Sunflower Creative Arts Breaks Ground on Learning Center in Delray Beach
Sunflower Creative Arts, a non-profit learning center that has been in operation for 22 years in Boca Raton, broke ground on its new facility in Delray Beach on Friday, May 22. The center is moving its operations to Delray to accommodate a growing student population and significantly expand its play, nature and arts curriculum offerings. Mayor Cary Glickstein attended and spoke at the ceremony, along with Sunflower Founder Susan Caruso and Sunflower Board President Jennifer Ligeti.
Sunflower Creative Arts has purchased an historic home in Delray Beach, built by hand by members of the McMurrain family in 1949. The home and the adjacent lot, also acquired by Sunflower, are located at 227 North Dixie Boulevard, just east of Swinton. Several members of the McMurrain family attended the groundbreaking.
“We are so pleased to be moving to Delray Beach,” said Susan Caruso, Founder of Sunflower Creative Arts. “Delray is progressive and artsy, and has a real sense of community. It fits Sunflower Creative Arts perfectly.”
About fifty of Sunflower’s students, families and supporters gathered with hard hats and shovels to officially kick-off the renovation. In addition to a remodeling of the home, the center is developing a nature playground on the adjacent lot, with water features, gardens, and nature paths. It will be one of the first true nature playgrounds in Palm Beach County. Sunflower is also planting 26 trees on the two lots, which further embraces the significance of nature in its curriculum.
Sunflower Creative Arts’ cornerstone “Seedlings” program is a parent cooperative early learning program for children ages two to six. This mixed-age program, grounded in a supportive play-based learning environment, nurtures imagination, science and nature exploration, arts expression and literacy, while giving tools for empowered communication and peaceful problem-solving skills. Sunflower’s other classes include mommy & me and after-school programs focusing on play, nature and the arts (including theatre), as well as parenting education.
The philosophy is that hands-on learning experiences in play, nature and the arts are essential for healthy human development. The pillars of Sunflower’s educational philosophy are Respect for the Individual, Learning Through Experience and Learning Within Community.
Sunflower Creative Arts will open in Fall 2015, and registration is now available by calling 561-482-3412. Sunflower Creative Arts accommodates children with learning differences and also offers need-based scholarships.
For more information on Sunflower Creative Arts, visit their website or call 561-482-3412.