On May 5th, families flocked into CMA for Picture This, a party and benefit celebrating 25 years of serving young artists in NYC. All proceeds go to CMA’s free community programs, and it’s always nice to party for a good cause.
All of us here at CMA are very pleased to announce and welcome our new Executive Director, Barbara Hunt McLanahan! Learn more about Barbara’s love for art and children in an interview conducted by her 6 year old daughter, Jade.
Our current exhibition at the Children’s Museum of the Arts showcases a visual encyclopedia of artworks by artist and MC, RAMMELLZEE, including life-sized costumes, masks, frescoes, figurines, videos and more.
At CMA, our mission is to serve young artists and families in our community with creative and empowering hands-on arts programming. Following Hurricane Sandy, Teaching Artist Cecilia de Corral decided to use her craft to empower CMA’s community with the ability to create quilts for families who had been affected by the storm. In this
Animation, collage, and rock and roll are just a few of the artistic mediums for which CMA teaching artist, Alice Cohen, is known. We loved getting the chance to interview our fellow CMA artist and hope you enjoy reading about how unique and inspirational she is to an audience of any age.
Recently featured at CMA, Japanese heta-uma artists Misaki Kawai’s celebration of the artist in every child. In her work, Misaki encourages both adults and young people to make art by emphasizing that the most important thing for an artist is not their ability to draw technically well, but their ability to trust their instincts.
Since arriving in NYC in 1979, I’ve been balancing the many roles and energies of making music and performance art with my role in education. I have managed my time as a director, performer, writer, musician, and collaborator at venues such as PS 122, La Mama, and the Kitchen, with my role as a teaching artist, working with children of all ages to facilitate a sense of creative curiosity about themselves and the world around them. Whether it be my many years teaching toddlers and preschoolers or my time spent with elementary, middle and high schoolers, I have always found this balancing act between creating,presenting, teaching, and facilitating to be cross-inspirational, each fueling the other on my creative journeys. The samples of work here represent touchstones of each facet along the way.
The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Arts is to extend the benefits of the arts to all children and their communities and to secure the future of the arts by inspiring and championing the next generation of artists and art lovers.