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Our First Art Fair: Children’s Museum of the Arts x NADA New York

At Children’s Museum of the Arts, we believe all children are artists, and that means giving young artists the agency to participate in the wider world of art at every level. That’s why we’re proud to partner with NADA New York to present a selling exhibition of art made by children 12 and under.

Kids! You make the art, you set the price, and you get the money if it sells.

And if your artwork doesn’t sell at the fair, not to worry! It will automatically become part of CMA’s one-of-a-kind permanent collection of art made by children from around the world.

How to Participate:

1. Print and fill out THIS FORM. Please note that we cannot accept artwork larger than 24″ on any end.

2. By April 29, 2022, mail the form AND the artwork to:

Children’s Museum of the Arts
NADA Submission
103 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014

3. Come see the work on display at NADA New York from May 5-8 at Pier 36 in Manhattan. Feel free to join CMA’s Artist-Educators in Residence on Saturday, May 7 from 2-4 PM. You’ll have the chance to create work and add it to the exhibition on the spot.

4. Check your mail! You’ll receive either 1) a payment or 2) a formal acknowledgment that your work has become part of CMA’s permanent collection.

CAN’T FINISH IN TIME?

That’s okay! CMA’s Artist-Educators in Residence will be on site at NADA New York with art-making materials on Saturday, May 7 from 2-4 PMCome by our booth, make some art with us, and we can add it to the exhibition on the spot.

BUT WHAT DO I MAKE?

Sometimes just starting a new artwork is the hardest part. We like to get ideas by thinking about where the artwork will be seen and who will see it. For instance, most of the audience at NADA will be grown ups. What do they need to know?

IS IT WEIRD TO SELL CHILDREN’S ART?

You bet. In fact, the whole process of selling and buying art is weird to begin with. But at CMA, we believe in trusting young artists to meet the world’s awkwardness with creativity — and likely in ways adults haven’t thought of yet. We know the true value of art has nothing to do with money, but that doesn’t mean we should pretend like it doesn’t exist. So let’s see what children can teach us about it!

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