CMA Stories

CMA’s Indigenous Peoples Cultural Festival will be held on Sunday, November 4th in partnership with Redhawk Native American Arts Council. We invite you to learn some Lenape words in our Sound Booth workshop, the first language spoken in Lower Manhattan! Read more

Groove to your beat! Guest Teaching Artist Juan Carlos Polo will be teaching us all about the percussion instruments and techniques unique to this genre at our Peruvian Cultural Festival on Sunday, October 7th. Read more

We will be creating hidden meaning posters inspired by The Polish School of Posters in the gallery on Sunday, September 23rd during our Polish Cultural Festival. Learn more about techniques artists use to hide messages in their work! Read more

We will be creating mixed media wired sculptures inspired by Adejoke Tugbiyele in Fine Arts, upcycling animations in the Media Lab, exploring the beats of West Africa in the Sound Booth and more! Read more

We will be creating colorful doorways inspired by Haiti’s Jalouzi community in Fine Arts, sculpting the coral reefs of Haiti in the Clay Bar, creating Compas inspired music in the Sound Booth and more! To get us ready for the festival, here are 6 fun facts about Mereng... Read more

We will be creating constellation-styled maps inspired by contemporary Moroccan artist Bouchra Khalili in the Fine Arts Studio, sculpting the animals of Morocco in the Clay Bar, creating Gnawa inspired music in the Sound Booth and more! To get us ready for our musical creations in the Sound Booth, here are six fun facts about Gnawa music... Read more

Throughout the festival we will be creating layered mixed media art inspired by Shahzia Sikander in Fine Arts, remixing Pakistani Pop in the Sound Booth, sculpting the fauna of Pakistan in the Clay Bar, and more! To get us ready to dance to our creations in the Sound Booth, here are six fun facts about traditional Pakistani dances... Read more

Join us on Sunday, February 11 for a celebration of the culture of Taiwan. Taiwan has a rich Indigenous history that is still widely celebrated by its people. To learn more about Taiwan’s unique culture, check out these fun facts. Read more

6 Fun Facts About Bebop

On Sunday, January 28, the spirit of the legendary Savoy Ballroom will fill the museum with an interactive dance presentation by The Harlem Swing Dance Society. To get ready for the dance workshops, check out 6 fun facts about bebop, a style of music that came out of Harlem. Read more

Celebrate the diverse cultures of Indigenous Peoples with CMA on Sunday, November 12. There will be arts and musical workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary arts practices within the Indigenous community. Let’s learn together!
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On Sunday, October 15 we will be celebrating the culture of Colombia at the museum. Join us for a day of workshops and musical performances inspired by Colombian artistic traditions! Read more

School is finally out for the summer, so we’ve rounded up a number of fun, FREE family events to add to your calendar. Enjoy outdoor movies under the sunset, make art on historic Governors Island, spend an evening at CMA...the creative fun awaits!
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Children’s Museum of the Arts is excited to host a family-friendly Pride festival this month. Get ready for the festival with this list of picture books on pride and gender expression that our local librarian, Kristy Raffensberger from the NYPL branch at 66 Leroy Street, put together for us. Read more

India Jolie loves ice cream so much, she decided to turn her passion for the sweet treat into a business. With the help of family and friends, India raised enough money last summer to purchase an Italian Ice cart. Read more

This Sunday, April 9, we will be celebrating Egyptian culture with the Egyptian Celebration Company. Join us for workshops and performances inspired by Egyptian artistic traditions, such as mythological hybrid masks, collaborative pyramid sculptures, and stories from the Nile River.
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