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 Face the Future. Young artists can shape the world. When you imagine your ideal future, what does it look like? Picture yourself there as you create your own wearable work of art!

Adults: Encourage the child you are working with to notice the differences between the world they create and the world they live in. What can they do to create a positive change?

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!

August Challenge: Face the Future

E. V. Day: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, 10 am 5 pm

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

All Ages

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Previous Challenges

July - Protector Shields

June - Upcycled Viewfinders

May - DIY Noisemakers

April - Plastic Bottle Challenge

March - Collage Who You Are

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


August Partner

August‘s CIVICKIDS challenge is presented in partnership with The Tower of David Museum, an archaeological site and center that invites people of all traditions, religions, and abilities to experience the history and culture of Jerusalem. Learn more at

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.

A CASA AO LADO – Centro Artístico, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Arab-American Family Support Center, Brooklyn, NY
Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand
Arab American Family Support Center, Brooklyn, NY
Bangladeshi Cultural Institute (BIPA), Queens, NY
Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago, IL
Children’s Museum of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Climate Museum, New York, NY
Deaf Camera South Africa, Soweto & Durban, South Africa
Eau Claire Children’s Museum, Eau Claire, WI
Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association (ECMAA), New York, NY
Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Find the Little Mind, USA
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
Greek Cultural Center, Queens, NY
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
Lesbian Herstory Archives, Brooklyn, NY
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children, Gulfport, MS
Madison Children’s Museum, Madison, WI
Materials for the Arts, Queens, NY
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
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, NY
Redhawk Native American Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
Queen TuT and the Kingdom Dance Company, Queens, 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
Teach Kids Art, USA
Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, NY
Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
Vietnam Heritage Center, New York, NY
WNET New York Public Media, New York, NY
Yemeni Women’s Association, Brooklyn, NY
ZOOM Kindermuseum, Vienna, Austria

View a map of our partners


From September 2018 through August 2019, CMA is holding over 50 free art-making outposts in 40 locations throughout all five New York City boroughs. Through a Summer partnership with Culture Pass, CMA hosted 32 of these programs at 18 different Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library branches. Other highlights include pop-up workshops at Car Free Day, INCLUDEnyc’s Outdoors for Autism, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s World Refugee Day, and Hudson RiverKids at Pier 25 and Pier 62.

Learn More

Saturday, August 17
Leslie-Lohman Summer Block Party
SoHo, Manhattan

Saturday, August 17
Summer Streets

Tuesday, August 27
Hudson River Park RiverKids
Pier 25, Manhattan

Thursday, August 29
Hudson River Park RiverKids
Pier 62, Manhattan

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