Mixed media artist Sonya Sanchez Arias explains the social justice theme of her work during a 2023 Island SPACE Exhibit | Photo courtesy of Island SPACE Caribbean Museum

Plantation, Florida: This year, as thousands descend upon South Florida to enjoy fine art from the world’s most celebrated artists, they can add West Broward to their itinerary. Island SPACE Caribbean Museum and Broward Mall will become the anchor point of “Art Week Comes to Plantation,” a lineup of gallery shows, events and activities offering the best features of the creative mecca to the south, but located in the lush suburb. During Art Week, From Thursday, December, 7th through Sunday, December 10th, visitors can attend an exciting lineup of related activities. Future attendees can learn more and reserve their spots at islandspacefl.org/artweek2023.

This event series is presented in partnership with Broward Mall and the Plantation Chamber of Commerce, and made possible in part by the support of the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Broward County Cultural Division, “King” George Jograj, Dr. Lydia Malcom of Authentic Behavioral Health LLC, and her husband, Mr. Waynewright Malcolm, and the following funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Judith Cornfeld Fund for the Arts, Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation Broward Community Fund and Samuel F. Morrison Community Impact Fund.

From November through December in a show titled “New Wave: Contemporary Caribbean Art,” a collective of Caribbean and South Florida artists will have selected works on display inside the museum and in the mall’s gallery space. Featured artists will include renowned Jamaicans Karl “Jerry” Craig, Paul Campbell and David I. Muir, Preston Hanna of The Bahamas, Suhame of Cuba, and Chris Mendez of Panama.  

While on-site during the holidays, enjoy an art walk through the gallery at Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, the mall gallery near the food court and JCPenney, and through Young At Art Museum’s latest exhibition, “MAGIC, MIRTH, AND MORTALITY: Musings On Black Motherhood,” celebrating the resilience of Black mothers through the lens of visual and literary art, on display there through June 9, 2024.

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum and Broward Mall Anchor New "Art Week Comes to Plantation" Event Series
Artist Karl “Jerry” Craig, with his work on the wall behind him, speaks with art aficionados at the 2019 Island Imprint exhibit, produced by Island SPACE co-founders Calibe Thompson and David I. Muir.


Opening Reception – Thursday, December 7th (evening) – SOLD OUT

Visit Broward Mall for an opening reception to “Art Week Comes to Plantation.” Enjoy wine and light refreshments as you meet, greet and learn about the artists on display throughout the mall and at the museum. Wear comfortable shoes, so you can enjoy an art walk to see all the collections on display.

Performance Showcase and Mixer – Friday, December 8th | 6-10pm

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum will host a spoken word night and after work mixer featuring spoken word and musical performers. Also support local artisans.

Admission: $25

Family Friendly Crafts – Saturday, December 9th | 3-5pm

Visit Young at Art for Sensory Saturday 11am-12pm for unique experiences with community vendors during this sensory inclusive event. 

Then, in the afternoon, the whole family is invited to Island SPACE two doors down for a holiday crafting session where parents and kids can get artsy, hands-on, creating island-inspired holiday ornaments for the upcoming season.

Admission: $15

Paint & Sip – Saturday, December 9th | 6-8pm

Enjoy a fun, relaxing evening creating your own personal masterpiece with a surprise instructor and a glass of wine in hand.

Admission: $35

Brunch & Fashion Show – Sunday, December 10th | 11:30am-2pm

Enjoy an afternoon brunch featuring a fashion show and live performers at Island SPACE Caribbean Museum. Graze from a buffet of tropical fare while taking in the fabulous work of Caribbean clothing and accessory designers.

Admission: $45

Additional Details

To learn more about the event lineup and to reserve your spot at any of the Art Week Comes to Plantation events and activities, visit islandspacefl.org/artweek2023.

To learn about sponsorship or becoming a participating artist or designer, contact [email protected] or call 954-999-0989.

About Island SPACE Caribbean Museum (islandspacefl.org)

Island Society for the Promotion of Artistic and Cultural Education (Island SPACE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of arts, culture, history, and educational initiatives that represent the Caribbean region, in South Florida and the broader diaspora. The public is invited to visit the Caribbean museum Thursdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. General museum entry is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Visit islandspacefl.org to learn more.

About Young At Art Museum (youngatartmuseum.org)

Young At Art Museum (YAA) is open Wednesdays- Sundays 11am-6pm and has been a staple in Broward County since 1989. 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. Immersive contemporary exhibits along with artmaking stations are meant to create meaningful bonds between families and visitors alike.


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