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Georgina Arroyo: Mapping CIVICKIDS

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Georgina Arroyo

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Mapping CIVICKIDS highlights and celebrates the partners, projects, and geographic areas reached by CIVICKIDS during CMA’s anniversary year.

“Watching CIVICKIDS grow from an idea to a real tangible project has been incredibly inspiring. In my own practice, I work with cataloguing ideas about place, community and connection. Mapping CIVICKIDS was an opportunity to catalog CMA’s reach, and in turn, create a visual representation of our global community. Through recreation of actual maps, highlighting children’s artwork, and compiling images, Mapping CIVICKIDS aims to show all the ways in which we can connect through art and engagement.”

—Georgina Arroyo

Georgina Arroyo is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, whose work focuses on mapping, neighborhood change, and personal connection. She was born and raised in Queens, NY and received a BFA at Lesley University College of Art & Design in Cambridge, MA. She now works out of her studio in Bushwick and serves as CMA’s Fine Arts Manager.

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This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.

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  • The Story of CIVICKIDS

    Children’s Museum of the Arts is a community of artists and educators in New York City. CMA is dedicated to introducing children and families to the transformative power of the arts, and it has been since opening in 1988. Throughout the years, CMA has held various calls for childrens’ artwork. Dating back to the 1920s, our collection now features over 2,000 paintings and drawings by children from over 50 countries worldwide. 

    As our 30th anniversary approached in 2018, we saw children and families grappling with big ideas: climate change, equity, gun violence, and more. At the heart of introducing children to the transformative power of the arts lies the belief that art transforms and makes a change. This happens at CMA every day; the magic moment when a child MAKES something that could not otherwise exist and then SHARES a conversation about it. We know that this is how children begin to LOOK at themselves as active agents in this world, to believe that they can make an impact, a difference, and practice making that impact in something as simple as a work of art. 

    This is where the idea of CIVICKIDS took root. CIVICKIDS was a year-long experiment in implementing and disseminating curriculum designed to initiate conversations surrounding civic engagement with children and families. We identified 12 themes for each month of CIVICKIDS. During each month, all of our onsite programming related to CIVICKIDS, and we also asked partners working with children from all over the world to reflect with us. In addition, we hosted workshops in all of NYC’s five boroughs. Through the process of working with children, families, and organizations near and far, we learned about how children see themselves in the world, the issues they face, and the future they want to inherit.

    It was a year of amplifying children’s voices and catching them in action. CMA will continue to Make Art, Make a Difference.

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