DATE: April 24, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
The new Young At Art Museum and Broward County Library will celebrate its grand opening at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 at its new facility, located at 751 S.W. 121 Ave., Davie, FL 33325. The sleek, modern 55,000 square-foot LEED-certified building will house both a free, public Broward County Library and the Young At Art Museum, an innovative children’s arts education complex. This unique partnership provides children and families with a spectacular, family-friendly facility that provides enrichment, education and entertainment – all in one location. While there is an admission charge to the Young At Art Museum, there is no charge to enter the Broward County Library.
The 10,000 square-foot Broward County Library at the Young At Art Museum boasts a collection of approximately 30,000 items for customers of all ages, including books, CDs, DVDs and more. It also offers free public library services including the use of library materials, 23 public-use computers and free Wi-Fi throughout. A meeting room, group study room, storytelling room and tutoring rooms are available, and Young At Art and the Broward County Library will jointly participate in numerous countywide programs throughout the year.
Broward County Library will feature two days of free activities for children and families on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, including:
Saturday, May 5
• Adventures with Safari Sue: Exciting tales from around the world, 10:30 a.m.
• Author/Illustrator Dallas Clayton discusses his latest book, shares his music and demonstrates his painting live, 2 p.m.
• Martial Arts Demonstration: Watch Korean Tae Kwon Do, 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 6
• South Seas Excitement! Learn the “Haka” (Maori war chant) with a warrior from New Zealand and see how the game “poi” is played in the Polynesian islands, 11:30 a.m.
• Yoga from India: Stretch your mind and breathe while learning yoga techniques, 1:15 and 1:45 p.m.
• A Puppet Show from Another World, 4 p.m.
Young At Art Museum will feature four permanent galleries: GreenScapes, CultureScapes, WonderScapes and ArtScapes, each providing guests with a thematic artistic journey. Additionally, the Museum will feature the YAA Institute, artist-in-residence studios/installations, a national traveling exhibition gallery; a teen center and recording studio, gift shop, café and a preschool classroom that can accommodate 22 children.
“Through the joint development of this facility and its many cooperative programs, this is a groundbreaking partnership and one that we know will be a model for other museums and libraries throughout the country,” says Robert E. Cannon, Director of Broward County Libraries. “This unique facility will provide cooperative, hands-on computer and reading literacy programs and art education activities for families in South Florida as well as visitors.”
Young At Art Museum first opened in South Florida in 1989 in a donated storefront building, headed by artist and Young At Art Museum Executive Director Mindy Shrago. The Museum’s exhibitions and programs quickly outgrew the small space and moved it an expanded location in Davie in 1998. Collaborations within the community and with major corporations help to forward the Museum’s mission and led to the opening of its new building.
Parking for the grand opening will be available at Robbins Lodge, located at 4005 Hiatus Road, Davie, FL 33314. Complimentary shuttle buses will run on a seven-minute loop to transport guests to Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library.
Young At Art Museum and Broward County Library at a Glance
Grand Opening: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 5, 2012
Location: 751 S.W. 121 Ave., Davie, FL 33325
Size: 10,000 square feet
Hours: Mon.-Sat.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sun.: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 38 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, www.broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.