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Summer Art Colony on Governors Island

Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing! Prices increase by $100 after May 31

Monday through Friday

June 22 - August 28, 2020

9 AM - 5 PM

$650 (full day) / $350 (half day)

per week

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Spend the summer with Children’s Museum of the Arts on Governors Island! CMA has a historic home on the island where we have set up a Fine Arts Studio and Media Lab to run week-long summer camps from June through August. Your child can capture the magnificence of the island with photography, design sculptures with sustainable materials, learn how to animate their own film, illustrate their own story, and much more!

Our technique-based classes are led by CMA’s team of professional Teaching Artists who design each camp’s curriculum off their own artistic practices. Campers have the unique opportunity to learn comic book design from illustrators, animation from filmmakers, screen-printing from textile artists, and more. Sign up your young creator for as many weeks as you wish! There is convenient camper drop-off and pick-up location at the Governors Island Ferry Terminal in Battery Park, Manhattan.

CMA also offers a limited number of scholarships for Summer Art Colony. Learn more here.

Daily Schedule

  • 8:45 AM

    DROP OFF:

    All campers must be dropped off at the Governors Island Ferry loading dock at the Battery Maritime Building (10 South Street) and signed over to CMA staff before the 9 AM ferry.

  • 9 AM - 9:10 AM

    FERRY RIDE:

    Campers and CMA staff take the ferry to Governors Island.

  • 9:10 AM - 10 AM

    SUPERVISED PLAY:

    Campers will have time for supervised play before class begins.

  • 10 AM - 4 PM

    CLASS:

    Class runs from 10 AM - 4 PM. Classes take an hour lunch break at 12 PM, with supervised outdoor play on the Island. Campers must bring lunch, snacks, a water bottle, hat, and sunscreen.

  • 4 PM - 4:15 PM

    SUPERVISED PLAY:

    Campers will have one hour of supervised play before returning on the 4:30 PM ferry.

  • 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

    PICK UP:

    Campers and CMA staff take the ferry back to the Battery Maritime Building to meet parents or caregivers for pick up. Parents or caregivers must sign out campers with CMA staff.

    Parents or caregivers picking up campers after 5:00 PM will be subject to a $25 late pickup fee.

    Due to ferry schedules, CMA does not offer extended day options for our camps on Governors Island.

June 22-26

Media Lab

Epic Adventure!

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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June 29 - July 3

Fine Arts

Sculpture Island

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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July 6-10

Fine Arts

Art Adventurers!

Monday - Friday, 9 am 2 pm

Ages 5 - 6

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Fine Arts

Landscape Painting

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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Media Lab

Fairy Tale Films

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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July 13-17

Fine Arts

Art Adventurers!

Monday - Friday, 9 am 2 pm

Ages 5 - 6

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Fine Arts

Nature Photography

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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July 20-24

Fine Arts

Art Adventurers!

Monday - Friday, 9 am 2 pm

Ages 5 - 6

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Media Lab

Animation and Set Design

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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July 27-31

Fine Arts

Art Adventurers!

Monday - Friday, 9 am 2 pm

Ages 5 - 6

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Media Lab

Cities of the Future

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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August 3-7

Fine Arts

Ceramics

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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Media Lab

Lights, Camera, Action!

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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August 10-14

Fine Arts

Architecture and Design

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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Media Lab

Magic on Film

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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August 17-21

Fine Arts

Tiny Islands: Art in Miniature

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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Media Lab

Nature Documentary

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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August 24-28

Fine Arts

Build It Big!

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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Media Lab

Stories on Film

Monday - Friday, 9 am 5 pm

Ages 7 - 12

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Refund Policy

CMA is not responsible for providing make-up classes or issuing refunds for programs missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. If you would like to cancel your enrollment in a class, CMA will provide you with a full refund minus a $75 registration fee up to two weeks prior to the start of class.  Within two weeks of the start of the class, CMA will provide you with a full refund minus the $75 registration fee only if CMA is able to fill your child’s place in the class. If CMA is unable to fill the place in the class, the class will be non-refundable.

Cancellation

CMA reserves the right to cancel any class due to low enrollment. If a class has three or less students enrolled, you will be notified of the cancellation two weeks prior to the camp start date, and be given the option to switch classes within the program or receive a full refund. Please sign up early to ensure all classes proceed as scheduled!

Health Forms

CMA requires all participating students to have a CMA Health Form on file to protect the wellness and safety of the child and their classmates. The first page must be completed and signed by a parent or caregiver. General health records may be attached in place of the second page.

CMA Health Forms are good for one year. Please submit all health forms to classes@cmany.org or bring in-person on the first day of class.

Age Restrictions

CMA programs are designed with a developmental age group in mind. The age restrictions noted for each class is a recommended age range, but children who are slightly older or younger are invited to join the class as long as parents and caregivers understand possible challenges. We recommend that the age variation is no more than 6 months older or younger than the stated age range.

Class Switches

If a child wants to switch classes, CMA can accommodate as long as space is available. Please email classes@cmany.org to check availabilities.

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