CMA in the Community

Cultural Festivals

CMA Cultural Festivals are a monthly series featuring twelve ethnic or cultural communities in New York City per year. Collaborations with community-based organizations and educators allow CMA to network with guest artists in genres that are typically not featured at CMA – such as dance, music, theatre, and puppetry – and promote the events to new audiences. Through the Cultural Festival series, CMA aims to provide guest artists with a venue to perform showcase various cultural traditions representing diverse families in NYC and foster increased awareness of the benefits of arts education among new audiences. The festivals were among the most popular visitation days at CMA, serving a total of 13,552 families in FY19.

Through this series, CMA aims to provide guest artists with a venue to perform and showcase various cultural traditions that represent diverse families in NYC, as well as foster increased awareness of the benefits of arts education among new audiences. Evaluative surveys indicated that 91% of respondents learned something new about art projects and ways to incorporate art-making time at home, and 93% said that their experience inspired them to seek out additional cultural programming in New York City.

2019-2020 Schedule

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Belgium Cultural Festival

Sunday, October 6, 2019
Venezuelan Cultural Festival

Sunday, November 3, 2019
Indigenous Peoples Cultural Festival

Sunday, January 26, 2020
NYC Cultural Festival

Sunday, February 9, 2020
Indonesian Cultural Festival

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Black Culture Festival

Sunday, March 8, 2020
Indian Cultural Festival


“My favorite thing about today was exposing my daughter to different cultures, dance, and ways of expressing herself.” — Parent

“Today we learned about the prominent role of dance in Asian culture and how dance and rhythm relates to math – we had no idea!” — Parent

“We loved being able to participate actively, and to share with my children the magic of living in NYC.” — Parent

“From my perspective, I grew up in Bangladesh, so I wasn’t introduced to different cultures and communities as a child. After coming to CMA, I have learned about so different communities through the arts. I learned so many things through the arts because I had to make projects for CMA’s Cultural Festivals. I teach the kids, but I also am still learning.” — CMA Teaching Artist

This program is supported by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Jennifer & Jonathan Soros Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, the Louis Legacy Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, with special thanks to Councilmember Ruben Diaz.

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