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 Protector Shields. We all have strength, whether individually or as a group, to help shield that which needs protecting. Whether for an individual, animal, or tree, we all have the might and will to take a stand!

Adults: Once the child you are working with is finished with their project, work together to make a list on the back of the shield. What can you do every day to protect what is featured on the shield?

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!


This month of CIVICKIDS activity is sponsored by Trinity Church at Wall St.

July Challenge: Protector Shields

Previous Challenges

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


July Partner

July’s CIVICKIDS challenge is presented in partnership with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Established in 1888, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is New Zealand’s leading visual arts experience. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors explore the largest collection of New Zealand art in the world and discover outstanding works by Māori and Pacific Island artists, as well as international painting, sculpture and print collections dating from the 11th century to today. With an ever-changing programme of thought-provoking exhibitions, and family and public programmes, it enriches the lives of Aucklanders and visitors alike.

Situated in the heart of Auckland city, the Gallery has won 22 building design awards since the completion of its expansion and restoration in 2011, and was awarded 2013 World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival.

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
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

Upcoming Outposts

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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