CMA Stories

CMA has been located in downtown Manhattan since our founding in 1988, so we know the neighborhood! Learn about our favorite neighborhood spots within walking distance of the museum, including sweet treats at Dominique Ansel Bakery, larger-than-life murals at City-as-School, skyline views at Hudson River Park, and much more. Read more

Just in time for Halloween, our neighborhood Children's Librarian Kristy Raffensberger shares her October Reading List inspired by our upcoming Indigenous Peoples Cultural Festival. Read more

CMA's annual Art Auction gathers together the art world's most exciting players in support of CMA's free art education programs for vulnerable children in New York CIty. Learn about six female artists whose work inspires us each and every day! Read more

Edgar Heap of Birds creates posters using poetic language and bright color to communicate personal and political messages. During this Sunday's Indigenous Peoples Cultural Festival, visitors will take inspiration from Edgar Heap of Birds to create their own personal posters. Learn more about this Oklahoma-based artist below! Read more

Do you want to collect art from renowned artists and help change children’s lives through art? Learn about six exhibiting artists who donated works to CMA’s Art Auction to benefit our free art education programs for underserved children and families. Read more

How can community art-making and working side-by-side with artists inspire children to become civically engaged in their communities? Our CIVICKIDS partner Condorens Preschools shares their thoughts in a guest blog post. Read more

Artist E.V. Day, whose exhibition at CMA closes this month, shares her thoughts on honoring her feminist heroes, how children can dismantle the glass ceiling, and the challenges and rewards of shattering glass in her studio. Read more

6 Fun Facts About Joropo

Put on your dancing shoes! You're invited to our Venezuelan Cultural Festival on Sunday, October 6. Get ready for the festival by learning 6 Fun Facts about joropo music! Read more

Throughout the month of October, nine CMA Teaching Artists will set up residence at our house on Governors Island to further develop their own studio practices. Meet the residents below and join them at open studios on Governors Island on Saturday, October 26! Read more

Our neighborhood Children's Librarian Kristy Raffensberger shares her September Reading List inspired by our upcoming Venezuelan Cultural Festival. Read more

Artist Rico Gatson, whose new installation at CMA opens this month, shares his thoughts on using art to facilitate challenging conversations with children, his admiration of Billie Holiday, and his family's ongoing relationship with the museum. Read more

CMA chats with the Climate Museum, the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to the climate crisis, about their public programming for children and families, how to talk to children about climate change, and their strategy for engaging visitors of all ages. Read more

Former CMA exhibiting artist Shane Aslan Selzer took part in Triangle Arts’ residency this summer on Governors Island. Learn about how having her son at work with her taught her about the value of collaborative art projects, how to use experiential play to engage school-age children with exhibitions, and the importance of nonviolent communication for children and adults alike. Read more

You're invited to our Belgian Cultural Festival on Sunday, September 22! Learn 6 fun facts about Belgian harpist Pia Salvia to get ready. Read more

As our CIVICKIDS campaign comes to a close, we met with our Governors Island neighbor play:groundNYC to discuss self-directed play, learning from our mistakes, and the benefits of a creative environment in dealing with difficult conditions. Read more

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