About CMA

Our Mission and History


Children’s Museum of the Arts unites children and artists to create and share ambitious works of art with their communities and the world.


Founded in October 1988 by Kathleen Schneider, the Museum has been located in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo since its inception. As CMA’s audience grew in size, its young artists grew as well, eventually outgrowing the facility on Lafayette Street. CMA needed a larger space to expand its programming, reaching more communities and kids up to age 15. In 2010, CMA broke ground on a former loading dock west of SoHo, working with architects and developers to create a state-of-the art facility that would benefit a range of ages and abilities. Children’s Museum of the Arts opened the doors to its new 10,000 sq ft. home on Charlton Street in 2011. Since then, CMA has served hundreds of thousands of children and families, 27% free of charge.

CMA Facts

CMA serves 135,000 visitors each year in a wide variety of programs. Learn more about our audience and programs.

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Contact Information

  • 103 Charlton Street NYC, 10014
  • (212) 274-0986
  • (212) 274-1776
  • info(at)cmany.org

CMA Permanent Collection

Explore our permanent collection, comprised of over 2,000 pieces of children’s artwork from around the world.

Meet Our Staff

Meet the people working behind the scenes.

Board of Directors

Meet our dedicated Board of Directors.

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