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

In 2019, CMA celebrated 30 years of art-making. Now embracing the digital age, CMA proposed a second call for children to make art worldwide with CIVICKIDS, and to begin a dialogue by sharing their art online. Each month throughout the year, CMA issued a digital challenge to create a project based on themes of civic engagement including leadership, sustainability, and kindness.

Join us on Sunday, October 20 during general admission hours as we celebrate a year of CIVICKIDS! Along with our partner For Freedoms, we will present interactive workshops inspired by a year of amplifying children’s voices and catching them in action. Highlights include Story Time with Senator Julia Salazar, documentary screenings with filmmaker Pablo Herrera, a digital quilt with For Freedoms, and much more! Purchase Tickets

On view in the Pepperman Family Fine Arts Studio is Mapping CIVICKIDS, a mural by CMA’s Fine Arts Manager Georgina Arroyo, celebrating the partners, projects, and geographic areas reached by CIVICKIDS during our anniversary year. Learn More

Digital Challenges

August - Face the Future

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

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Monthly Themes


Partnering Institutions

CIVICKIDS: Make Art. Make a Difference aimed 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

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From September 2018 through August 2019, CMA held 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.

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