CMA Stories

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

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

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

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

Check out our September Reading List inspired by our upcoming Belgian Cultural Festival compiled by Children's Librarian Kristy Raffensberger of the Hudson Park Library! Read more

See Examples of CIVICKIDS Projects!

Reflect on a year of CIVICKIDS programming with a look back at the artwork created in response to each month’s digital challenge, including Say It Loud! Megaphones for Civic Engagement, Unusual Upcycled Planters for Environmentalism, and more. Read more

CIVICKIDS Through the Ages

Take a journey back in time through the CMA Permanent Collection to explore the themes of CIVICKIDS, including Equity, Histories and Traditions, Reflection, and more! Read more

CMA's August CIVICKIDS partner, Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem, presents CIVICKIDS activities during their circus-themed summer program on August 19. Click to learn more about this historical museum! Read more

6 Fun Facts About CIVICKIDS!

This past year, CMA explored child-led civic engagement with CIVICKIDS! Find out what we learned through this process, including reflections on CMA's humble beginnings, how we tackled New York City's vast geographic landscape, a surprise visit from Elmo and Big Bird, and more! Read more

How-To: Face the Future

August's digital challenge is Face the Future. Show off your creation and tag it with #CMACIVICKIDS to be added to our digital collection! Read more

Our neighborhood Children's Librarian Kristy Raffensberger shares her August Reading List. Read more

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