Davie will welcome a new museum and library to the city during their grand openings Saturday.
The Young At Art Museum and Broward County Library, located at 751 SW 121st Ave., will be unveiled this weekend. The museum hopes to be the epicenter of cultural arts education for children and their families.
“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,” said Robert Cannon, the director of Broward County Libraries.
The 55,000-square-foot museum will feature four galleries: Greenscapes for environmental issues, Culturescapes with culture through contemporary artists, Wonderscapes for art, literacy and play and Artscapes for art history. The space will also feature a recording studio, café and learning center. The museum projects it will serve 500,000 families during its first year. It will also hold classes ranging from painting to 4-D video design.
The 10,000-square-foot library will house about 30,000 items, including eBooks, DVDs and CDs.
Young At Art, which began in 1989, said it was established to make a difference in art education for children and their families in South Florida, according to Executive Director Mindy Shrago.
“By inspiring families to experience art together in meaningful ways, we are developing a new generation of tomorrow's patrons, advocates and supporters of arts-based education,” she said.
The museum and library, which cost $26 million to build, broke ground on June 3, 2010.
The grand opening's outdoor activities are free, but admission to the museum is normally $13 per person and $12 for children over the age of 1 and seniors. Broward County residents can enter for $11.