MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — Since 1997, the Myrtle Beach Museum of Art has been located on South Ocean Boulevard.
On Tuesday, the art museum announced plans to move to the Arts and Innovation District.
The Waccamaw Community Foundation unveiled a pair of $50,000 grants to the art museum and the Partnership Grand Strand in an effort to bring increased economic and cultural diversity to Myrtle Beach.
The grant will help fund a study for their relocation as they look to the next 25 years into their future.
“I like to say that art completes a community,” said Patricia Goodwin, Executive Director of the Art Museum.
Goodwin says the city approached them about moving to the new Arts and Innovation District.
She says the growing museum space at their current location is becoming limited.
“We love this building and there is something very special about this building, but we just need more space,” Goodwin said.
The grant was presented by the Waccamaw Community Foundation on behalf of the Knight Foundation.
“We just did a survey of our donors who are interested in a number of things, with art being near the top,” said Mike Mancuso of the Waccamaw Community Foundation.
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Karen Riordan said she thinks the museum’s move would be a perfect fit for downtown Myrtle Beach.
“Having the art museum in the Arts and Innovation District will bring a lot of life to this neighborhood,” Riordan said.
No official plan has been finalized, and Goodwin says art is something every town needs to feel complete.
The move can take place between 3 and 5 years before an official move is made.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Waccamaw Community Foundation unveiled a pair of $50,000 grants to the art museum and the Partnership Grand Strand, both with the goal of bringing increased economic and cultural diversity to Myrtle Beach.
The art museum is part of their vision to move the museum to the arts and innovation district in downtown Myrtle Beach, which seems pretty fitting with the word “art” in the name.
The art museum’s executive director, Patricia Goodwin, said it’s a project they’ve been talking about for a few years and that the funding will help fund a study to relocate the museum to the arts district and of innovation in downtown Myrtle Beach.
“We love this building, but we need more space,” said Patricia Goodwin, Executive Director of the Art Museum. “As wonderful as this place has been, we need to be much bigger. Not just gallery space, but office space and work space, also storage space for our internal galleries. »
Goodwin says they are still in the very early planning stages and says it could take another three to five years before a final decision is made.
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