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Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) partners with New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) to present Our First Art Fair, the first experiential exhibition of brand new artworks created, priced, and sold entirely by children, on view at NADA New York from May 5-8, 2022 at Pier 36. As part of CMA’s belief that all children are artists, and adults have as much to learn from them as they do from us, the exhibition aims to give young artists the agency to participate in the wider world of art at every level.

For the exhibition, kids around the world are invited via an open call to create their own original artworks, set their price, and showcase their work at CMA’s booth at NADA New York. If their work sells at NADA, children will receive the money, however, any artworks that do not sell will automatically become part of CMA’s one-of-a-kind permanent collection of art made by children from around the world.

The partnership between CMA and NADA further exemplifies both organizations’ shared commitment to radical, community-focused initiatives. CMA will be one of over 100 galleries, art spaces, and non-profit organizations participating at NADA New York.

ABOUT NADA

Founded in 2002, the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is a not-for-profit 501c(6) collective of professionals working with contemporary art. Its mission is to create an open flow of information, support, and collaboration within the arts field and to develop a stronger sense of community among its constituency. Through support and encouragement, NADA facilitates strong and meaningful relationships between its members working with new contemporary and emerging art. In addition NADA hosts annual art events in Miami and New York, including NADA Miami, NADA New York, and NADA House.

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Also on view

  • NADA Presents Art Without an Audience: The Case for Children’s Art

    On Friday, May 6 at 5:30 PM, CMA Executive Director Seth Cameron hosts Art Without an Audience: The Case for Children’s Art, an open forum discussion that encourages participants — young and old — to join in on the conversation around children’s art. Using examples from the museum’s open call, audience members are encouraged to ask: What kinds of audiences can children’s art create? What kinds of institutions can children’s art influence? How can taking children’s art seriously reframe our received ideas of the historical canon? And how can we reimagine arts education beyond the bounds of traditional pedagogical hierarchies? Artists of all ages are encouraged to participate.

    Image: Kennedy Knight, We Look, Age 6

  • The Studio Art-Making with CMA Artist-Educators in Residence

    CMA’s Artist-Educators in Residence will be on site at NADA New York on Saturday, May 7 from 2 PM to 4 PM to host art-making activities for kids. Children are welcome to create their own work on-site and add it into the exhibition at the fair.

    Image: Michael Mathew, Sun, Age 4

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