Pride Cultural Festival

Sunday, Jun 10, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Join us for our 2nd annual PRIDE Cultural Festival on Sunday, June 10, 2018. The museum will run special workshops and performances celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in recognition of Pride month. 10-year-old drag kid Desmond Napoles, “Desmond is Amazing,” will host this year’s festivities as CMA’s Pride Mayor with Special Story Time guest Marti Gould Cummings.


Join us for a Mini-Vogue Ball led by Desmond is Amazing and Quenton Stuckey. Stuckey is dance artist and vocalist skilled in many forms of expression including performance, movement and film. Visitors are encouraged to stop into the Fine Arts studio to get runway ready!

Marti Gould Cummings, referred to as, “One of NYC’s most prevalent Drag Queens,” by Out Magazine, will join as a Story Time guest to read books recommended by New York Public Library. Marti is a singer, performer, comedian and drag artist who has promoted awareness for many LGBT charities through his drag persona, including The Ali Forney Center, GMHC, The Hetrick Martin Institute and Bailey House.


Workshops include:

Clay Bar

Super Personas: Sculpt a miniature version of yourself in today’s Clay Bar workshop referencing artists who inhabit a persona as a performance of their unique super-selves, including Ziggy Stardust, Juliana Huxtable, Mariko Mori, Cindy Sherman, Frida Kahlo and Kehinde Wiley!

Sound Booth

Power Anthems: Reclaim and remix pop music in today’s Sound Booth workshop! We will use instruments and recording software to create funky tracks inspired by Madonna, Prince, Elton John, George Michael, Ricky Martin, Melissa Etheridge and more!

Media Lab

The Art of Gabby Rivera: Inspired by cartoonist Gabby Rivera, young artists will bring scenes from her comic America to life and use themes of superheros and justice to create action packed stop motion animation clips!

Gallery Project

Identity Quilt: Inspired by the 2017 book and artist collective, Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, young artists will collage self portraits using yarn and fabric, highlighting something that makes them unique, compliment another, then add their piece to the collaborative CMA “Identity Quilt.” Young artists will examine concepts of interconnectivity, acceptance and community. This collaborative project will develop over the week,

Fine Arts

Raúl de Nieves inspired Faux Stained Glass Project: Inspired by the faux stained glass mural by Raúl de Nieves in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, visitors will create their own “stained glass” artworks. Nieves’ mural celebrates the journey of his life by using the artwork as a “remembrance” and pushing the boundaries of a traditional art medium by creating it with paper, wood, glue, tape, beads, and acetate sheets. In the same spirit as Raul de Nieves, young artists will use everyday accessible materials to illustrate and illuminate their own journeys.

Runway Ready: Young artists will look closely at fashion icons such as Alexander Mcqueen, Grace Jones and Lady Gaga to find inspiration for their own unique runway-ready wearable sculpture! Museum visitors will use giant coffee filters, pom poms, feathers and more to create their fabulous upcycled designs.


Visitors are invited to contribute to a Keith Haring Inspired Interactive Project curated by CMA’s Young Artist Kollective (YAK) is a free community program providing emerging young artists in 6th-9th grade with exclusive studio space and materials, artistic and technical guidance, opportunities to meet with guest artists, monthly art parties, and a chance to learn about professional opportunities across the art world.

Other confirmed partners include:: Big Gay Ice Cream, Billy’s Bakery and New York Public Library


This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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