Our mission

Connecting People with Art

The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art through innovative, community-oriented art and art education and to contribute to the economic development of the region.

 

Our story

The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. Our classes and outreach programs are designed to bring out the artist in all of us. We offer adult programs, kids’ programs, family programs, early childhood programs, and summer camp programs, attracting beginners and advanced students alike.

The Morean touches the lives of thousands of youth —many of whom are at risk—through our primary outreach programs, KidVentures and Word & Image. Our exhibitions bring contemporary art created by local, regional and national artists to the community in virtually all visual mediums. These artists include Jasper Johns, Duncan McClellan, Allison Massari, Peter Max, Babs Reingold and Jun Kaneko—to name a few. The Morean Arts Center for Clay moved to a renovated space at the Historic Train Station in 2009. It has allowed for a three-fold expansion of our clay program with more classes, more space and more equipment. And the Bank of America Children’s Learning Center provides a hands-on learning environment for kids of all ages and abilities.

Our programming doesn’t stop there.

The Warhol Portrait Factory provided the opportunity to create your own portrait in the style of Andy Warhol. We co-sponsored screenings of the PBS series Art:21. Artist’s talks are held in conjunction with most exhibitions. From the Hands-on Happy Hour to Clay and Cabernet, our young professionals group—the Ambassadors —create and host unique events each quarter. Saturdays @ the Morean provides an eclectic mix of family activities for kids of all ages, and we create events for adults from the Collage Party to the Wild Party.

Several years ago, our Board members and supporters articulated an extraordinary vision: to bring a permanent collection of the art of Dale Chihuly to St. Petersburg to enrich the arts community, promote economic development, and provide the Morean with a sustainable source of revenue to help fund its operations.

The vision is now a reality with the Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center, located at 400 Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg. The Chihuly Collection is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork in a magnificent 10,000 square foot setting designed by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso. The experience is complemented by an entertaining and informative video presentation in the theater and a retail store with a wide variety of Chihuly merchandise. 

But the vision extends beyond the Chihuly Collection. The Glass Studio & Hotshop at the Morean provides working space for glass artists, comfortable audience seating to watch glass-blowing in action, and teaching facilities for studio classes and workshops. There is even an opportunity for a personal glass-blowing experience and you can purchase original glass art created by local and regional artists in the Hot Shop retail store.

All our facilities are available for rental for receptions, events, meetings, and weddings.

Art energizes people. It enriches our lives through self-expression and self-discovery. Cuts across all boundaries, all age groups, all walks of life. It reflects the best instincts of our community—its pride, vision, spirit and generosity. It enhances tourism, stimulates economic growth and promotes civic pride. It teaches. Entertains. Heals. Art is important for all of us.

Connecting People with Art is what the Morean does every day.