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Inclusive Camp Program

For children who need 1:1 support for camp

CMA’s Inclusive Camp Program provides children with special needs and disabilities the opportunity join their typically developing peers in a creative and supportive learning environment during our Summer Art colony program (July-August).

CMA’s popular Summer Art Colonies are week-long camp experiences led by CMA Teaching Artists. The Inclusive Camp Program provides a scholarship for students with special needs who require 1:1 support, so that the child can attend the program with the support of their aide.

CMA has developed a sustainable model of support for the Inclusive Camp, which includes:

  1. The family submits an application with a letter of support from the child’s school.
  2. CMA Staff and the family identifying the interests of the child
  3. The appropriate Fine Arts or Media Lab camp is identified for the child.
  4. A planning session with CMA Staff, Teaching Artists, the family, and the aide prepares the team to support the educational and social goals of the child.
  5. Evaluation from all stakeholders helps to shape the future of the program.

Audience: Children ages 6-15 years old with disabilities who are need inclusion support at camp.

Scholarship applications are available in April and due in May. APPLY for the Scholarship Lottery via our form that will serve as an application for our scholarship waiving the fee of 1-week of Summer Art Colony Day Camp at CMA, between July 9 -August 31, 2018.

Application for Scholarship due May 20.

For more information or to apply, please contact Michelle Lopez at



“Thank you for allowing us to be part of such an awesome museum, and camp. He loved
it!!… CMA is a very special museum for us as it was the first one to open its doors to kids with Autism… This is just proof that all is possible for all kids. Thank you very much to all involved!!! It has been a great experience. I hope he can come back again to CMA Camp.”

“This was an amazing experience for my child as well as myself. Meeting CMA staff
before camp began helped me a lot. As a SEIT (special education itinerant teacher)
with the DOE, I spend a lot of time in inclusive classroom setting supporting children and
helping teachers and parents for children with special needs. However, some of my
children are in specialized settings have minimal sustained contact with the typically
developing child. The luxury of being able to observe my child with typically developing
peers, learning something new together and experiencing the back and forth and
reciprocity in conversation is something a child with special learning needs in a self
contained classroom rarely experiences.”

“We personally had very good feedback from our son, who loved most of all the Minecraft week. We also enjoyed seeing the videos of his and his peers’ work. We appreciated that he could enjoy art summer camp at CMA this summer like any kids without special needs. It gave him a sense of being included and of experiencing what a 6 years old should. He shared his camp experience with us exactly like his older brother did this summer. It simply made us feel that CMA was offering some normality to him this summer. Thank you again for the opportunity.”

CMA created a video for museum staff with support from the Institute of Museum and Libraries for creating an Inclusive Classroom.

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