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Inclusive Camp Program

CMA’s Inclusive Camp Program provides children with special needs and disabilities the opportunity join their typically developing peers in a creative and supportive learning environment during our Summer Art Colony program from June through September.

CMA’s popular online summer art camps are week-long camp experiences led by CMA Teaching Artists. The Inclusive Camp Program provides a scholarship for students with special needs who require 1:1 support, so that the child can attend the program with the support of their aide.

CMA has developed a sustainable model of support for the Inclusive Camp, which includes:

  1. The family submits an application with a letter of support from the child’s school.
  2. CMA staff and the family identify the interests of the child
  3. An appropriate Fine Arts or Media Lab camp is identified for the child.
  4. A planning session with CMA staff, Teaching Artists, family, and the aide prepares the team to support the educational and social goals of the child.
  5. Evaluation from all stakeholders helps to shape the future of the program.

Audience: Children ages 6-15 years old with disabilities who are need inclusion support at camp.

Scholarship applications for Summer 2020 are now closed. Please stay tuned for updates!

For more information or to apply, please contact


“Thank you for allowing us to be part of such an awesome museum and camp. He loved it! CMA is a very special museum for us as it was the first one to open its doors to kids with Autism. This is just proof that all is possible for all kids. Thank you very much to all involved!”

“This was an amazing experience for my child as well as myself. As a SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teacher) with the DOE, I spend a lot of time in inclusive classroom setting supporting children and helping teachers and parents for children with special needs. However, some of my children are in specialized settings have minimal sustained contact with the typically developing child. The luxury of being able to observe my child with typically developing peers, learning something new together, and experiencing the back and forth and reciprocity in conversation is something a child with special learning needs in a self contained classroom rarely experiences.”

“We had very good feedback from our son, who loved most of all the Minecraft week. We also enjoyed seeing the videos of his and his peers’ work. We appreciated that he could enjoy art summer camp at CMA like any kids without special needs. It gave him a sense of being included and of experiencing what a six year old should. He shared his camp experience with us exactly like his older brother did this summer. It simply made us feel that CMA was offering some normality to him this summer. Thank you again for the opportunity!”

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