Young At Art Museum (YAA) is a museum in Davie, Florida founded in 1987 with the belief that art is a fundamental part of a child’s complete education. It is located at 751 SW 121st Avenue, Davie, Florida, USA, in the Greater Fort Lauderdale region. The museum is one of only 8 Major Cultural Institutions in Broward County, and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The 55,000 sq. ft. museum features exhibition galleries, a YAA Art Institute, Teen Center, Museum Preschool and Broward County Public Library.
Young At Art’s five exhibition galleries provide authentic, interactive artistic, historical and cultural experiences that shift the paradigm of arts education from learning about art to using art for learning.
ARTSCAPES is a journey where art crosses time, place and culture. Featured areas include the “Cave Portal” where images of art and its histories explode with sight and sound; a “Portrait Salon” that encourages self-expression inspired by the work of artists from Picasso to Basquiat; and “Avenue A”, a New York subway car where Keith Haring’s work becomes a collective mural created by visitors.
CULTURESCAPES builds respect for our culturally diverse world through the eyes and art of contemporary artists from Africa, Haiti, Asia, Latin America and Native America. Featured art and artists include fantasy landscapes and metal sculpture by Edouard Duval Carrie that reflect the oral traditions of Haiti; paintings by artist Leonel Matheu that draw inspiration from the political turmoil he experienced in Cuba; woodcuts by Japanese artist Kenichi Yokono that juxtapose traditional and contemporary images; traditional and contemporary crafts curated by Seminole artist Pedro Zepeda; and batik and drumming circles by artist Chisseko Kondowe that convey the richness of Africa.
GREENSCAPES unveils the potential of art to call attention to environmental issues. Featured areas include “Sandscapes,” where visitors recreate the work of visionary Earthwork artists; “Pablo’s Magical Workshop & Theater,” where children, inspired by Cuban artist Pablo Cano, create and perform with recycled marionettes; and “Stomp,” an urban streetscape for the creative fusion of movement and music, the first museum installation of its kind by this renowned performance group.
WONDERSCAPES is a world of imagery based on Alice in Wonderland that fosters early childhood development through art, literacy and play. Amid murals created by Illustrator of the Year DeLoss McGraw, children experience learning at featured areas including “Alice’s Pool of Tears” for stimulating fantasy play and the “March Hare’s House & Tea Party” for conveying the concepts of scale, size, sight and sound.
THE KNIGHT GALLERY is an ever-changing space, featuring national traveling exhibitions, installations by emerging and established contemporary artists or the work of Broward high school students through the regional competition of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Young At Art believes that art has the power to enrich the quality of life for children, teens, adults and seniors – especially the most disenfranchised. Community-based initiatives include:
ARTREACH, our after school enrichment program for homeless youth ages 5-15 living in emergency and transitional shelters
The ARTHOUSE @ NORTHWEST GARDENS, an innovative community art center in one of the most impoverished communities in the nation, transformed through revitalization by the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale. The ArtHouse is an example of creative placemaking – the belief that art, culture and creativity expressed powerfully through place can create vibrant communities.
PROJECT SAIL, infusing art and science into the curriculum of child care centers as part of PNC Foundation’s national Grow Up Great early childhood initiative.
GIRLS ‘N POWER, an arts-based enrichment program for at-risk teens enrolled at the PACE Center for Girls Broward, helping them find their voice and self-worth through the creation of art.
ARTSTART ON THE GO, a curriculum-enhancing outreach for Head Start classrooms, in partnership with Broward County Public Schools, strengthening a teacher’s approach to learning and a child’s creative expression through the integration of art and science.
ART @ SUNLAND PARK ACADEMY, arts-based classroom instruction changing STEM into STEAM at one of the lowest performing schools in Broward.