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. We work to fulfill our mission by providing authentic hands-on art experiences for children with artists, both in our art-filled interactive museum, in the community, and by collecting and exhibiting children’s art. We are committed to celebrating the artist in every child and promoting access to the arts for all children regardless of ability or socioeconomic status because we believe the arts are critical to child and youth development and to strong and vibrant communities.
Founded in October 1988 by Kathleen Schneider, the museum has been located in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo since its inception. As CMA’s audience grew in size, its young artists grew as well, eventually outgrowing the facility on Lafayette Street. CMA needed a larger space to expand its’ programming, reaching more communities and kids up to age 15. In 2010, CMA broke ground on a former loading dock west of SoHo, working with architects and developers to create a state-of-the art facility that would benefit a range of ages and abilities. Children’s Museum of the Arts opened the doors to its new 10,000sq ft. home on Charlton Street in 2011. Since then, CMA has served hundreds of thousands of children and families, 27% free of charge.
Exhibiting Artists: E. V. Day Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) is pleased to announce E. V. Day: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, a gravity-defying exhibition that encourages viewers to aim high and break through their own invisible…Read More »
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) is pleased to announce A Way With Words: The Power and Art of the Book, an exhibition that presents artworks which draw attention to the long and remarkable history of the book. Exhibiting Artists: Cara…Read More »
Exhibiting Artists: Thomas Broadbent, E.V Day, Michael Kagan, Nina Katchadourian, Tom Sachs, Masayoshi Sukita, Penelope Umbrico, and Andrew ZuckermanChildrenâ€™s Museum of the Arts is pleased to announce Mission to Space, an exhibition about the…Read More »
Exhibiting Artists: Louisa Armbrust, Zoe Buckman, Dario Escobar, Michelle Grabner, Norm Paris, David Rathman, Christin Rose, Jean Shin, and Hank Willis ThomasChildrenâ€™s Museum of the Arts is pleased to announce Game On!, an exhibition about our…Read More »
Description: Childrenâ€™s Museum of the Arts is pleased to announce Sew What? on view in the Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery. This exhibition takes textile arts as its starting point and includes contemporary artists whose work transforms the material…Read More »
The Childrenâ€™s Museum of the Arts (CMA) is pleased to announce If You Lived Here, Youâ€™d Be Home on view in the Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery. This exhibition takes cartography and mapping as its starting point and includes contemporary artists…Read More »
The Childrenâ€™s Museum of the Arts is pleased to announce Far, Far Awayâ€¦, on view in the Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery. Far, Far Awayâ€¦ is an exhibition that considers the possibility of alternate worlds, dreamscapes and imagined landscapes-…Read More »
Pixelated: Sum of its Pieces brings together emerging and mid-career artists whose work explores different means of perception. For better or worse, our lives are increasingly played out on a screen. From checking directions to playing a game on the…Read More »
CMA is pleased to announce our summer show Focus: Artist as Observer, an exhibition on view in the Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery that explores the ways artists examine and celebrate various aspects of heritage, culture, neighborhood and personal…Read More »