Young At Art Museum Presents YAA Festival of the Arts on April 6 and 7

DAVIE, Fla. – Young At Art Museum and Broward County Library will partner for one of the most exciting arts and literary weekends during YAA Festival of the Arts on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the spectacular new facility located at 751 SW 121 Ave. in Davie. All outdoor events are free. Admission to the Museum is $13 per person; $12 for seniors and children over age 1; and $11 for Broward County residents.

On Saturday, April 6, the visual and performing arts will take center stage as children and teens ages 5 to 18 create and sell their artwork, and join festival patrons in enjoying entertainment by Broward County cultural and musical groups. In the Museum, master artist demonstrations and workshops will be held.

On Sunday, April 7, the literary arts will be highlighted as renowned children’s book authors, storytellers, guest artists and an outdoor book fair are featured.

“We started this festival 18 years ago and it grew into one of our signature family events and one of the largest outdoor children’s art festivals in the nation,” said Mindy Shrago, CEO and executive director of Young At Art Museum. “We are thrilled to be adding the literary component by partnering with the Broward County Library.”

Outdoor events for the YAA Festival of the Arts and admission to the Broward County Library are free. Admission to Young At Art Museum is $13 per person; $12 for seniors and children over age 1, $11 for Broward County residents and free for Museum members.

Festival Highlights

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 6
Children ages 5 to 18 will create and sell their artwork. Free ongoing entertainment on the lawn at Young At Art:
• Angeles Gitanos Flamenco Dance Studio
• Jammin’ Kids International Music Academy
• Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater
• Grand Ballet Academy
• Sean’s Dance Factory
• Weston Dance Academy

Art Show throughout the Museum:
Artists Ricardo Agudelo, Henning Haupt, Rachel Henriques, Hugo Moro, Gustavo Oviedo, Ruben Ubiera will display their works throughout the museum and host interactive educational art workshops for the public.

Workshops inside the Museum:
Non-members free with paid admission; members free

  • Chisseko Kondowe – will engage patrons in an African drumming circle performance as the beauty and simplicity of Africa is explored.
    Ongoing, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Rob Cabrera – Syndicated cartoonist Rob Cabrera of Silo Roberts fame will conduct a workshop that explores the creative process, using his own drawings, cartoons and Anime.
    Ongoing, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Painting – Young At Art Institute instructors will demonstrate painting techniques through workshops conducted in the museum’s state-of-the-art studios.
    Ongoing, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Flamin’ Raku Demo – Join Professional Artist Niko Yulis on the Institute courtyard for an igniting demonstration of a Japanese technique called Raku firing.
    2:30 p.m.
  • BluePrint Demo –Join Photographers Melanie and Stephanie Metz on the Institute courtyard and help make a collaborative, large scale photographic print on fabric.
    3:30 p.m.

Fee paid workshops inside the Museum:

  • Darkroom Blueprints – Join Photographers Melanie and Stephanie Metz in the darkroom as they expose you to cyanotype printing. Make a print on fabric to take home with you. Ongoing 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 per person, ages 5 and up.
  • Wonderful Wheel Workshop – Join Professional Artist Niko Yulis and YAA Institute Instructor Sue Aguilera in the Ceramics Studio for a spin at the wheel. Includes the firing of one piece.
    Ongoing 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. $10 per person. All ages welcome.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 7:
Scholastic Book Fair
The Scholastic Box Fair program is a family friendly book fair where books are selected to appeal to children in preschool through eighth grade. This fair helps encourage students to become lifelong readers and assist teachers with building their classroom libraries.

Appearances and readings by Children’s Book Authors and Art Workshops include:
Forest of Families Collaborative Totem Art Project – with artist Eddie Garden.
Toni Withaneye – a mother, a teacher and an author and illustrator of two children’s books Moon Jumping Babies and Little Thunder’s First Sound. The vibrant colors of her illustrations and triumphant tone of her stories exemplifies what Toni strongly believes, that “the imagination of a child can make even the most challenging dreams come true!”
Author Dani Lynn and Artist Jacklyn Laflamme – creators of The Fairy Tale Project, which combines fantasy images with the written word. The visual language conveyed through artist Jacklyn Laflamme’s jewel colored illustrations takes the viewer into the pages of an imaginative journey.

For information about the YAA Festival of the Arts, call 954-424-0085 or visit To fill out the “call to artists” form to join the festival, visit: