Early in our history, CMA put out a worldwide call to ask children for artwork. As a result, CMA now holds one of the largest collections of children’s artwork in the world. See it here.

This year CMA celebrates 30 years of art making. Now embracing the digital age, CMA proposes a second call for children to make art worldwide with CIVICKIDS, and to begin a dialogue by sharing their art online. Each month, CMA will issue a digital challenge to create a project based on themes of civic engagement including leadership, sustainability, kindness, and freedom.

Join the movement! Here’s how to participate: 

This month’s digital challenge is The Drawing Game. Created by Surrealist artists, The Drawing Game is an easy, social way to get creative with no drawing experience necessary. Try it out at home, at school, or anywhere else you find community!

Adults: This is a fun, low-risk icebreaker that can promote socialization.  Encourage the child you’re working with to break down social barriers through art making! Together, reflect on what it was like making space for another person in their drawing.

Check out the steps here or watch the video below.

Download the template.

Remember to share your projects and thoughts using #CMACIVICKIDS, and your project will be added to our online exhibition below!

November Challenge: The Drawing Game

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Monthly Themes


Check in at the end of October for our November challenge!

November Partner

November’s CIVICKIDS challenge is presented in partnership with ICA Miami and ZOOM Children’s Museum in Vienna, Austria.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) is dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art, advancing new scholarship, and fostering the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally.

ZOOM Children’s Museum is a place where kids inquire, explore, play and create objects. In exhibition and studio spaces specially designed for children, they investigate topics from the worlds of art, science and everyday culture in a playful way.

Partnering Institutions

CIVICKIDS: Make Art. Make a Difference aims to build civic engagement and shared community pride through art making. We are grateful to our partners for helping us build a global community.

Interested in becoming a CIVICKIDS Partner? Contact Johanne at

Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand
The Blue Barn, CT
Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago, IL
Children’s Museum of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Deaf Camera South Africa, Soweto & Durban, South Africa
Eau Claire Children’s Museum, Eau Claire, WI
Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Find the Little Mind, USA
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
Hudson River Park Trust, New York, NY
ICA Miami, Miami, FL
Illinois Art Station, Normal, IL
Ishizaka Group, Kumamoto, Japan
Kearney Area Children’s Museum, Kearney, NE
Khoj Museum, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Knoxville Museum of Art’s Community Schools, Knoxville, TN
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children, Gulfport, MS
Madison Children’s Museum, Madison, WI
Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX
Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
New City School, St. Louis, MO
New York Public Library, New York, NY
OliOli, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
PARADE (The Young and Mighty March), Queens, NY
Pachamama Peruvian Arts, Queens, NY
Paradise Garden Foundation, Summerville, GA
Please Touch Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Polish Cultural Institute New York, New York, NY
Redhawk Native American Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
Sew A Softie, Sydney, Australia
Springfield Museums & Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden, Springfield, MA
Stora Ateljén, Nacka, Sweden
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY
Teach Kids Art, USA
Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
WNET New York Public Media, New York, NY
ZOOM Kindermuseum, Vienna, Austria

Previous Challenges

October – Unusual Upcycled Planters

September – Say it Loud! Megaphones

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