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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CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Calendar

In The Mood: Painting Musical Emotions, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Families will be inspired to create artwork by the emotions felt when listening to Jazz. Discover what creates the melancholy mood in Billie Holiday’s voice, or the cheerful sound of Duke Ellington’s Big Band. Explore how your mood is affected by musical elements such as key, melody, harmony and tempo, using a piece of historic sheet music as your canvas.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Ella Fitzgerald: Learn to Improvise!, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 2pm
Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz vocalist, known during the Harlem Renaissance for her impressive vocal range and her unique style of sung improvisation known as ‘scat’. Learn how music is a form of self expression, from performance to post-production. Sing along with Lady Ella in your own style to experiment with improvisation. Record your unique rendition on an iPad, and use technology to alter the way your voice sounds. Save your finished product to our sound cloud and download it at home!

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Little Artist: Rainbow Fish, 10:00am

4 & younger

Learn to share just as The Rainbow Fish does in Marcus Pfister’s story.  Explore texture as you mix and match shinny scales to make a colorful rainbow fish!
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new descriptive vocabulary, process of creation sensory exploration, color and shape recognition, creative expression.
 

Swept Away: When Water Meets Sand, 10:30am

4 & younger

10:30am - 4pm
Explore how water changes ecosystems with our new Erosion Table! Discover water’s power on Earth’s surface by creating rivers and lakes through sand.

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect)

Little Artist: Rainbow Fish, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Learn to share just as The Rainbow Fish does in Marcus Pfister’s story.  Explore texture as you mix and match shinny scales to make a colorful rainbow fish!
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new descriptive vocabulary, process of creation sensory exploration, color and shape recognition, creative expression.
 

Thinking Like a Composer: Understanding Sheet Music (Demo), 1:30pm

All ages

Music is made up of notes of different pitches, from low to high. An important characteristic of jazz music is that these notes are arranged in unusual rhythms. Examine a historic score sheet by composers such as Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams. Then match the sounds that you hear with notes on the paper and create your own score.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Mural Wall Painting, 2:30pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect)

All Jazzed Up Performance: Kavita Shah, 3:00pm

All ages

Kavita a visionary singer, composer, and arranger incorporates elements of Indian, Brazilian, and Malian music into her jazz-based repertoire.
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

All Jazzed Up Performance: Kavita Shah, 4:00pm

All ages

Kavita a visionary singer, composer, and arranger incorporates elements of Indian, Brazilian, and Malian music into her jazz-based repertoire.
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

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