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The mission of CMA is to introduce children and their families to the transformative power of the arts by providing opportunities to make art side-by-side with working artists.
Since its founding in New York City in 1988, CMA has worked to actively engage children and their families with the arts through family-friendly art exhibitions and hands-on art workshops led by trained, professional Teaching Artists. CMA strives to provide arts programming for all children, particularly those whose needs are not being met at home, school, or by other local organizations. CMA serves children between the ages of 1 and 15 and their families, drawing patrons from across the tri-State area, as well as national and international visitors. In its 2,000 square foot gallery space, CMA organizes curated exhibitions featuring emerging and established professional visual artists. These exhibitions are the inspiration for guided visits from school and community groups led by professional artists who serve as Teaching Artists, who also lead ever-changing hands-on art workshops in nearby studio spaces that incorporate a variety of artistic media. Through single-session group visits and sequential school partnerships, CMA serves over 150 schools locally, as well as thousands more children who take part in museum classes and camps. Though general museum visitors may never see them, community programs are also a vital component of CMA’s mission. These services provide resources for some of New York City’s most vulnerable audiences, all offered at no cost, including children in the NYC child welfare system and foster care, children on the autism spectrum and those with physical disabilities, and children living in transitional housing.