20 Apr, 2010
Morris Graves Museum of Art (Old Carnegie Library Building)
636 F Street
Eureka, CA 95501
One of Eureka’s great cultural gathering spots isn’t just an old Carnegie Library building (there around 144 built in the early 1900’s in California through Andrew Carnegie grants, and 1,689 built in the U.S.) And it isn’t just an art gallery and museum. It is a beautiful place providing enjoyment, educational enhancement, and entertainment for children and adults for over 100 years.
Opened as a library in 1904, the graceful structure once neared demolition and faced the prospects of a wrecking ball. It would take over $1 million to renovate and bring the building up to current structural standards. The residents of Eureka and city planners could easily decide to tear it down and go for the quick cash that a new building project would offer. In 1996 the Humboldt Arts Council accepted an offer from the City of Eureka to undertake the effort to save the historic 1904 Carnegie Library building, and celebrated a January 1, 2000 re-opening as an art museum after spending $1.5, and renaming the facility.
Humboldt Arts Council dedicated the Morris Graves Museum to Morris Cole Graves, an American expressionist painter who founded the Northwest School. He passed away in nearby Loleta in 2001, leaving an important collection of his works to the museum.
Free programs at the Museum include:
* First Thursday Film, 6 pm
* First Saturday Night Arts Alive, 6 - 9 pm
* Second Saturday Family Arts Day, 2 - 4 pm
* Second Sunday Afternoon of Dance, 2 pm
* First Saturday KEET’s Kids Club, 12-2 pm
* Third Sunday Open Jazz Jams, 2 - 4:30 pm
* Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest