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
CMA is committed to creating mutually beneficial relationships with our corporate sponsors by offering a number of partnership opportunities to meet the needs of strategic corporate philanthropy. Support from our corporate partners helps CMA provide free community programs.
Support from fundraising events, including the annual Art Auction & Cocktail Party and Family Day & Kids Fair, helps fund free community programs as well as CMA’s Arts for All initiative, which provides free admission to children with a disability and their caregiver.
CMA’s Young Contemporaries raise crucial funds for CMA’s Inclusive Weekend Programs, supporting children with physical disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. Ranging in age from 21-40, the Young Contemporaries participate in gallery tours, an annual art walk, crafting nights, and yoga at the museum. This is a perfect opportunity for young corporate professionals to get involved with a non-profit.
CMA offers Team Building opportunities that provide corporate partners with the space, materials, and expertise to bring their employees together in our fun, engaging environment.
Located in Lower Manhattan, CMA offers a unique, art-filled space that is perfect for any party or film shoot. Various packages are offered to suit all your needs.
On October 1, 2011, CMA opened a new 10,000 square-foot museum and hands-on art-making space on Charlton Street in SoHo. Immersed in the creative context of professionally curated exhibitions, more young artists now have access to more art making, more often, and with the best tools available. We are so grateful to this community of generous leaders who believed in CMA’s mission and capacity prior to the completion of construction. The names emblazoned on our donor wall demonstrate support from government officials, individual donors, foundations and corporations.