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From Neighborhood Noisemakers to Hybrid Masks — DIY Art Projects for Families

Although CMA’s doors are closed to the public temporarily, you can still participate in family-friendly art-making by following along with our How-To Videos! Below, CMA shares 6 family-friendly art projects to do at home. Show us what you come up with using the hashtag #cmanychallenge!

1. Look What I Found

Quarantine times call for creative measures. Why not look around your home and make a collage of the most beautiful and fun objects you can find?

2. Cell Phone Memories

If you’ve had it with taking selfies and doing TikTok dances during this quarantine, check out our How-To Video on how to turn your cell phone memories into original works of art — no filter or app needed!

3. Tiny City

Times like these have a way of making NYC seem much smaller. Why not mark the moment by creating a Tiny City of your own?

4. Neighborhood Noisemakers

We clap because we care! Have you joined your fellow New Yorkers in cheering and clapping for essential workers at 7pm every night? If you are too shy to shout or want to mix it up, consider creating a neighborhood noisemaker to join in giving thanks to our everyday heroes.

5. Cardboard Story Wheels

More family time = more time for telling stories. If you’ve spent so much time together that you find yourself telling the same stories over and over again, consider making cardboard story wheels for some narrative-making fun!

6. Hybrid Masks

While these hybrid masks will not keep germs away, they do provide inspiration for decorating a face mask that can compliment a medical mask that covers your mouth and nose.

7. Control Panels

It seems like the big question every day is what to have for lunch! Make a control panel with sections for different food items in your pantry. What’s for dinner? Spin and find out!

8. Galaxy Goggles

Everyone is wearing a mask these days, but how about goggles? Make your own out-of-the-world galaxy goggles and stay protected in style.

9. Wall Hanging

Bored of staring at the same four walls every day? Rummage around the kitchen for leftover plastic utensils (or ask for a few extra when ordering take-out) and create your very own 3D art piece.


While our doors are closed, CMA is here for you and your family with at-home art projects to keep children entertained and engaged. However, every day we’re closed puts the future of CMA in further jeopardy.

Will you be there for us? Every dollar you donate directly supports the Museum and ensures that CMA will remain a pillar of educational and artistic leadership in New York City. Click here to donate.

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