Architecture Collaborative

Artwork created by children and teens in the Afterschool Arts Outreach program. 

On view August 10 - October 29, 2017

Throughout the year, the Norton Museum of Art partners with seven unique youth organizations through its Afterschool Arts Outreach program. The program provides children and teens with fine arts programming, artist instruction, quality materials, and Museum tours with the aim of expanding young people’s worldviews by exposing them to multicultural arts-integrated history, fostering creative expression, critical thinking, and positive development.

With these goals in mind, Museum staff developed the Architecture Collaborative for the summer of 2017, uniting all partnership sites to work on one common project for the second time in the program’s history.

The youth in dynamic eight-week program used their observation and exploratory skills, to learn about design processes that would enable them to build the architectural structures in this exhibition. They carefully studied architectural styles from the past and present, coupled with specific design principles. The children focused on Art Deco, Mission Revival, and Modern styles of architecture. The teens studied similar styles along with Classical architecture.

To create a real-world experience, they attended specialized field trips. The younger children attended an architectural tour of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami The teens’ experience include a tour of the Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Norton’s transformative construction project from The New Norton Project Manager.

The Architecture Collaborative not only shows original blueprints, drawings, collages, and building models, but also demonstrates how these talented young people critically investigated and analyzed what it meant to go from two-dimensions to three-dimensions – from their imagination to reality.

Video: 2017 Afterschool Arts Outreach Collaborative


This program is made possible through the generosity of The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation.