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Children’s Museum of the Arts

  • Children’s Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton Street New York, NY, 10014 United States (map)

Children’s Museum of the Arts for NYTM

Founded in Lower Manhattan in 1988, the Children’s Museum of the Arts provides authentic hands-on art experiences for children, both in its art-filled museum and in the community. CMA’s mission 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. CMA works to fulfill its mission through four distinct initiatives: On-site public programming that includes interactive art stations and artist-led workshops, early-childhood arts workshops, after- school classes, intensive art camps and special family programs; school & community outreach programs throughout New York City; art exhibitions; and a permanent collection of 2,000 pieces of children’s art from around the world. More information is available at

In January 2016, CMA presented Sew What?, an exhibition that took textile arts as its starting point and included contemporary artists whose work transformed the material of fiber. Sew What? reveled in the diversity of textiles, and how these materials are transformed through various techniques by contemporary artists. The word textile, from Latin texere, means to weave, to braid, to construct. Most textile arts begin with twisting or spinning and plying fiber to make yarn (called thread when it is very fine and rope when it is very heavy). The yarn is then knotted, looped, braided or woven to make flexible fabric or cloth, and cloth can be used to make clothing and soft objects. Techniques of dyeing, printing, embroidery, needlework, knitting, quilting and sewing all are a part of textile arts. Often connecting significant personal and cultural narratives, the artists in Sew Whatmoved across temporal and spatial boundaries, connecting old and new ideas, just as they provided important links between people, places and ways of life. Bringing together a diverse range of contemporary works, Sew What? celebrated the ways in which contemporary artists explore and extend the textile and fiber medium. All the techniques on view were then taught to museum visitors through CMA's hands on art-making workshops led by practicing Teaching Artists. Children and adults alike can appreciate the woven, crocheted, and threaded world of textiles. CMA is a special place to build skills and learn techniques, to examine the world around us and grow into creative, engaged and productive young artists.

Installation and Workshop Details:

Two installations by designer Ellen Van Dusen will be on view in the CMA Window and the Pepperman Family Art Studio beginning September 13, 2016.  These playful installations expand on Van Dusen's work in clothing and home goods, exploring the properties of color, shape and scale in large scale environments. 

Weaving Workshop in the Fine Arts Studio: Young artists will practice traditional hand weaving techniques as they develop their own sense of color, texture and pattern.

Monday 9/19, 12-5 PM

Thursday 9/22, 12-6 PM

Friday 9/23, 12-6 PM

Saturday 9/ 24 & Sunday 9/25, 10 AM - 5 PM

Surface Design Workshop in the Fine Arts Studio: Young artists will design collographs and hand print on fabric to create their own original designs.

Friday 9/23, 12-6 PM

Saturday 9/24 & Sunday 9/25, 10 AM - 5 PM

Monday 9/26, 12-5 PM

Thursday 9/29, 12-6 PM

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Earlier Event: September 19
Later Event: September 20