Morean Arts Center: Arts Alive is opportunity to celebrate year-round arts accessibility

01 Sep 2019, Posted by Robin McGowan in ART Matters, Classes, Community, Events, In the Papers, Morean on TV, News, Press Releases

St. Petersburg, FL (Saturday, Sep. 21, 2019) – Arts Alive, originally launched by the Smithsonian Museum and sometimes referred to as Museum Day, Saturday, September 21, represents a national commitment to access, equality and inclusion. The Morean Arts Center and Morean Center for Clay will host several free art exhibits and hands-on opportunities. The Chihuly Collection will use the celebration to reach school-aged children and those in underrepresented communities with free admission for all children under 5 years of age and through its year-round Museums for All program 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.

“Museum Day is not about getting visitors through the door,” said Howayda Affan, Executive Director of the Morean Arts Center. “We want to be focused on being a springboard ensuring that we authentically connect the community to art in all that we do.” In August the Morean announced they are participating in the National Museums for All program. “We recognize that people with some of the greatest barriers to access the arts, can’t adjust their work schedules, child care, or transportation solutions on a single day. Museums for All is available year-round and does not require advance planning,” said Affan. “As we remove the financial barrier in this way we hope to reach more children and families.”

Saturday, September 21

FREE: Saturdays at the Morean, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

Bank of America Children’s Learning Center

Artist Sherri Lundquist will guide children ages 5 to 10 accompanied by a parent or guardian in the experience of color mixing and mono-printing. Materials and supplies are provided and instruction begins at 10 am, is closed from 12:30 to 1 pm, and resumes with project work up until 3:30 pm.

FREE: Visit the current exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

Between 9 am and 5 pm

ArtOfficial Intelligence: The 8th Annual St. Petersburg Robot Exchange featuring robotic art created by nearly 40 of the 90 local participating artists will be in the Stanley gallery. With a focus on accessibility the open exhibition includes amateur and professional artists who enjoy the playful and creative opportunity to create art inspired by robots. All artist awards in this exhibition are done through a people’s choice vote.

You Can Feel What We See: Works by Pinellas County Students will be in the Risser gallery.

This show introduces the sighted viewer to the way visually impaired people view their world, literally, with their hands. Most of the more than 70 pieces of artwork submitted are touchable and people are encouraged to touch the artwork in a methodical way that will bring out the whole picture after “feeling” the sum of the parts.

Morean curated at the Hermitage: Richard Seidel

Throughout the year, the Morean and Hermitage Apartment Homes partner to showcase local artists. Richard Seidel’s vibrant, expressive paintings are currently featured in the contemporary, airy lobby space of the Hermitage. The Hermitage is just a block away from the Morean Arts Center at 151 7th Street South in St. Petersburg.

FREE: Visit the current exhibits at the Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg

Between 10 am and 5 pm

The Center for Clay is featuring an exhibit of work created by their 2019-20 Artists in Residence. The participating artists include: Catherine Mills of New Orleans, Claire McCauley, of Chicago, Danny Dobrow of Minnesota, Katie Fee of South Carolina, Jonah Fleeger of Indiana and Yeonsoo Kim of Haenam, South Korea.

Selected from nearly 50 applicants, the artists styles reflect diverse experiences and training ranging from the lyrical story telling approach of McCauley to conceptual multi-media work of returning second year resident Dobrow. The 48 working artists with studios at the Center also have a wide selection of hand-made pottery and sculpture on sale in their retail areas.

Ticketed events and demos:

Saturday from 10am to 5 pm. The Chihuly Collection offers FREE admission for children under 5; $19.95 adult; Senior and Military discounts to $17.95 and students with college ID or ages 6 to 18 are $12.95. Tickets include admission to the Morean Glass Studio and demonstrations hosted by glass artists in the hot shop at 1,2,3 and 4 pm. Through the Museums for All program, a minimal admission rate of $3.00 per person is offered with the presentation of an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card or a Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) benefit card.

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