Young at Art museum install: Surrealism for kids
A couple days ago, I noted a news story came out highlighting the integration of a pre-school, county library, and program space at the new LEED-certified Young at Art museum in Davie, FL. I had the pleasure of doing a StoryKiosk installation as they opened their new building this last year — a good time now to share a few thoughts.
First, it’s an extraordinary museum, and I think a sign of things to come. I tweeted earlier today: “Young at Art museum gains attention for integration of museum, preschool, and library.” That about says it all. That integration of services to the local community is the next frontier for museums as I (and many others) see it. Through all the services and programs, there’s a lot more surface area to connect with local audiences. Museums are becoming less about “objects” and “exhibits” (though of course they’re still essential) and more about events and services.
My installation focused on kid-created digital art — providing simple and visually pleasing tools allowing kids to create and talk about their art. “Talking” is the essential piece in my book. Getting visitors to the point they are communicating about their experience. That’s the gold standard in a lot of theories on museum learning.
I did my installation a few weeks before exhibits opened last April, so my photos below may not show the final designs. But what a pleasure to install in this state of the art museum. Much appreciation to the vision of founder Mindy Shrago, exhibit design by Architecture is Fun, fabrication by RedBox Workshop. (And many others as well, though these are the people I worked with…)