden welcome over 3,000 school children each year, in addition to serving as a favorite lunch spot for the Museum’s active docent program – a fitting place to honor Marita Larkin’s legacy.

The family of Marita Larkin and the Museum will host a dedication celebration on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. TMA Members are cordially invited. A lite-buffet and drinks will be served.

Friends of Marita Larkin and community members are welcome to make additional donations in her honor to the Museum. Funds are currently being collected for the long-term care and stewardship of her namesake patio garden. To make a donation or for more information, please contact the Museum at (520) 624-2333.


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About the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block

The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block’s mission is Connecting Art to Life. The Museum was founded 1924 in the El Presidio Historic District of downtown Tucson. It is Southern Arizona’s premier presenter of fine art and art education programs.
The Museum features permanent and traveling exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary, Native American, American West, Latin American, and Asian art. The 74,000 square foot Museum offers guided tours, education programs, and studio art classes in a contemporary building. The Museum’s Historic Block of 19th and 20th C. adobe and Mission Revival-style buildings, encompassing an entire four-acre city block, includes the John K. Goodman Pavilion of Western Art, displaying the Museum’s notable art of the American West collection, the highly acclaimed Museum restaurant Café a la C’Art, and additional exhibition and studio spaces. For more information, please visit www.TucsonMuseumofArt.org or call (520) 624-2333.  Follow the latest events on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. TMA is a private 501(c)(3) charitable arts and education organization.


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