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August 27, 2014, 5:05 pm

Morisset new program leader for historic museum

Philadelphia Art Gallery founder and international art curator, Florcy Morisset, has been named the new director of programs for the Richard Allen Museum located inside Historic Mother Bethel AME Church on the corner of South 6th & Lombard streets.

In her new role, Ms. Morisset has positioned the Richard Allen Museum in the monthly “Fourth Friday’s Arts on South” gallery tour organized by Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and the South Street Headhouse District. The Richard Allen Museum will be open for free guided tours and special programming starting Aug. 24 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will then open every fourth Friday of the month, rain or shine. Visitors will have the opportunity to see rare artifacts and treasurers dating back to the 18th century, including the precious tomb of Bishop Richard Allen, the founder of the AME Church. Volunteer docents from the Mother Bethel Historical Society will be on hand to explain the exhibit and talk about the history of the AME Church, the African-American community, past and present, and the AME Church’s contribution to the African Diaspora.

The museum is normally open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays after the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services. This is the first time the museum hours will be expanded on a regular basis with evening hours.

“Our museum attracts religious pilgrims, tourists, and researchers from around the world daily,” said the Rev. Dr. Mark Kelly Tyler, Mother Bethel’s pastor. “This is a great opportunity for us to share our rich history with an audience that might not have the opportunity to see it during regular museum hours. We are excited about the creative ideas and museum marketing skills Florcy Morisset brings to our team at Mother Bethel.”

Florcy Morisset is the founder and director of “Vivant Art Collection” (http://www.vivantartcollection.com) — an international cultural arts gallery located in the Historic district of Old City, Philadelphia. Morisset is a business leader, community advocate, and a culture arts ambassador working at the intersection of Philadelphia’s business and arts & culture scene. Morisset is the gallery director and founder of “Vivant Art Collection,” a cultural arts gallery that highlights art from the Middle East, Africa, Mexico and Haiti and serves as a hub for artist, collectors and professionals. Florcy is also an art consultant, and curates diverse audiences, cultural programs, and enriching art exhibits utilized to change the community and strengthening economic development in underrepresented countries. She has received several awards for her work in the community, including: One of 10 People Under 40 to Watch in 2011 by The Philadelphia Tribune and the Next Generation of Leadership, Rising Star by Philadelphia City Council.

For more information about the Richard Allen Museum, or Mother Bethel AME Church, go to http://www.motherbethel.org or call (215) 925-0616.