Art supports our intellectual and emotional needs and should be accessible to all with no boundaries or limits. As a nonprofit, YAA’s mission is to enrich our community through artistic, interactive experiences for all ages which inspire creativity and encourage an understanding of the world in which we live. Our love and support for our community surpasses the divide from geography, ethnicity, economics, and disability to bring the transformative power of art to all.
ArtREACH (Art –Reconnecting and Educating homeless Adolescents through Creativity and Hope) established in 2004, is a nationally recognized initiative that has served over 1,000 homeless children and families in Broward. ArtREACH provides free, after school arts and academic enrichment to children and teens residing with their families in Broward emergency & transitional shelters or independent transitional housing. ArtREACH is a partnership among Young At Art Museum, Broward County Public School’s Homeless Education Assistance Resource Team (HEART) and Broward shelters. Our goal: To provide a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that uses the creation of art, academic tutoring and behavioral support to improve the educational and emotional welfare of homeless youth.
Girls Empowered is an arts-based gender-empowerment course at the PACE Center for Girls Broward, which serves teenage girls at risk. Since 2007, YAA has served over 700 teens, ages 13-18, daily, addressing risk factors such as low self-esteem and mental health. Celebrating Earth month in April, participants showcase handmade, eco-friendly garments in YAA’s NY style Recycled Fashion Show, with a significant success rate of 93% annual graduation for PACE teens and Girls Empowered participants.
Parent to Kid Connection (PKC) will host 10 free monthly parent and child group sessions at Young At Art Museum by partnering with organizations across Broward. These sessions explore a unique blend of creative play, art-making, and open dialogue, facilitated by partnering early childhood experts and professional artists. These artists and parents will engage participants creatively in their artistic practice and stories of how motherhood or fatherhood has influenced their body of work. The program focuses on fostering healthy parenting skills, promoting positive mental health practices, encouraging creative approaches to raising families, enhancing communication skills between parents and children, and building lasting community bonds.
YAA for ALL (Access to Lifelong Learning, through YAA’s partnership with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD), has modified museum galleries to decrease visual stimulation and sounds; developed picture signage, maps, visual cues and social stories; developed specialized art programs; and trained staff to work effectively and compassionately. Our goal: to create an inclusive museum environment that provides extraordinary learning and social experiences for children and adults with autism and other sensory integration sensitivities, with the potential to build a community of tolerance.
YAA is honored to be the first CARD Autism Friendly Partner
Sensory Saturdays celebrate inclusivity and diversity through art every second Saturday of the month. All are always welcome to explore and get creative in a safe and inclusive environment!
YAA On the GO! Mobile Art Museum brings exciting visual arts experiences to parks, festivals, communities, and schools across South Florida to families in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties to spread the joy of art and unite communities through the art-making process. YAA On the GO! makes art accessible by traveling to low-income communities.
YAA At Home offers free online art resources to keep children, families, and art enthusiasts engaged. Through downloadable art activities, virtual tours, and instructive videos, YAA aims to make art accessible in classrooms, studios, organizations, businesses, and homes, collaborating with artists to inspire creativity everywhere!