Early in our history, CMA put out a worldwide call to ask children for artwork. As a result, CMA now holds one of the largest collections of children’s artwork in the world. See it here.

This year CMA celebrates 30 years of art making. Now embracing the digital age, CMA proposes a second call for children to make art worldwide with CIVICKIDS, and to begin a dialogue by sharing their art online. Each month, CMA will issue a digital challenge to create a project based on themes of civic engagement including leadership, sustainability, and kindness.

Join the movement! Here’s how to participate: 

This month’s digital challenge is Collage Who We Are. Who are we but what we like? Our identities can be influenced by always having an open mind and being receptive to the beauty around us. Small glimpses of color can calm us. Gazing at an elegant line can inspire us.

AdultsThis activity can be used to discuss what makes us unique — from our likes and dislikes, to our hair, to our hobbies, and skills. Encourage visual literacy by asking young artists about the choices they make!

Check out the steps here or watch the video below.

Remember to share your projects and thoughts using #CMACIVICKIDS, and your project will be added to our online exhibition below!


CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google

March Challenge: Collage Who You Are

Previous Challenges

February - Paper Chain of Kindness

January - Postcard Party

December - Cardboard Story Wheels

November - The Drawing Game

October - Unusual Upcycled Planters

September - Say it Loud! Megaphones

Learn More:

Monthly Themes


March Partner

March’s digital challenge is presented in partnership with The Studio Museum in Harlem.
The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. Learn more about the museum’s Lil’ Studio here.

Partnering Institutions

CIVICKIDS: Make Art. Make a Difference aims to build civic engagement and shared community pride through art making. We are grateful to our partners for helping us build a global community.

Interested in becoming a CIVICKIDS Partner? Contact Johanne at

A CASA AO LADO – Centro Artístico, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand
The Blue Barn, CT
Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago, IL
Children’s Museum of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Deaf Camera South Africa, Soweto & Durban, South Africa
Eau Claire Children’s Museum, Eau Claire, WI
Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Find the Little Mind, USA
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
Hudson River Park Trust, New York, NY
ICA Miami, Miami, FL
Illinois Art Station, Normal, IL
Ishizaka Group, Kumamoto, Japan
Kearney Area Children’s Museum, Kearney, NE
Khoj Museum, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Knoxville Museum of Art’s Community Schools, Knoxville, TN
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children, Gulfport, MS
Madison Children’s Museum, Madison, WI
Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX
Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel
Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
New City School, St. Louis, MO
New York Public Library, New York, NY
OliOli, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
PARADE (The Young and Mighty March), Queens, NY
Pachamama Peruvian Arts, Queens, NY
Paradise Garden Foundation, Summerville, GA
Please Touch Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Polish Cultural Institute New York, New York, NY
Redhawk Native American Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
Sew A Softie, Sydney, Australia
Springfield Museums & Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden, Springfield, MA
Stora Ateljén, Nacka, Sweden
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY
Teach Kids Art, USA
Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
WNET New York Public Media, New York, NY
ZOOM Kindermuseum, Vienna, Austria

View a map of our partners

April Outposts

Free art-making workshops at various locations throughout New York City!

Learn More

Wednesday, April 3 @ 3pm
Queens Library for Teens
Far Rockaway, Queens

Wednesday April 3 @ 5pm
Queens Library Peninsula
Rockaway Beach, Queens

Thursday, April 4 @ 4pm
NYPL Macomb’s Bridge
Harlem, Manhattan

Monday, April 15 @ 4pm
Queens Library Pomonok
Kew Gardens, Queens

Tuesday, April 16@ 3:30pm
NYPL Kingsbridge
Kingsbridge, Bronx

Wednesday April 17 @ 11am
Brooklyn Library Marcy
Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

Wednesday, April 17 @ 3pm
Queens Library for Teens
Far Rockaway, Queens

Wednesday, April 17 @ 5pm
Queens Library Peninsula
Rockaway Beach, Queens

Friday, April 19 @ 4pm
Brooklyn Library Clarendon
Flatbush Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

Wednesday, April 24 @ 11am
Elmhurst Community Library
Elmhurst, Queens

Wednesday, April 24 @ 2:30pm
Jackson Heights Community Library
Jackson Heights, Queens

Wednesday, April 24 @ 3pm
Brooklyn Library Sunset Park
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Saturday, April 27
Car Free Day Broadway

Monday, April 29 @ 3:30pm
Brooklyn Library Brownsville
Brownsville, Brooklyn

Tuesday, April 30 @ 3:30pm
Brooklyn Library Bedford
Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

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