Local artist and philanthropist Beth Morean has agreed to donate the historic Seaboard Train Station-turned-Morean Center for Clay to Arts Center Association, Inc., which operates the Morean Arts Center. Presser at 4:30 PM Wed.
The nearly 90-year-old train station (20,844 square feet) is one of the country’s largest working potteries. The donation, which is valued over $3 million, is a significant gift to the Morean Arts Center organization, comprised of The Chihuly Collection, Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop, Morean Center for Clay and Morean Arts Center.
“This is a significant donation because it allows us to expand our classes, workshops and children’s programming,” says Morean Arts Center CFO and Interim Director Roger Ross. “This donation, coupled with a recent $500,000 Cultural Facilities Grant awarded to the Morean Arts Center from the State of Florida will help to develop a hands-on learning center for children at the Morean Center for Clay.”
The Morean Center for Clay is starting “Sunday’s at the Morean” on August 30, from 1 PM to 3 PM, where parents/guardians can bring their children to create hands-on art, free of charge thanks to a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. This is modeled after “Saturday’s at the Morean” which is a free weekly hands-on program for children and parents, starting again on August 29, from 10 AM to 4 PM.