Aventura Mall Promotes Literacy Through Education-Themed smART Gallery
AVENTURA, Fla. – April 12, 2017 – Aventura Mall recently hosted smART Gallery, a free and unique art exhibition visited by thousands of families and children.
From March 7-11, the gallery featured more than 40 pieces in various mediums created by local and national professional artists, all displayed at eye-level to enhance children’s viewing experience. The exhibition also incorporated interactive activities for children, including a puppet show, arts and crafts, and reading. In partnership with The Children’s Trust, all pieces and activities were themed to promote literacy and numeracy in the Miami-Dade community.
smART Gallery attracted families and schools from across South Florida, which brought students on field trips to view the gallery. The exhibition also hosted “Family Day” where kids enjoyed interactive activities, including a Digital Graffiti Wall and hands-on projects using the Fresh Paint app for Microsoft Windows 10.
Anabel Llopis, Senior Director of Marketing for Aventura Mall, said literacy is a key component of the mall’s Kids Club program, which provides a free book to all families that attend events.
“Aventura Mall strives to promote educational initiatives throughout the South Florida community,” said Llopis. “smART Gallery was a great way for children and their families to experience art in an informative and engaging way.”
Aventura Mall partnered with Just My Height Art Shows to curate the gallery pieces. Highlighted art pieces included “Sandpaper Letters” by Margie Bauer, “Keep Chasing” by Quintiara Ford, “Do I Know Enough” by Benedicte Blanc-Fontenille, and “Heart Hype” by David McCauley.
The event raised approximately $5,000 for Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy across Miami-Dade County, as well as for the artists.
For more information, visit https://www.aventuramall.com/promotions/kids-club.html or call 305-935-1110.
About Aventura Mall
Miami’s premier fashion destination and one of America’s most visited shopping centers according to Travel + Leisure magazine, Aventura Mall features a collection of upscale boutiques and more than 300 of the world’s most iconic retailers. Anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Macy’s, the shopping center includes luxury retailers Givenchy, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Fendi, Burberry, CHANEL Fragrance & Beauty, Bally, Emilio Pucci, and Brooks Brothers, as well as Apple, Michael Kors, H&M, Tory Burch, Sam Edelman, Microsoft Store, Urban Outfitters and other shopper favorites. Visitors also enjoy nearly a dozen restaurants, an artist-designed interactive playground, a 24-screen AMC Movie Theatre with IMAX, and a taste of South Florida’s thriving arts scene with Arts Aventura Mall, featuring contemporary installations by renowned international and local artists. Aventura Mall is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call (305) 935-1110 or visit online at www.aventuramall.com.
About The Children’s Trust
A dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their futures. Visit www.thechildrenstrust.org for details.
About The Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership
The Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership is dedicated to families and children in our community. The Family Learning Partnership collaborates with community agencies and institutions to improve child and family well-being. The work focuses on family and adult literacy, family support, child welfare, literacy training and research. The Partnership serves as the literacy coalition for Miami-Dade County.
About Just My Height Art Shows: Bringing fine art to young children’s eye level®
A registered trademark and is an art-show concept developed and managed by Miami Artist Christine Lyall in 2013 in which fine art produced by professional and/or emerging artists is displayed at 36 inches high, allowing for young children, as well as adults, to see the art. This approach allows children of all ages to see, explore and engage with fine art, thus helping to cultivate the art creators, collectors and patrons of the future.