ARTogether provides an opportunity for families in New York City’s child welfare system to enjoy visits with one another in CMA’s art-filled, family-friendly space, which was specifically designed to promote parent-child interaction. With individualized guidance from clinically-trained visit facilitators, families collaborate on art projects, play together, and forge new family memories through shared creative experiences. This program serves families working towards reunification and those seeking preventative services.
ARTogether allows caregivers to implement positive parenting and communication strategies in a natural community setting alongside other families who are visiting the museum. ARTogether’s therapeutically-informed approach to supporting at-risk families enables each family to set and accomplish specific goals that will enable them to lead a safe, stable, and nurturing life with their children. By transforming visits into productive opportunities for family bonding, ARTogether will help participating families build the trust and stability necessary for strong relationships.
Support for this program is generously provided by Help For Children, an organization committed to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
ARTogether is available for families with children ages 2-12 years who are:
For supervised visits, family caseworkers must be present.
“[ARTogether] is extremely beneficial and a positive experience not only for the family but the social worker. The work that the therapist did was extensive and while fun, an educational experience for all.”
– SUPERVISING SOCIAL WORKER
“I loved how we had a routine and I stuck to it since that was one of my issues with my son. His behavior changed 100% better in school and I thank the museum and Sarah for that.”
The Objective of the Guide: The guide is a tool based on ARTogether as a model program designed to help families navigating the NYC child welfare system to connect and bond through the use of art, dialogue, collaboration and sharing, imaginative play, and community inclusion. This tool is a description of the strength-based family approach used in ARTogether, ways to engage families using art and play, and the role cultural institutions can play in supporting at-risk families. ARTogether is structured to reflect the goals of CMA’s pedagogy of LOOK, MAKE and SHARE.