Children's Museum of the Arts

Children's Museum of the Arts Founded in Lower Manhattan in 1988, Children’s Museum of the Arts’ is a non-profit art museum that introduces children and families to world-class contemporary art exhibitions and art-making workshops.

CMA offers an expansive selection of online programming for children and families, which allows the museum to serve its community in New York City, as well as a broader audience of children from around the world. CMA’s programming consists of four distinct initiatives: thematic exhibitions of artwork by contemporary artists; on-site public programming, studio workshops, and art classes taught by professional working artists; school and community outreach programs that provide free art education to underserved children throughout New York City; and a permanent collection of over 2,000 pieces of children’s art from around the world. At Children’s Museum of the Arts, the central Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery displays a rotating series of contemporary artwork, while CMA’s dual-level Bridge hosts a rotating series of interactive site-specific installations that are thematically linked to the main exhibition. CMA has exhibited artwork by emerging and established artists from New York City and around the world, including Ian Berry, Rammellzee, Misaki Kawai, Rico Gatson, and Guerilla Girls.

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"Every child is an artist"Welcome to the Vision Fund, a new fund supporting the Museum's reimagined vision as we develop...
11/23/2020

"Every child is an artist"

Welcome to the Vision Fund, a new fund supporting the Museum's reimagined vision as we develop the forthcoming Look Make Show, a weekly interactive, online variety show where child and adult artists work together to take on important questions of our time.

Learn more and make your donation:
https://cmany.org/vision-fund-2020/

11/23/2020
Introducing Children's Museum of the Arts' Vision Fund

Children’s Museum of the Arts is pleased to announce the Vision Fund, a new fund created to support the Museum’s reimagined vision as it expands its unique programming and initiatives, including the forthcoming Look Make Show, a weekly interactive, online variety show where child and adult artists work together to take on important questions of our time.

The new fund supports the museum’s refreshed mission statement to unite children and artists to create and share ambitious new works of art with their communities and the world. With this fund, CMA will continue to expand its programming and school partnerships across the city, and offer specialized programs for children with physical disabilities, children on the autism spectrum, and families with children in the foster care system.

The main goal of this fund is to support the development of the Look Make Show, named after CMA’s pedagogy “Look Make Share,” in which children investigate works of art, use that inspiration to create their own pieces, and share their works with peers. The show is based on the principle that all children are artists; everyone is born with the capacity to contribute meaningfully to the conversation of art and the development of form, and adults have as much to learn from children as they do from us. Geared towards children ages five to twelve, the television show bridges education and entertainment to answer today’s important questions, about art, our world, and everything between. Each episode will take on a theme — the first episode will address monuments — and feature short, interactive segments such as skits, singalongs, art-making, animation, puppet characters and more. The weekly series will invite children through school visits, Weekend Open Studios, and After School programs to participate in the making of the show.

The Look Make Show, which will launch in 2021, represents CMA’s integrated approach to engaging children, artists, their communities and the world. In addition to the fund, a series of programs will be implemented to increase engagement from the local to the global level, including a residency program in which an artist and a neighborhood will be selected to collaborate on the creation of new artwork and public programming, and gallery partnerships where children will be invited to exhibition-making camps held at New York City galleries. These programs will be regularly highlighted in the Look Make Show.

Through the fund, CMA will expand its 30 year commitment to creating opportunities for children and their families to make art side-by-side with artists. From its origins as a small storefront project in SoHo serving local families, the Museum has expanded over the decades, accommodating a more robust exhibition program of contemporary art, as well as classrooms and specialized facilities for media arts.

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Our youngest students in After School this week studied the artwork of Faith Ringgold and read her first children's book...
11/20/2020

Our youngest students in After School this week studied the artwork of Faith Ringgold and read her first children's book, "Tar Beach." Students drew themselves flying over cities and landscapes — one student imagined herself flying over a rainbow with her mom and dad 🌈

It's never too early to start holiday shopping 🛍️ Check out "Shopping," part of CMA’s Permanent Collection, on view at Q...
11/17/2020

It's never too early to start holiday shopping 🛍️ Check out "Shopping," part of CMA’s Permanent Collection, on view at Queens Museum as part of “Ulrike Müller and Amy Zion: The Conference of the Animals”

Who's that guy? Say hello to Tom, CMA's esteemed Director of Early Childhood Education, as drawn by one of his loyal stu...
11/16/2020

Who's that guy? Say hello to Tom, CMA's esteemed Director of Early Childhood Education, as drawn by one of his loyal students in Music and Making Marathon. Join this virtual class for little ones, taking place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday @ cmany.org/cma-live

Turn your holiday shopping into a fundraiser for CMA! Join beloved artist Justin Teodoro at the BOSS Store in SoHo this ...
11/13/2020

Turn your holiday shopping into a fundraiser for CMA! Join beloved artist Justin Teodoro at the BOSS Store in SoHo this Saturday from 3-6pm to celebrate the launch of the BOSS x Justin Teodoro collection. 15% of sales from this event will be donated to the Museum. You’ll also have the chance to meet Justin and enjoy holiday treats and giveaways.

This week in After School was all about Sailor Moon. Students studied non-sequential storytelling in comics, including f...
11/13/2020

This week in After School was all about Sailor Moon. Students studied non-sequential storytelling in comics, including flashbacks, memories, visions, and dream sequences. One student shared that she was elected class mayor at her school — the group was thrilled to hear!

"Chinese Festival Parade" Part of CMA’s Permanent Collection, on view at Queens Museum as part of “Ulrike Müller and Am...
11/10/2020

"Chinese Festival Parade" Part of CMA’s Permanent Collection, on view at Queens Museum as part of “Ulrike Müller and Amy Zion: The Conference of the Animals”

During After School classes this week, students made props for their movies out of clay, pipe cleaners, paper, and found...
11/06/2020

During After School classes this week, students made props for their movies out of clay, pipe cleaners, paper, and found materials. We looked at a set design by Lauren Taylor and a set from the stop-motion film “The Haunting at Danford Cabin.” One student attached her paper smoke to a Q-tip so she could make the smoke move up and down out of a chimney. Another student became a flower-making expert and figured out how to make the perfect petals out of clay!

Join as a monthly or yearly CMA Member and enjoy exclusive access to Family Game Night, a virtual event just for members...
11/04/2020

Join as a monthly or yearly CMA Member and enjoy exclusive access to Family Game Night, a virtual event just for members, on Friday, November 13 at 6 PM. Families will create their own game of Twister using different shapes and colors. Afterwards, we will use our unique game boards to play together via Zoom. Sign up @ cmany.org/membership

There’s a lot at stake this week. Students tackled the big issues (including cotton candy!) during last year's Election ...
11/02/2020

There’s a lot at stake this week. Students tackled the big issues (including cotton candy!) during last year's Election Day-themed art camp at the Museum. What issues are important to the children in your life? Let us know in the comments 🇺🇸💥

Happy Halloween! Stay safe and healthy on this extra spooky day 🍁Pictured: "Autumn In The Woods" by Mariann Szabo, Age 1...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! Stay safe and healthy on this extra spooky day 🍁

Pictured: "Autumn In The Woods" by Mariann Szabo, Age 12, Hungary. Part of CMA's Permanent Collection of over 2,000 paintings and drawings of children’s art from over 50 countries.

10/30/2020

Moment of joy from this week's After School classes ❤️

— One student mixed the perfect shade of pink for her Jiggly Puff painting.

— Students were so engrossed in creating their 3D set designs that no one wanted to log off at the end of class. They even voted to keep working on their projects instead of playing a game!

— Monochrome paintings of animals were a hit.

FUNdamentals of Movement with Mackie wrapped up today!  We played Halloween-themed games, designed our own monsters, and...
10/29/2020

FUNdamentals of Movement with Mackie wrapped up today! We played Halloween-themed games, designed our own monsters, and even acted out how they would move. Happy Halloween, everyone 👻

Learn art-making from the experts during CMA's online art classes. Looking to make art on your own time? Check out our r...
10/29/2020
CMA Live! - Children's Museum of the Arts New York

Learn art-making from the experts during CMA's online art classes. Looking to make art on your own time? Check out our resources for at-home arts education, including projects, inspiration, and tips. Promotional support provided by the NYC & Company Foundation.

CMA Live! brings the Museum’s renowned programming into your own home. These interactive art classes take place over Zoom and invite children of all ages to participate in sing-alongs, create their own artworks, explore creative movement and dance, learn theater arts, and much more. Class times ar...

We are *so* thrilled to be included in Time Out New York's “Future New York: The 20 People, Places and Things Shaping a ...
10/29/2020
Future New York, now! The 20 people, places and things shaping a better city today

We are *so* thrilled to be included in Time Out New York's “Future New York: The 20 People, Places and Things Shaping a Better City Today in NYC.” CMA’s Art Pods are fully customizable to fit the artistic interests of your child and their friends.

“Individualized pods, which are often held at home or a public space, are new ways for children to connect with one another while honing in on a particular subject. (For example, Children's Museum of the Arts offers pods in animation, claymation and printmaking.)”

From floating green spaces to virtual theater, here's why New York's future is looking bright.

Halloween may look different this year, but the spirit of the season is alive and well in our free virtual art classes! ...
10/28/2020

Halloween may look different this year, but the spirit of the season is alive and well in our free virtual art classes! This Friday at 1 PM, tiny ghouls are invited to dance like a zombie and walk like a witch during Movement with Mackie 🎃 Next, on Sunday at 11 AM, celebrate Día de Los Muertos, a Mexican holiday honoring the lives of those who have passed, by baking and decorating a festive loaf of bread using a traditional family recipe. Sign up at cmany.org/cma-live

"I'm Drawing" by Alex Yu. Part of CMA’s Permanent Collection, on view at Queens Museum as part of “Ulrike Müller and Am...
10/27/2020

"I'm Drawing" by Alex Yu. Part of CMA’s Permanent Collection, on view at Queens Museum as part of “Ulrike Müller and Amy Zion: The Conference of the Animals”

Double, double, toil, and (good) trouble! During today’s Movement with Mackie online class, we started off with warm-up ...
10/23/2020

Double, double, toil, and (good) trouble! During today’s Movement with Mackie online class, we started off with warm-up games, then explored different ways to get into "good trouble" through pantomime .We also looked at Rico Gatson's new piece honoring John Lewis and created our own light portrait sketches with colors, lines, and symbols.

This week in After School, we studied self-portraits, facial proportion templates, and Albrecht Dürer. Our project was t...
10/23/2020

This week in After School, we studied self-portraits, facial proportion templates, and Albrecht Dürer. Our project was to create self-portraits that were half-realistic and half-abstract — first in pencil, and then in either acrylic or watercolor. One student invented a new kind of watercolor wash technique that looked like tye-dye!

Taking place this Saturday at 11 AM, Club CMA Para Familias focuses on the theme of Nuyorican Printmakers and draws insp...
10/22/2020

Taking place this Saturday at 11 AM, Club CMA Para Familias focuses on the theme of Nuyorican Printmakers and draws inspiration from “Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York,” currently on view at El Museo del Barrio.

Taller Boricua was an East Harlem-based Nuyorican collective workshop and alternative space known for cultural empowerment and political activism. In the 1970s, the studio produced hundreds of prints that centered on issues of Puerto Rican independence, workers’ rights, and anti-imperialism.

Saturday’s online workshop will be presented predominantly in Spanish while providing translation to English as needed. Click here to sign up: https://cmany.org/classes-and-activities/activities/view/cma-live-club-cma-para-familias-2/

In honor of heroes like the late Rep. John Lewis and young activists such as Greta Thunberg, participants will explore t...
10/21/2020

In honor of heroes like the late Rep. John Lewis and young activists such as Greta Thunberg, participants will explore the power of speaking out through movement games and pantomime during Movement with Mackie this Friday at 1 PM.

For Kids:
Journal or draw a picture to answer this question “What is something about being a kid that grownups just don’t understand?” Share this with a grownup in your life.

For Adults:
If you’re able, it’s time to get out the vote! Election Day is November 3.

"Untitled" by E. Lane, Age 11. Part of CMA’s Permanent Collection, on view at Queens Museum as part of “Ulrike Müller a...
10/20/2020

"Untitled" by E. Lane, Age 11. Part of CMA’s Permanent Collection, on view at Queens Museum as part of “Ulrike Müller and Amy Zion: The Conference of the Animals”

Check out this masterpiece created during last Saturday's Inclusive program for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorde...
10/20/2020

Check out this masterpiece created during last Saturday's Inclusive program for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The project was homemade stamps, and folks soared to the occasion using wine corks, sponges, apples, lego bricks, and so much more!

Artist Mona Chalabi created 100 New Yorkers to help us see what New York City looks like across different ages, races, g...
10/19/2020

Artist Mona Chalabi created 100 New Yorkers to help us see what New York City looks like across different ages, races, genders, abilities, and neighborhoods. Can you see yourself in the image?

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council invites you to show us what your slice of New York looks like. Using a sheet of paper, create a drawing of yourselves, each other, your family, or the people that represent New York City to you.

For this competition, Mona will select 10 winning images. These images will be displayed in the Oculus of Westfield World Trade Center from November 12-15, alongside Mona’s work. All submissions will be displayed on the LMCC website. Submit your work by Monday, October 26, 2020 to LMCC.net/competition.

View 100 New Yorkers by Mona Chalabi across 22 screens in the Oculus, presented by LMCC and Westfield World Trade Center, with support from The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as part of River To River 2020: Four Voices.

This week in Animation and Character Design, it was all about creating the foundation, or skeleton, for our characters. ...
10/09/2020

This week in Animation and Character Design, it was all about creating the foundation, or skeleton, for our characters. In order to be able to move and animate our characters, we need to make sure that they have a strong flexible foundation. The key to a flexible foundation is armature, which we created out of wire and tape.

A few students didn't have wire for their armatures, but they got amazingly creative — one student taped paint brushes together, while another student used wire from a hanger.

We also looked at Aardman Animation Studios and viewed clips from the movie Chicken Run. To let off steam, we played freeze dance, and it was really fun for everyone to let loose and show their dance moves. TGIF!

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday from 5-6pm by learning about the work and process of Tzotzil photographer Sä...
10/09/2020

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday from 5-6pm by learning about the work and process of Tzotzil photographer Säsäknichim Martinez.

The artist will be joined by her former photography students from the Tzeltal and Tzotzil Mayan communities, Julieta Esperanza Gómez-Vázquez and Susana Petrona Pérez de la Cruz, who have gone on to form the Stsebetik Bolom art collective.

RSVP: https://cmany.org/.../cma-live-indigenous-peoples-day.../

International Day of the Girl supports opportunities for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality. This Friday...
10/07/2020

International Day of the Girl supports opportunities for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality. This Friday at 1 PM, we invite you to celebrate this important day by creating Frida Kahlo-inspired self-portraits during Club CMA with Raquel. All genders are welcome to create with us!

"The Baseball Game" by David Liu, Age 10.Part of CMA’s Permanent Collection, on view at Queens Museum as part of “Ulrike...
10/06/2020

"The Baseball Game" by David Liu, Age 10.

Part of CMA’s Permanent Collection, on view at Queens Museum as part of “Ulrike Müller and Amy Zion: The Conference of the Animals.”

Selections from CMA’s Permanent Collection of children’s artwork are on view at Queens Museum as part of “Ulrike Müller ...
10/05/2020

Selections from CMA’s Permanent Collection of children’s artwork are on view at Queens Museum as part of “Ulrike Müller and Amy Zion: The Conference of the Animals.”

This two-part exhibition features a mural by German artist Ulrike Müller, known for her emotionally and politically charged abstract painting, coupled with an exhibition of children’s drawings by independent curator Amy Zion. We are delighted to see these works in such a fitting context, and encourage families to explore this timely exhibition!

https://queensmuseum.org/2019/12/conference-of-animals

Moments of joy from this week's After School Classes ❤️+ One student said that Animation and Character Design got rid of...
10/02/2020

Moments of joy from this week's After School Classes ❤️

+ One student said that Animation and Character Design got rid of her "Wednesday boredom" and was so thrilled that we have the rest of the semester to go.

+ Another student in Tools and Techniques drew a scene with a lion and a son that she described as a "moment stopped in time."

+ A student in Graphic Novel Club designed a character with plant powers — it was fantastic.

What is your favorite CMA memory? In 2016, The New York Times reviewed our "Mission to Space" exhibition, which featured...
10/01/2020
David Bowie and Other Artists Lead Children on a Galactic Adventure

What is your favorite CMA memory? In 2016, The New York Times reviewed our "Mission to Space" exhibition, which featured Masayoshi Sukita’s iconic photographs of musician (and CMA patron!) David Bowie.

“[David Bowie] used to bring his daughter, Lexi, to the museum when it was on Lafayette Street,” Barbara Hunt McLanahan, the museum’s executive director, said, referring to [CMA’s] original SoHo location. (Lexi, more formally known as Alexandria Zahra Jones, is now 16.)”

This exhibition at the Children’s Museum of the Arts includes David Bowie’s earliest music video and other interstellar adventures for kids (and parents).

What would you do if you had the attention of an entire crowd? During Friday's Sculpt with David online art class, we wi...
09/30/2020

What would you do if you had the attention of an entire crowd? During Friday's Sculpt with David online art class, we will sculpt a clay set featuring a stage and a crowd.

The rest is up to you! What will you put on stage? A dramatic play? A pop song? A magic show? Fill your set with props and people to capture your audience.

Sign up for free @ https://cmany.org/classes-and-activities/activities/view/cma-live-sculpt-david-platform/

09/29/2020
CMA Live! Reel

CMA Live! brings the Museum’s renowned programming into your own home. These interactive art classes take place over Zoom and invite children of all ages to participate in sing-alongs, create their own artworks, explore creative movement and dance, learn theater arts, and much more. Learn more at cmany.org/cma-live

Who went apple picking, pumpkin patchin' or corn mazing this weekend? 🙋🍎🎃🌽Pictured: "My Uncle's Farm" by Brian Fang. Par...
09/29/2020

Who went apple picking, pumpkin patchin' or corn mazing this weekend? 🙋🍎🎃🌽

Pictured: "My Uncle's Farm" by Brian Fang. Part of CMA's Permanent Collection, comprised of over 2,000 works of children's art from over 40 countries.

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