Children's Museum of the Arts

Children's Museum of the Arts Founded in Lower Manhattan in 1988, Children’s Museum of the Arts’ unique curatorial program introduces children and families to world-class contemporary art exhibitions and art-making workshops taught by professional artists.
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The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Arts is to introduce children and their families to the transformative power of the arts by providing opportunities to make art side-by-side with working artists. 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 in New York City; and a permanent collection of over 2,000 pieces of children’s art from around the world.

"Those moments when a little light comes on in a small child when they’re excited about something for the first time or ...
05/12/2020

"Those moments when a little light comes on in a small child when they’re excited about something for the first time or make a breakthrough and discover something they hadn’t done before ... Happens every day."

He Puts the Art in stART! Get to know Tom Burnett, CMA Director of Early Childhood Education, on our blog. Tom's online class for little ones, FUNdamentals of Art, kicks off on Monday. Limited spots remain, so act quickly if you want to join!

Watch movies and raise money for CMA! During this year's New York Int'l Children's Film Festival (NYICFF), tune into two...
05/12/2020

Watch movies and raise money for CMA! During this year's New York Int'l Children's Film Festival (NYICFF), tune into two film programs: Kid Flicks One for ages 3+, and Kid Flicks Two for ages 8+. A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to CMA, and you'll have 48 hours to rewatch the films as much as you'd like! Use the unique links below to purchase tickets.

Kid Flicks One: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/cmanykf1
Kid Flicks Two: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/cmanykf2

05/12/2020
How-To: Framed Fabric Collages

Perhaps you've been working with family and friends to turn bandanas, tee shirts, or bed sheets into face masks to wear in public. Don't let those scraps go to waste! Turn pieces of fabric into a fabric collage that can serve as a reminder of the great work you did for others during quarantine.

While our doors are closed, CMA is here for you and your family with at-home art projects to keep children entertained and engaged. However, every day we’re closed puts the future of CMA in further jeopardy.

Every dollar you donate directly supports the Museum and ensures that CMA will remain a pillar of educational and artistic leadership in New York City. Visit cmany.org/support to donate.

Analyze artworks each day this week! Today's #ArtworkOfTheDay comes from Walter Maciel and Monica Lundy. As a response t...
05/12/2020

Analyze artworks each day this week! Today's #ArtworkOfTheDay comes from Walter Maciel and Monica Lundy. As a response to current events, Walter and Monica asked contemporary artists to create portraits of immigrants living in the United States. Zoom in and look closely at the portraits.

What do you notice? Are they all made from the same materials? How are they different? What can you learn about the people in the portraits just by looking? These portraits were featured at CMA in the exhibition Art and Activism: Drawing the Line and installed in a way that depicts the flag of the United States. Why do you think that is? What does the US flag usually symbolize? How does arranging these portraits into the shape of the flag change their meaning?

If you've visited stART Studio at CMA, you have likely encountered Tom Burnett creating art with children, leading Music...
05/11/2020

If you've visited stART Studio at CMA, you have likely encountered Tom Burnett creating art with children, leading Music Time, or showing others how to play the drums. A seasoned musician and educator (and 20 year veteran of CMA!), Tom spearheads the Museum's early childhood program and has amassed a loyal following along the way.

Join the fun by signing up for FUNdamentals of Art, Tom's online class for children ages 4-5, taking place May 18 through June 10. This twice-weekly class will explore color mixing, sculpting, drawing, multimedia, collage, and storytelling.

Spaces are limited, so sign up today!
https://cmany.org/classes-and-activities/activities/view/cma-live-fundamentals-art-tom

05/11/2020
How-To: Wrapped Animals

Do you miss visiting the Bronx Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, or New York City's other fantastic zoos and aquariums? Make your own menagerie at home with our wrapped animals project. Want to take your project to the next level? Download iStopMotion on the app store and make your own animated zoo story!

#ArtworkOfTheDay: Artist Eric Gottesman travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to photograph the experiences of children or...
05/11/2020

#ArtworkOfTheDay: Artist Eric Gottesman travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to photograph the experiences of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. This spurred a 14-year collaboration with the young people in this area, including this project, 1st Annual AIDS Orphans Comedy Festival and Laughing, Addis Ababa, which was featured in our exhibition "Art and Activism: Drawing the Line."

First, what do you see when you look at the children in these photos? What could they be feeling or doing? What can you learn about their experience just from these photos? What questions do you still have? Here’s a hint: the world-laughing champion is a man named Girma Belachew from Ethiopia who laughed for 2 hours and 10 minutes. How did the laughing competition inspire this artwork?

Our members are the heart of CMA. This month's member spotlight is the Moffett family. Learn more about member perks and...
05/08/2020

Our members are the heart of CMA. This month's member spotlight is the Moffett family. Learn more about member perks and sign up @ cmany.org/membership

"It’s hard to identify one thing that we love about CMA, but if I had to, it is that we feel so at home there. When we walk in, people know who we are. We celebrated Chloe’s second birthday at CMA and had a wonderful party! I love the classes and all of the Teaching Artists who give the children (and adults!) guidance in projects. I especially love that our CMA membership helps reach out to all communities in New York City to provide arts to everyone."

05/08/2020
How-To: Space Station

Do you dream of being the first person on Mars? Taking a step on Moon? Build your own space station out of recycled paper tubes and plastic bottles and take the first step towards your dream!

#DailyArtChallenge: Using recycled paper or cardboard as your paper, draw small and large insects. Can you use bright co...
05/08/2020

#DailyArtChallenge: Using recycled paper or cardboard as your paper, draw small and large insects. Can you use bright colors to make them pop?

Pictured: Untitled by Luca, USA. Part of CMA's Permanent Collection.

"Who has super sun-power flying skills, is camouflaged against the blue sky, shoots laser sunbeams, and harnesses the su...
05/07/2020

"Who has super sun-power flying skills, is camouflaged against the blue sky, shoots laser sunbeams, and harnesses the sun’s energy inside all of her gold accoutrement? Meet Sage!

Born of the CMA Superhero Costume Challenge, and always ready to jump on my lap and scream in my ear the same question 30 times while I’m trying to focus on work, she’s part Grecian goddess, part disco-queen-Ibiza-princess, and I adore her!"

Thanks to mom Janet (@curiousg_andme) for sharing an incredibly inspiring photo of her own tiny superhero, Sage! Check out our blog for more family art activities and show us what you come up with using the hashtag #cmanychallenge.

#DailyArtChallenge: Can you think of an animal that is extinct and draw it from memory? What animals are endangered now ...
05/07/2020

#DailyArtChallenge: Can you think of an animal that is extinct and draw it from memory? What animals are endangered now that we can help save,. so they don’t exist only in memories?

Pictured: Untitled by Jonathan Marin, Age 8, USA. Part of CMA's Permanent Collection.

Grab some popcorn and get ready for a fun, artful film experience for kids and adults alike! CMA is teaming up with New ...
05/06/2020

Grab some popcorn and get ready for a fun, artful film experience for kids and adults alike! CMA is teaming up with New York Int'l Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) to raise money while the Museum is closed to the public.

Taking place virtually from May 8-17, tune into two film programs: Kid Flicks One for ages 3+, and Kid Flicks Two for ages 8+. A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to CMA, and you'll have 48 hours to rewatch the films as much as you'd like!

Kid Flicks One: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/cmanykf1

Kid Flicks Two: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/cmanykf2

"I didn't get to sit through your entire art class today but wanted to let you know that my son Ayrton especially enjoye...
05/06/2020

"I didn't get to sit through your entire art class today but wanted to let you know that my son Ayrton especially enjoyed it. Here's a pic of his final work. As you can likely tell, he's very proud of it!”

Thank you Olivia (and Ayrton) for taking the time to share their Matisse-inspired artwork from Club CMA!

CMA Live! continues in May with new offerings in dance, movement, theater, music, and art-making. Sign up @ cmany.org/cma-live

05/06/2020
Drawing Time with Tom

Drawing Time with Tom is more than just a chance to meet his sidekick Tiny the Dog. It's a time to learn all the ways you can draw — sung in Tom's signature musical improvisation format. Join in and sing along!

#DailyArtChallenge: Flowers are an important part of springtime. Can you create your own field of flowers? Try to fill a...
05/06/2020

#DailyArtChallenge: Flowers are an important part of springtime. Can you create your own field of flowers? Try to fill an entire page with petals, leaves, and stems!

Pictured: Spring by Veronika Molnar, Age 4, Hungary. Part of CMA's Permanent Collection.

05/06/2020
How-To: Hidden Drawings

Who doesn’t love playing Eye Spy? Use your detective skills to make a “magnifying glass” and discover what’s hidden in plain sight!

05/05/2020
Story Time with Raquel: Hug Me

CMA's Associate Director of Programming, Raquel Du Toit, reads aloud from "Hug Me" written and illustrated by Simon Ciraolo.

Announcing our May lineup for CMA Live!We're thrilled to offer a slate of new offerings that incorporate dance, movement...
05/05/2020

Announcing our May lineup for CMA Live!

We're thrilled to offer a slate of new offerings that incorporate dance, movement, art-making, and theater, alongside returning favorites Music Time with Tom and Club CMA with Raquel. New offerings include:

Creative Movement with Mackie
Tuesdays at 4pm
Ages 4-7 // Free

Creative Dance with Mackie
Thursdays at 4pm
Ages 4-7 // Free

Fundamentals of Art with Tom
Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:30am
Ages 4-5 // $140 per semester
May 18 — June 10

Beginning Theater: Page to Stage
Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:30am
Ages 8-11 // $140 per semester
May 18 — June 10

Sign up @ cmany.org/cma-live

05/05/2020
How-To: Fractured Images

Sometimes things come apart before they can come together. Try your hand at our Fractured Images How-To project to learn how to turn a flat image into a 3D sculpture.

#DailyArtChallenge: Let’s celebrate our oceans and the beautiful sea creatures that call it home! Use coat hanger wire t...
05/05/2020

#DailyArtChallenge: Let’s celebrate our oceans and the beautiful sea creatures that call it home! Use coat hanger wire to create an outline of a fish and wrap it with paper. Next, color and decorate the paper and glue it to the wire.

Pictured: Fish by Aline Hitti, Age 10, United Arab Emirates. Part of CMA's Permanent Collection.

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Y...
05/05/2020

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Your donation sustains CMA Live!, our new digital classroom, which offers an equalizing gateway that goes beyond our immediate physical location to create a worldwide community of creative learning. Donate @ cmany.org/support

Did you know that CMA Members receive invitations to exclusive (online) events? On May 14, members are invited to join C...
05/04/2020

Did you know that CMA Members receive invitations to exclusive (online) events? On May 14, members are invited to join CMA’s Director of stART Studio Tom Burnett for a special Model Magic art-making workshop! Explore all of the different ways to use Model Magic for color mixing, sculpture, funny faces, and more.

Learn more about membership and join here: https://cmany.org/membership/

#DailyArtChallenge: In celebration of Earth Week, can you draw a landscape of a pristine earth?Pictured: Illustration Fo...
05/04/2020

#DailyArtChallenge: In celebration of Earth Week, can you draw a landscape of a pristine earth?

Pictured: Illustration For Song by JJ Zmaj Milica, Age 12, Yugoslavia. Part of CMA's Permanent Collection.

05/04/2020
How-To: DIY Drawing Paper

Making smoothies is a summertime tradition, but how about making paper? Use a blender in a new and unique way to create your own paper for sketching, painting, or just admiring on your wall!

No matter where you call home, the #2020Census is your chance to shape the future of your community. Complete the census...
05/02/2020

No matter where you call home, the #2020Census is your chance to shape the future of your community. Complete the census today! 2020Census.gov #ShapeYourFuture

05/01/2020
Homemade Habitats

A cotton ball as a pillow, a book as a tent, and embroidery thread as a river — use your imagination to turn unexpected objects into your own homemade habitat!

#ArtworkOfTheDay: It’s fun to travel to different worlds and cultures while reading a book. Artist Guy Laramée uses that...
05/01/2020

#ArtworkOfTheDay: It’s fun to travel to different worlds and cultures while reading a book. Artist Guy Laramée uses that idea as inspiration to create sculptures of landscapes and cultures from books themselves! Do you recognize this famous natural landmark? What do you wonder about this artwork? If you could ask the artist anything, what would you ask?

05/01/2020
How-To: Story Book

We all have stories to tell. Start by drawing a portrait of someone you see everyday, then begin to craft their story. How have they been spending their quarantine days? Share your story book with us using the hashtag #cmanychallenge.

While our doors are closed, CMA is here for you and your family with at-home art projects to keep children entertained and engaged. However, every day we’re closed puts the future of CMA in further jeopardy.

Every dollar you donate directly supports the Museum and ensures that CMA will remain a pillar of educational and artistic leadership in New York City. Visit cmany.org/support to donate.

04/30/2020
How-To: Tie-Dye Flowers

Make a tie-dye flower for a special person in your life, such a friend, teacher, sibling, or grandparent. Even the smallest gestures can make someone’s day exceptionally bright!

While our doors are closed, CMA is here for you and your family with at-home art projects to keep children entertained and engaged. However, every day we’re closed puts the future of CMA in further jeopardy.

Every dollar you donate directly supports the Museum and ensures that CMA will remain a pillar of educational and artistic leadership in New York City. Visit cmany.org/support to donate.

#DailyArtChallenge: Why do artists use symbols? What symbols do you see in this piece from CMA’s Permanent Collection? W...
04/30/2020

#DailyArtChallenge: Why do artists use symbols? What symbols do you see in this piece from CMA’s Permanent Collection? What might this artist (Romi, age 11) want you to know? Does the title Happy New Year give you any clues? What message do you want to share? Create a drawing using symbols and share it us using #cmanychallenge!

#ArtworkOfTheDay: Look at this piece by artist Lisa Kokin carefully. Upon first glance, it could look like a colorful qu...
04/29/2020

#ArtworkOfTheDay: Look at this piece by artist Lisa Kokin carefully. Upon first glance, it could look like a colorful quilt hanging on the wall. Look closer — what do you see? Is it made of fabric or something else? And what binds it together? Here’s a hint: this artwork was featured in our exhibition called "A Way With Words: The Power and Art of the Book." How does this piece include books as a material?

04/29/2020

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At CMA, we give children and families access to the creative tools that promote self-expression through the visual and performing arts. We honor the artist in every child through hands-on art programs taught by professionally-trained working artists; through our on-going exhibitions of children's art; and through partnerships with diverse community organizations that celebrate life and the arts in New York City.


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