St. Petersburg, Florida -- At a time when tighter school budgets have many districts taking a close look at their arts programs, there's a brand new place for children to express themselves with paints, paste and art projects.
The Morean Arts Center held a grand opening for the Bank of America Children's Learning Center. The education kids get here involves clay, paste and paints instead of reading, writing and arithmetic.
"Some of them are painting and using magnets and putting strings through holes and others are making postcards," said Bradley Faria, an elementary student visiting the center.
"Art is important to me, because you get to show your artwork and you get to make more stuff and become famous and stuff like that," said, Paris Williams another elementary student.
The center became a reality after a $1 million grant from Bank of America to St. Petersburg's Morean Arts Center.
"When you can expose kids at an early age to the arts, it really opens up their minds, lets them experience and see things in a different way, and that's really important," said Bill Goede, President of Bank of America, Tampa Bay region.
School systems have been cutting back on their art programs, and the hope is that the Morean Arts Center will become an outlet for students who are interested in art.
The Learning Center will also offer programming in topics, such as, color design science, physics and food art.
Melvin Beal, 10 Connects