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Dedicated space designed for popular and growing arts programs at downtown library.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (August 14, 2018) -- The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is opening a new, comprehensive studio space for creatives on its second floor, named Studio 411, to support its popular and growing range of arts programs.  The new studio was formed to create one central location for artistic adults to create, explore, and learn about a variety of arts and crafts from painting, drawing and sculpture to crocheting, soap-making and jewelry-making.  Studio 411 will officially open on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 4:00 PM with a ribbon cutting celebration followed by a studio orientation, just in time for the library’s fall programming; patrons are encouraged to attend a studio class or stop by and see the new space.  
Studio 411 aims to enhance the library’s arts programs by providing a variety of services that encourage and develop creativity, and by cultivating the local artist community where amateurs and experts can interact and collaborate with each other.  Library staff devised the clever name, which was a nod to both the artist studio concept and the library’s address on Clematis Street (as well as the 4-1-1 information reference). 
As with all library programs, all of the services, tools and materials available at Studio 411 are completely free of charge for patrons during classes (limited materials will be available during drop-in times, and special equipment will require training and self-purchased supplies, details online). Some of the services that will be available include:
  • Hands-on art classes for a variety of art forms and mediums
  • Art lectures about history, trends, collections and more 
  • Craft lessons and classes 
  • Mentoring amateur artists by local professionals
  • Live art observations and performances
  • Collaborative art projects
  • Art drop-in center – studio free time to work on independent projects
  • Training for creative entrepreneurs – marketing, business, professional growth, etc.
On Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 PM, and Thursday, September 6 at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, the library will hold Studio 411 orientations along with its first craft classes.  Guests can learn about the services available, tour the new space, and partake in a demonstration of the popular craft tool, the Cricut Maker. 
As part of the Studio 411 launch this fall, the library will host a social media contest for participants attending art classes and workshops in the new space.  Studio participants who create art pieces and share pictures of their new masterpieces on Instagram between September 18 to December 13 will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to Jerry’s Artarama.  Participants must tag the library (@mandelpubliclibrary), and use the hashtag #Studio411Art2018 to be entered to win. 
The library is also introducing a studio series in September for Creative Entrepreneurs seeking professional growth that will focus on accounting, marketing and branding for artists (visual, performing, literary, designers, etc.).  Local artists and crafters can also start using the studio for personal projects, to finish library projects, or to collaborate on new projects during the Artist Drop-In & Equipment Training each Wednesday, starting September 12, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
The library created this studio space due to the popularity of its arts and crafts classes and to consolidate all of their art efforts into a dedicated area.  Previously individual art classes were being set up and removed in various rooms throughout the building.  The new art studio will now free up additional rooms allowing the library to add more adult and children’s programming and providing more rental space for the public to utilize for meetings, clubs, conferences, etc.
“All of our make-and-take art classes have become extremely popular over the past few years.  They are a great creative outlet for our adult patrons and a fun activity for friends and family to do together,” said Lisa Hathaway, Assistant Director at the Mandel Public Library. “With Studio 411, we are able to unite all of our art programming, making it more efficient for our staff and more valuable for our patrons to learn, utilize and collaborate.”
Arts programming at the Mandel Public Library is generously funded by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation, and the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District.  The library made use of capital improvement funds to convert this old IT space into a collaborative community studio benefitting staff and patrons.  The library continually shifts and expands its programs and building areas to meet the growing community needs and interests.  Most recently, the library opened Square One, a dedicated space to help disconnected young adults with free services including mentoring, technology, career development and training, academic advancement, and more.
Studio 411 is the latest addition to the wide variety of offerings provided by the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.  In addition to the immense catalog of books and movies, the popular downtown library offers a diverse selection of events and activities including fitness classes, technology classes, job help, educational advancement, book clubs, film screenings, homework help, story times, cultural performances, dance classes, music lessons, cooking classes and much more.  For a complete listing of events and activities, visit wpbcitylibrary.org.

Photos of Studio 411 Courtesy of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach
About the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach
Founded in 1895, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach has evolved from a modest Reading Room along the waterfront to an innovative and cutting edge facility located in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach. The Mandel Public Library provides a wide range of programming for kids, teens, and adults focused on creating inspired lives by connecting people with information and ideas. Today, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach welcomes over half a million visitors annually and loans over 800,000 items to 100,000+ library cardholders.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7700.
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