Library ribbon-cutting event marks opening of “Dance into the Sunset,” a new community space connecting Historic Northwest and Downtown West Palm Beach
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (November 21, 2018) — Taylor Moxey, a 12-year old philanthropist and entrepreneur from Miami, will celebrate the grand opening of her third mini-library on Tuesday, November 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the new outdoor activity space called “Dance into the Sunset,” located at 600 4th Street in West Palm Beach. The new public library is housed in a converted and refurbished shipping container and includes a range of reading materials for all ages to enjoy seven days a week, from dawn to dusk. The pop-up library is a partnership between the Taylor Moxey Foundation and the City of West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.
The grand opening of the library also marks the official opening of the new outdoor activity space, which aims to connect the Historic Northwest with Downtown West Palm Beach by creating a vibrant, walkable path between Downtown and the Sunset Lounge. The Dance into the Sunset project is being executed by the City’s Office of Public Life, the first of its kind in the nation, which takes into account how people use City of West Palm Beach public spaces.
The A&E District issued a call to artists to create a mural on the exterior of the pop-up library. Concepts for the unique mural for the shipping container were required to be uplifting, create a sense of place and celebrate the community’s rich history of music and dance. The winner will be announced at the grand opening next week.
An ambitious and hardworking entrepreneur who transformed a $40 loan from her parents into an expanding empire, Moxey has accomplished incredible things at a very young age. The 12-year old has successfully built a cupcake company; written an inspirational best-selling book, “The Adventures of Taylor the Chef
;” and developed a line of motivational daily mantra cards using a play on her last name, called “Moxivation” Cards. She also created the Taylor Moxey Foundation to empower young girls and boys like her to become entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities.
Under the Taylor Moxey Foundation, the Taylor Moxey Library was created to help improve literacy in low-income areas. The project is designed to make libraries more accessible to children and adults locally, nationally and internationally through the Taylor Moxey Library Systems. Moxey’s West Palm Beach library marks the third location, with others in the small village of Mangrove Cay in Andros Bahamas and Omni Park in downtown Miami.
From the shipping container structure to the shelving system, Taylor Moxey Libraries are designed to serve as creative learning spaces. The West Palm Beach location, which works on the honor system, houses a range of books for both children and adults. The books are not arranged categorically to encourage readers to discover new topics and increase curiosity as they browse row after row. The shipping container was donated by Seaboard Marine, and the books come from a variety of donors across South Florida. Interior designer Anya Cesar from the FYI Network donated her services after hearing about the project.
The Taylor Moxey Foundation is conceivably Moxey’s most impressive venture. She started it solely to empower, educate and endow young girls and boys with the tools necessary for them to become civic-minded entrepreneurs and leaders. At a very young age, she grasped the concept that philanthropy is simply not about monetary donations and charity, but it is about solving a problem and empowering the less fortunate to bring about real change. Moxey’s foundation most recently partnered with TECHO to work to build small homes for the underprivileged in Latin America and Haiti.
In recognition of all her efforts, Moxey was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Youth Philanthropist Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Miami Chapter on National Philanthropy Day on November 2.
Launched four years ago, the A&E District encompasses more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural venues. In addition to helping to bring the Taylor Moxey Library to West Palm Beach, the A&E District has been involved with the Musical Swings; Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts; CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show, CONTINUUM WPB Arts; Inside Out/Dreamers Project; Short Story Dispensers; Truth Booth; and other pop-up performances and projects.
About Taylor Moxey
Taylor Moxey is an internationally known entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist, whose long list of successes began when she turned a forty-dollar loan from her parents into a growing empire known as Taylor Moxey, LLC. Under the Taylor Moxey, LLC umbrella is the cupcake company (Taylor the Chef), an inspirational bestselling book The Adventures of Taylor the Chef, a line of motivational, daily mantra cards using a play on her last name “Moxivation Cards” and the Taylor Moxey Foundation with a mission to inspire the young generation to become social entrepreneurs using education, empowerment and endowment. For more information, please visit: http://www.taylormoxeyinc.com/
About the City of West Palm Beach
The City of West Palm Beach partners with our communities to preserve and enhance quality of life through an extraordinary focus on service. West Palm Beach is a vibrant, resilient, inclusive and safe world-class city.”
About the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District
The West Palm Beach A&E District is a centralized collection of inspiring arts and entertainment venues; art and history museums; galleries; libraries; performing arts companies; and art education institutions. Situated in the heart of South Florida’s most progressive city, the District includes more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural destinations that form a defining industry cluster. The A&E District enhances the appeal of West Palm Beach as a visitor destination, drawing attention to its status as a vibrant city illuminated by its beauty and range of creative expression. A free trolley dedicated to connecting partners makes getting around the District easy and enjoyable.
About the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
Nationally recognized as one of the most innovative CRAs in the country, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) sets the standard for redevelopment through award-winning marketing and branding campaigns, events and attractive business incentive programs. The mission of the CRA is to enhance the viability, long‐term stability and the overall economic health of the Downtown City Center and Northwood Pleasant City districts, the core of the City of West Palm Beach. For more about the Community Redevelopment Agency, visit wpb.org/cra