CMA & Schools

Virtual School and Group Visits

Bring the museum visit experience to your classroom with a CMA Virtual Visit. During a Virtual Visit, CMA School Programs staff will host or drop-in to your preferred virtual learning platform to lead a hands-on art experience tailored to your group’s age range or grade level.

Virtual Visits include:

— an inquiry- and activity-based discussion of featured artworks
— a hands-on art project using simple home or school art materials
— pre- and post-visit resources and activities for educators and students

Virtual Visit content supports NYC DOE’s Blueprint Standards for Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts and the Moving Image and Universal Design for Learning.

CMA is offering four curated virtual visit options covering various areas of study. You can also create a custom visit around a specific interest or event. To begin the booking process, click the associated link below to submit an inquiry form.

Options and Booking

Option #1: Art and Activism

Recommended for Kindergarten and up

Request an Art and Activism Visit

During an Art and Activism Virtual Visit, students will investigate the methods and materials artists use to communicate big ideas about the world around us. Artists can question the status quo, record and reflect protest and injustice, and draw attention to what we should protect or celebrate. By exploring the materials and inspiration behind socially-engaged artwork, students can discover how to activate their own values and beliefs, drawing the line between art and activism. This is a great visit for all students and can introduce or reinforce connections between current events and classroom learning.

Visits also include curated pre- and post-visit resources to utilize in the classroom to get more out of the visit experience.

LOOK: Students will examine artwork and engage in an inquiry-based discussion appropriate for their age level. 

MAKE: Students will create their own artwork inspired by the artistic processes, materials, and themes they examined. Students / schools will need to provide their own materials. 

Project Options:

  • Light Portrait
    • Recommended for K+
    • Materials: paper, coloring / drawing utensils (such as colored pencils or markers), glue, construction paper or colorful paper (can be recycled paper such as magazines)
  • Protect or Protest Sign 
    • Recommended for 3rd
    • Materials: paper, recycled cardboard, colored paper / recycled paper material, markers, glue, scissors

SHARE: Students will share their artistic process with the group, and we will discuss how their artwork could make a cultural or social impact.

Option #2: Museum Explorers

Recommended for grades K-2

Request a Museum Explorers Visit

Museums are typically buildings where objects of historical, artistic, or cultural significance are stored and shared with the public. During this period of social distancing, museums have also become virtual gathering places for connection and exploration. During a Museum Explorers visit, your class can virtually view CMA and learn about the different elements of an art museum. They will also take on the role of artist to create their own hands-on project: a Museum of Me. This visit is a great introduction to art and museums for our youngest visitors.

Visits also include curated pre- and post-visit resources to utilize in the classroom to get more out of the visit experience.

LOOK: Students will explore the virtual museum space, artwork, and the roles of museum workers through an inquiry-based discussion appropriate for their age level. 

MAKE: Students will create their own artwork inspired by the artistic processes, materials, and themes they examined. Students will take on the role of the artist and use shapes and colors to create their own piece of art! Students / schools will need to provide their own materials. 

Project: Museum of Me

  • Materials: plain paper, drawing utensils (such as markers or crayons), scissors, glue stick, construction paper (recommended but not required)

SHARE: Students will share their projects with the group and we will think about how students used shapes and colors to create their “me-seums.”

Option #3: Drawn to Language

Recommended for 3rd+

Request a Drawn to Language Visit

While we often think of art as shapes, colors, or images, artists can be drawn to language, too. Whether used for additional emphasis, to define meaning, to further a narrative, or simply to make a joke, language is an increasingly important element in visual art. During a Drawn to Language Virtual Visit, students will examine artists who use accessible materials, processes, and techniques to entice the viewer to examine language in new ways. This visit can help make connections between art and elements of literacy.

Visits also include curated pre- and post-visit resources to utilize in the classroom to get more out of the visit experience.

LOOK: Students will examine artwork and engage in an inquiry-based discussion appropriate for their age level. 

MAKE: Students will create their own artwork inspired by the artistic processes, materials, and themes they examined. Students / schools will need to provide their own materials. 

Project: Pop-Up Sculptures

  • Materials: paper, pencil, markers and / or colored pencils, glue, cardboard / cardstock (can be recycled or reused)

SHARE: Students will share their projects with the group and we will discuss how students used scale, form, and language in their artwork.

Option #4: Early Childhood

Recommended for children ages 2-5

Request an Early Childhood Visit

Available Tuesdays from 10 AM to 10:40 AM ET

Join CMA Early Childhood Director and veteran Teaching Artist Tom Burnett for a virtual trip to the CMA stART Studio. Visits also include curated pre- and post-visit resources to utilize in the classroom to get more out of the visit experience.

LOOK: Children will enjoy an art-related story covering aspects of line, color, and form.

MAKE: Using the story as inspiration, children will be invited to create their own illustrations using drawing tools.

  • Materials:  Drawing paper, markers, crayons, or any drawing tool

SHARE: Children can volunteer to share their creations with each other at the end of the visit.

Option #5: Custom Virtual Visit

Interested in a more specific visit experience? Looking for a special project tied to your curriculum or event? We are happy to create a custom virtual visit for your group’s needs.

Request a Custom Virtual Visit

Custom visits are great for:

  • Clubs, scout troops, family groups, or special events
  • Teachers looking to augment a specific lesson or unit of study with a hands-on art project
  • If you’re interested in learning about a specific art period or technique
  • If you’re interested in other art forms like movement / dance or theater

Schedule, Fees, and Policies

Scheduling and Fees

Virtual Visits for K+ are available Monday through Friday, subject to availability. Weekend visits may be available on an extremely limited basis. Early Childhood Virtual Visits are only offered Tuesdays from 10 AM to 10:40 AM ET. 

K-12 Virtual Visits last no more than 50 minutes. Start time can be flexible depending on your class time. We can only accommodate one class at a time. Please note Early Childhood Virtual Visits are only offered Tuesdays from 10 AM t 10:40 AM ET.

K-12 Visits can begin during these time blocks, subject to availability:

  • 10 AM to 12 PM
  • 12 PM to 2 PM
  • 3 PM to 5 PM (limited)

Visit Fees: Prepared Visit Options

  • Pre-K or Daycare Programs, Private School, Home School, Non-Title 1 Public School, or other private group
    • $75 / visit
    • Includes up to 32 students per group; all adults free
  • Title 1 Schools or groups including children with disabilities
    • $25 / visit
    • Includes up to 32 students per group; all adults free

Visit Fees: Custom Virtual Visit

  • Custom visits start at $100. Other associated costs could include, but are not limited to: longer visit time, more than 32 participants, specialized materials, or need for additional staff. After discussing your custom visit inquiry, CMA staff will send a quote for your custom visit. Other visit policies still apply.

Payment: Payment is required to confirm your visit. We accept Credit Card or DOE Purchase Order for payment. We do not accept checks or cash for virtual visits. 

Update on Title 1 Scholarship Program: Due to the impact of COVID-19, we no longer are able to offer free visits to Title 1 schools. We hope this discounted rate makes visits more accessible during this time.

Cancellation Policies

Rescheduling: If you need to reschedule your visit, we require at least 48 hours’ notice via email. We are able to accommodate rescheduling only once. If you later cancel your rescheduled date, you will not be issued a refund and you will need to book a new visit and pay a new visit fee.

Cancelling: We require five business days’ notice to cancel a virtual visit. If you cancel your visit with more than five business days’ notice, you will receive a full refund. If your visit is cancelled with less than five business days’ notice, we will recommend rescheduling (as explained above. We do not offer refunds. In the unlikely event that CMA needs to reschedule or cancel for any reason, every attempt will be made to reschedule the virtual visit.

FAQs

When is my visit confirmed? Your visit is not confirmed until you receive communication from a CMA staff member and submit payment for your visit. You will receive a receipt and emailed confirmation once your payment has been completed.

 

What is the exact time of my visit? K-12 visits: After submitting your inquiry, you can share the exact preferred time of your visit with CMA staff. Your virtual visit will begin promptly at that time and will last no longer than 50 minutes (or the end of your class period). Early Childhood Virtual Visits are only offered Tuesdays from 10 AM to 10:40 AM EST. 

How do we access the visit? If you plan to host the visit, you will need to invite CMA staff to your virtual classroom or preferred school platform via a direct invite or link. For information from the DOE on this, please click here.

Can CMA host a virtual visit on its own platform? Yes! CMA can also host a visit on our preferred platform (Zoom) and provide you with an access link. 

Does a teacher need to be present? Yes. A licensed teacher or school / organization faculty member must be present for the entire virtual visit experience. This person is responsible for admitting students to the virtual classroom, behavior management, and encouraging any other school rules and norms. This is to protect student safety. If this person is not present, the visit must conclude promptly and payment will not be refunded.

How many students can participate? The max number of participating students is 32 students per session. Visits work best when students participate with their usual class or group (not combining groups).

Can visits be recorded? No, we do not allow visits to be recorded. We invite schools and groups to think creatively about how all participants can access the virtual visit synchronously. 

Will students be required to have cameras/mics on? We do not require students to have their videos on to participate in our programs. We highly recommend students have their mics on to participate in a discussion. We also ask educators to let us know what the class expectations are and if the majority of students will or will not have cameras on to help us plan for a successful visit.

Are pre-visit activities required? No, but they are recommended. Virtual Visits are shorter than our in-person experiences, so pre-visit activities help introduce participants to the main ideas of the visit. They are also designed to be easy to integrate into synchronous or asynchronous learning and can be scaffolded to fit the needs of your class. Pre-visit activities will be sent in the confirmation email.

I will have students in my physical room. Can we still do a virtual visit? Yes! Depending on the technology available to you, you can hold a virtual visit via Smart Board or other devices in your classroom. Please note this on your request form.

My school is fully in-person. Can we visit the physical museum? No, the museum is not offering in-person programming at this time.

Testimonials

“We loved our trip to CMA and the activities you had planned for us. Thank you for being so flexible, providing an inclusive and rich opportunity for our explorers, and opening these experiences up to our population. We appreciate your generosity and providing us with a scholarship so both groups could participate. The artwork the kids made was something new and exciting and we’re so happy they were exposed to such a cool project!”

— NYC Public School Teacher

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