Making art is more than a nice activity for a rainy day. It is well documented that art can play a role in developing a child’s self-confidence, self-awareness, and ability to express themselves. Young artists learn to value their individuality and the identity that they express through their art. Creating collaborative art projects encourages language and social skills, empathy with others, ability to resolve conflicts, and fosters a sense of community. Creating art together increases parent-child bonds and provides opportunity for communication, praise, heightened self-esteem, and a recognition of difference. For some parents, it can provide a break from a disciplinary role, and strengthen bonds toward a different parent-child relationship.
For many families, these activities are a part of daily life. Yet for other families, and especially those at a social or economic disadvantage, making art together is not a given. Visits to museums such as ours may be a luxury – if the museums are even known to the parents or caregivers. CMA works to reach these families through free admission, scholarships, community outreach and partnerships, and projects in public schools. We believe that every child should have access to high quality, hands-on, art making, working alongside trained working artists.
By supporting CMA, you extend our support to children less fortunate, enabling us to provide the arts to children in need. Without you, we could not do it, and we thank you for your continued support.
~ Barbara Hunt McLanahan, Executive Director