Our History

1986
Visionaries Esther and Mindy Shrago create a “museum without walls,” traveling South Florida to fill the void in arts education for children.

1989
Two years of successful programming results in the opening of a 3,200 square-foot storefront in Plantation. The community embraces vision of new Young At Art.

1991
Studio art classes for children, taught by professional artists, begin. Scholarships, underwritten by corporate and foundation partners, embrace children in need.

1995
Women of Vision fundraising auxiliary is established to support Young At Art’s community outreach programs and long-term growth.

2002
Young At Art named "Best Children’s Art Museum in the Nation" by Child magazine.

2004
Young At Art launches nationally awarded program called ArtREACH, filling the void in after school education of homeless children living in shelters.

2005
Young At Art receives Promising Practice Award from the Association of Children’s Museum for ArtREACH. Two years later, Young At Art receives Promising Practice Replication Award to share ArtREACH best practices with museums nationwide.

2006
Young At Art enters into formal agreement with Broward County to construct new museum/library educational complex.

2008
Young At Art receives a $500,000 grant from the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge, naming the new museum "one of the most transformative arts initiatives in South Florida."

2011
Young At Art achieves highest national recognition with accreditation from the American Association of Museums, only the 6th children’s museum in the nation recognized for leadership and excellence by AAM.

2012
Our vision becomes reality. The new 55,000 square-foot, Gold LEED-certified Young At Art Museum and Broward County Library opens.