History and Mission

CMOM inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs. Since opening in a neighborhood storefront in 1973, we’ve grown into a unique 38,000 square-foot learning facility with outreach programs at nearly 50 sites throughout New York City. We’re proud to be a destination for visitors from around the world.

Each year, CMOM serves more than 350,000 people, including 65,000 children who visited the Museum as part of a school group or through one of the Museum’s community partners. CMOM is committed to making its exhibits and programs available to all, and with outreach programs at nearly 50 sites around New York City, we continually reach thousands of families who might not otherwise be able to benefit from our services.

CMOM focuses on four priority areas to impact children in ways that will last a lifetime:

  • Early childhood education prepares children for success in school.
  • Creativity in the arts and sciences inspires creative and analytical thinking skills for lifelong learning.
  • Healthy lifestyles programs provide a blueprint for a family's physical, emotional and environmental well-being.
  • Exploration of world cultures gives children awareness, understanding and context for the diverse society in which we all live.

These priorities are met through exhibitions, classes, workshops, performances and Museum-sponsored festivals. CMOM’s programs and exhibits are designed to address the multiple ways children learn and to help parents understand and support their children’s development. Professional Development programs are offered to parents, educators and childcare providers and health care professionals as a means to broaden CMOM’s influence in reaching children and their families effectively.

Every week more than 80 workshops, classes and performances are offered free with admission to the Museum, deepening the CMOM experience with related literacy-based activities, diverse cultural experiences and the performing arts. Every CMOM program is based on research, evaluation and testing.

History and Mission

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Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Calendar

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – Repeat the Beat: Tap Your Feet, 10:00am

All ages

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson is celebrated for his light and exacting footwork. Tap your way in you’re your own pair of tap shoes and create rhythms with our feet!  
 

Romare Bearden - My World as Colorful Melodies, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 2pm
Artist Romare Bearden was deeply influenced by jazz music and often listened to it while making art. Listen to jazz as you create a work of art inspired by Romare Bearden’s collage techniques.

Getting Creative with Art: Fall Tree Sculpture, 10:00am

4 & younger

Love drawing with markers?  What do you think happens when you dip the marker in water?
 

Thinking Like a Composer (Demo), 11:00am

All ages

Match the sounds that you hear with notes on paper as you design your own musical score. Use historic sheet music by composers such as Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams.
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
 

Day of the Dead: Sugar Skull Mask Making, 12:00pm

All ages

12pm - 2pm
Create a “sugar skull” mask to celebrate the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
 

Experiment with Pitch (Demo), 1:30pm

All ages

Join our old fashioned “jug band” while learning about pitch and experimenting with sound effects.

Mural Wall Painting, 2:45pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

All Jazzed Up Performance Series: Dan Lipsitz's Brass Tacks, 3:00pm

All ages

New Yorker, Dan Lipsitz is a professional saxophone and clarinet player. The Brass Tacks is part of a renaissance of early jazz music including dixieland and brass band music!
Ticketed Event

Parachute Play, 3:30pm

4 & younger

Blue and green, yellow and red. What colors can you find over head?
 

All Jazzed Up Performance Series: Dan Lipsitz's Brass Tacks, 4:00pm

All ages

New Yorker, Dan Lipsitz is a professional saxophone and clarinet player. The Brass Tacks is part of a renaissance of early jazz music including dixieland and brass band music!
Ticketed Event

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