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.