Leonel Matheu at the YAA Museum

The New YAA


Through an extraordinary public/private partnership with Broward County, Young At Art Museum is proud to present its new 55,000 square-foot, Gold LEED-certified permanent facility. The new YAA is a project of social inventiveness for families. The new museum has been envisioned as the first art museum experience for children – nurturing the child from birth through teens and into adulthood – creating a no-fail, arts-based learning environment that will transform the way children embrace the arts, become tomorrow’s patrons of the arts and develop into future advocates and supporters of the arts.

Years of extensive planning have gone into the visualization of the new Young At Art Museum. Experts from some of the nation’s finest museums including The Getty, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Noguchi Museum, Museum for African Art, Chicago Children’s Museum and Brooklyn Museum of Art convened in a symposium to inform the content and context of our Exhibit Master Plan. Parents, educators, artists, cultural groups, children and teens from across South Florida contributed their insights as well. A nationwide search for architects and exhibit designers resulted in the selection of an exceptional design team – AECOM of Miami and Glavovic Studios of Fort Lauderdale as architects; Architecture Is Fun of Chicago as exhibit designer; Redbox Workshop of Chicago as exhibit fabricator.

The new YAA is a place where families can gather; where children can build a sense of identity through art, architecture, history and culture; where artists can teach their aesthetics; where teachers can develop new art-integrated classroom skills; and where teens can expand their potential, whether through CD production in our Teen Center’s recording studio or through volunteer opportunities throughout the museum.

The new YAA embraces art reflective of the cultural diversity of South Florida, enabling children and adults of diverse ethnicities to build bridges of understanding. Through art children will discover themselves and their role in society.

Above all, children and teens, adults and seniors, teachers and students will have fun – exploring, experiencing, discovering and learning by creating art that explores our diverse and complicated world and helps us understand the broad range of human experience.

 

El YAA (por sus siglas en inglés) tiene cuatro galerías permanentes: ArtScapes, CultureScapes, GreenScapes y WonderScapes. La primera sala es una aventura a través de los más de 5,000 años de creación visual. La segunda, CultureScapes, está dedicada a celebrar la diversidad cultural. Aquí el público tiene la oportunidad de experimentar e incursionar en los magníficos universos creados por artistas de disímiles procedencias culturales. Son ellos Edouard Duval Carrié (Haití), Leonel Matheu (Cuba), Chisseko Kondowe (África), Kenichi Yokono (Japón) y Pedro Zepeda (artista seminole).

La sala creada por Leonel Matheu se basa en la idea errante de la nación cubana. Las estaciones y las estrellas sirven como referencia a la búsqueda de asideros -de hecho, los niños pueden hurgar en las puertas y gavetas que encierran cada uno de los paisajes. Lo mismo ocurre con el personaje central, una media cabeza que a modo de iglú, descansa en el suelo. Una vez dentro, los niños pueden descubrir toda la imaginación y los recuerdos que atesora el personaje en su interior.

Por su lado, la intervención de Edouard Duval Carrié se basa en el imaginario haitiano, creando interesantes calados de juegos de luz y sombra con personajes propios de la cultura popular creole.

 

Read more here: http://www.elnuevoherald.com/2012/05/24/1208797/un-museo-para-jugar.html#storylink=cpy

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