CMA partners with service organizations to provide culturally-informed art practitioners to support families experiencing hardship for social-emotional empowerment.
ARTime provides art programming for families who are underserved and experiencing hardship and are already participating in social programs with partner agencies. Hardship may be due to trauma, job loss, immigration status, unstable housing, early intervention needs, and/or low English proficiency. ARTime provides communities with few after-school and educationally rich resources. CMA recognizes that parents and guardians are a child’s first teachers and that learning is a lifelong process, thus ARTime is focused on encouraging adults and children to learn and grow together.
CMA provides 6-12 sessions of weekly art programming at locations near communities served by partner organizations. Teaching Artists provide art materials and prepare curriculum featuring visual artists with a comment on social justice, incorporating culturally inclusive practices and family literacy for families with children ages 3-15. Families explore materials and concept for collaborative family projects. Each program culminates with an exhibition of the participates artwork and a reception for their families and friends.
- LOOK: Using Visual Thinking Strategies, families will explore artwork from the CMA permanent collection in the CMA Pop-Up Museum Project as an inspiration to increase literacy skills through art while supporting expressive and receptive language skills.
- MAKE: Families will identify with self and use their own family and cultural stories to incorporate into new artworks. Providing the opportunity to self-express themselves through exploration/experimentation of materials moving towards collaborative works.
- SHARE: Families will reflect and share their artwork to the group and to the community at the end of each session and through a cumulating event.
CMA’s ARTime Teaching Artists are culturally-informed, social justice practitioners. Upon partnering organization’s request, bilingual and bicultural facilitators can be identified. Teaching Artists are provided with supervision and professional development from a social service professional with an expertise in serving program’s population.