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Beth Morean Donates Historic Train Station

24 Aug 2015, Posted by Sherrona Steward in News, Press Releases

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.

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