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Inclusive Saturdays

Workshops for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

CMA’s Inclusive Saturday Classes provide a free opportunity for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family and friends. CMA Teaching Artists are trained in facilitating structured workshops are specifically designed to help children with autism develop social skills, creative problem-solving, and expression through art. The program’s supportive environment also helps strengthen family ties and builds a sense of community for families affected by autism.

For more information, contact Community & School Programs Coordinator, Mackie Saylor, or call 917-409-1225

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Inclusive Saturday Sessions

Ages 7 & Under

Stripes stART

Audience: Children ages 2-7 years old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families.

By exploring different art mediums, this class focuses on sensory experiences while building motor skills, self-regulated independence and social skills. Families also participate in music, and movement exercises.

Classes are held on Saturdays from 9:30-10:45 AM in the stART Studio.

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Ages 7 & Up

Stripes Media Lab

Audience: Children ages 7-15 years old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families.

This class uses art and technology to build peer-to-peer relationships and digital storytelling skills. Families will look closely at an exhibiting artwork for inspiration for their collaborative film. Students will incorporate a variety of animation and sound techniques while exploring various art mediums. Program takes place in CMA’s Media Lab and Sound Booth.

Classes are held on Saturdays from 9:30-10:45 AM.

Upcoming 2018 Dates:










Register for Each Date Individually

Registration Info

  • To register, click on the registration links above.
  • These inclusive classes are free, but space is limited.
  • Please note that your registration is not official until you receive a confirmation letter.

Click here to download the Spring 2018 program.


“I am always so impressed these programs at CMA are of such high quality AND free of charge. Families of special-needs kids in NYC really, really want/need to participate in the arts (and it’s a big reason everyone loves living here), but there are so many reasons this can be hard. So kudos to you guys for doing this. We are very grateful, and I will tell all of our friends in the autism community.”

“​I do not think the arts are as valued in a typical school setting so being able to participate in art activities is educational and fantastic for my daughter’s creativity. Socially, to be around other children is usually difficult for my daughter but she did so well. The teaching artists were so supportive and made conversation with her. Also, I like the subtle ways she was challenged in the activities. For instance, during the painting activity the teaching artist asked where on her canvas she wanted the paint. To be able to articulate her vision and​ her needs​,​ was challenging and great for her. The Stripes Wee program is nothing short of amazing. The activities are wonderful, the workshop is fantastic, and the teaching artists are amazing folks.”

“It was a group setting and teacher had everyone introduce themselves- my child has difficulty socializing with peers so this was great. Also, creating the animated films in a small group was perfect, he had to work closely with 2 other children. He had to practice following directions and waiting for the rest of the group, he tends to roam off and to finish activities quickly but he had to be patient, which is something we are always actively waiting on. Also, listening to an adult other than the ones he is familiar with.”

“This was my son’s first time ever making a “movie” of any kind — so really cool introduction to the process, taking his love of drawing and storytelling to the next level in a non-intimidating way.”

A visual guide to help you prepare for a visit to the museum!


CMA’s STRIPES Media Lab final video, 2017

This program is supported, in part, by the George Link, Jr. Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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