What is the Two Red Roses Foundation?
The Two Red Roses Foundation is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the acquisition, restoration, preservation, and public exhibition of important examples of furniture, pottery and tiles, lighting, woodblocks, textiles, photography, architectural faience, and fine arts from the American Arts and Crafts Movement. The Foundation was endowed by generous gifts from Florida businessman Rudy Ciccarello - who has assembled one of the largest personal collections of Arts and Crafts objects in America - and exists to foster public recognition and appreciation of the high quality craftsmanship and design philosophy of the early 20th century.
Recently, the Two Red Roses Foundation formally announced plans for the construction of the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (MAACM), which will become the permanent home for the Foundation's comprehensive collection. The museum will be located in the thriving downtown arts district of St. Petersburg, Florida, near the Craftsman-styled bungalows found in the historic Old Northeast and Kenwood neighborhoods of the city. Situated on a 3.5 acre site, the collection will be housed in a four-story, 110,000-square-foot building designed by award-winning Tampa architect Alberto Alfonso. Projected for completion in late 2017, the museum will be a cultural destination for the millions of visitors to St. Petersburg each year, as well as a lively community center of art, education, and enjoyment for the surrounding communities.
The Two Red Roses Foundation Mission Statement
The mission of the Two Red Roses Foundation, a private, non-profit educational institution in Palm Harbor, Florida, is to promote an understanding of the American Arts & Crafts movement through the acquisition, conservation, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the decorative and fine arts.
To that end, the Foundation -
- Collects and conserves objects made in America between approximately 1900 and 1930 that reflect the spirit of reform in design and craftsmanship, generally accepted as the Arts & Crafts movement
- Collects books, catalogues, publications and archival material related to its collection and the period
- Supports research pertinent to its collection and the movement
- Lends objects from its collection for exhibition by other institutions
- Disseminates the results of that research through exhibitions, publications, and other educational activities and programs for the general public and school children