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Explore Leadership Through Letter Writing: A CMA Guide

CMA welcomes 2021 by examining the role of leadership in art and our communities. During our free programming this month, we are exploring questions such as: What does it mean to be a good leader?  How do we exhibit leadership at any age? 

On Inauguration Day (January 20, 2021), Joe Biden will be sworn in as President of the United States and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the first Black and Asian-American woman to hold the office of Vice President. As a family or individually, write a letter to President Biden, Vice President Harris, or a local leader in your area. To begin the process, select a leader that you or your child would like to contact. Take inspiration from our CIVICKIDS Postcard Party to communicate your message through drawing and collage. If you or your child needs support, you can use a resource like this one about writing to elected officials.

Together, reflect on the following questions: 

  • Is there a problem you have noticed in your community or in the country?
  • How can the leader help you solve this problem?
  • Is there something you admire about the leader? In what way have they inspired you?
  • What do you want to know about the leader? What questions do you have for them?

Explore these themes further during our free virtual programming this month:

Sculpt with David: Inventions of the Mind
Friday, January 8 @ 1 PM — Ages 5+

Club CMA with Raquel: Resiliency Murals
Friday, January 15 @ 1 PM — Ages 8-11

Artist Talk and Studio Tour with Sophia Dawson
Thursday, January 14 @ 12 PM — Adults

Family Art Collaboration: Snow Collages
Saturday, January 16 @ 10:30 AM — Under 5

Club CMA with Raquel: Botanical Drawings
Friday, January 22 @ 1 PM — Ages 8-11

Club CMA Para Familias: Hometown Maps
Saturday, January 23 @ 11 AM — Ages 5+

Club CMA with Mackie: Oil Pastels
Friday, January 29 @ 1 PM — Ages 5-7

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