Access Programs

Art for All

Starting July 1, 2015, CMA embarked on a two-year Art for All initiative, courtesy of a Museums of America Award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

CMA’s Art for All initiative is aimed at making the Museum accessible for all children, including those with special needs, by providing professional development to its staff, and collaborating with key partners, which include parent focus groups, community-based organizations, and experts in accessibility.

Art for All gives any child with a disability and their caregiver (i.e. parent, respite support, therapist, teacher) free admission to the museum during general public hours. In exchange for free admission, the Museum asks that families provide feedback to help strengthen museum-wide programs.

Families can begin to register for the free admission program via an online form found below. Families will be asked to register for their visit in advance and are welcome to register for visits at any time during CMA’s general hours.

Upon arrival at CMA, families will be greeted at the front desk with a “Welcome Kit” that will include tools to help make their visit successful, including a Social Story, which communicates to the child what they will find during their visit and how they can participate according to CMA’s pedagogy of LOOK, MAKE, SHARE.

Please complete the survey to help us make your visit as comfortable as possible.

CLICK HERE to download our Social Story, a visual guide to help you prepare for a visit to the museum!


“My son loves art! Having a place that offered me, as a mother of a child with disabilities, the opportunity to see him enjoy himself for free was very touching.

“My son enjoyed the visit to the museum, he was welcomed in with happy faces. It’s great that children with special needs can be included.”

This program is supported, in part, by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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