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Morean Arts Center Announces Access Program for Low-Income Families

06 Aug 2019, Posted by Madeleine Latimer in ART Matters, Community, In the Papers, News, Press Releases

St. Petersburg, Fla.—The Morean Arts Center (MAC) is proud to announce that it has joined Museums for All. Museums for All is a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Association of Children’s Museums to encourage people of all backgrounds to build lifelong affinity to the arts and culture. The program will enable low-income families to visit the Chihuly Collection presented by the MAC for a minimal admission rate of $3.00 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card or a Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) benefit card.

Visitors can present either an EBT or WIC card to receive the lowest admission rate, plus all children under five are free. Admission includes live glassblowing at the Morean Glass Studio and non-ticketed exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center and Morean Center for Clay, all for one minimal fee.

“We are honored to launch this initiative to help ensure all families have access to the Morean experience that inspires creativity,” says Morean Arts Center Executive Director Howayda Affan. “Museums for All offers flexibility and inclusivity and is in line with the Morean’s strategic accessibility goals. By removing the cost barrier, more families can enjoy the magic and wonder of the Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center. The MAC has outlined future accessibility initiatives that will help serve this community in meaningful and impactful ways, and we look forward to welcoming more families through this and other accessibility programs,” continued Affan.

The Morean Arts Center has partnered with the Juvenile Welfare Board on this initiative to ensure that families who can benefit from the program know about it and have ways to actively engage.

“Museums for All is making it possible for all children to have an opportunity to experience creativity and the arts”, stated Dr. Marcie Biddleman, Chief Executive Officer of the Juvenile Welfare Board. “For 75 years, we have been committed to improving the futures of Pinellas County children, and we are thrilled to be part of a program that plants the seed and offers the potential to foster lifelong passion.”

The Morean Arts Center has a long history of maximizing accessibility through a variety of programs, including Saturdays @ the Morean and Sundays @ the Morean – two free, weekly programs offered to families at the Morean Arts Center and Morean Center for Clay, plus non-ticketed exhibitions year-round

at the same two locations. Museums for All provides access to and encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly. By offering this resource and teaming up with the Juvenile Welfare Board, the Morean hopes to inspire creativity and love for the arts for all.

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About the Morean Arts Center: 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. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio and Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay. To learn more visit https://www.moreanartscenter.org.

About the Juvenile Welfare Board: The Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County has been committed to making children a priority for nearly 75 years. As a countywide special taxing district, the Juvenile Welfare Board responsibly directs the community’s investments to give Pinellas County children the best opportunities to lead healthy, successful, and satisfying lives. Last year, the Board invested in 49 nonprofit agencies that delivered 88 programs focused on school readiness, school success, prevention of child abuse and neglect, and strengthening community, and these investments served more than 66,000 Pinellas County children and their families. The Board also invests in collective initiatives with community partners to address childhood hunger, grade-level reading, and preventable child deaths. To learn more visit www.jwbpinellas.org.

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