Gala Events

Gala Events

Every year CMOM hosts benefit events to celebrate the Museum’s achievements, programs and future projects. Proceeds from these events support CMOM’s arts, education, health and cultural programs for children and families throughout New York City.
 
On May 21, 2012, friends of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan gathered together for the 2012 Spring Benefit to support our vital community outreach programs. We could not have imagined a more inspired and heartfelt celebration of our commitment to families, the arts, health and education.
 
The event recognized the enormous contribution to our city by Laurie M. Tisch with the inaugural Laurie M. Tisch Awards honoring MacArthur Fellow, artist and U.S. representative at the prestigious 2013 Venice Biennale, Sarah Sze, and her husband, physician and Pulitzer Prize winning author, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. The award underscored the power of transformational experiences and spaces that can fuel artistic imagination and connect the emotional and physical lives of children. Indeed, it is our collective responsibility to ensure a bright future for all children, but especially for those in greatest need.
 
Corporate Leadership Award recipient Rick Woldenburg, CEO of Learning Resources® reminded us that the shared commitment to early childhood education and family learning transcends bottom lines and that, together, for-profits and non-profits can make lasting improvements in the learning lives of children and families.
 
We were also honored to have Dawn White, Center Director at the Police Athletic League Head Start in Brownsville, Brooklyn, inspire us with her personal story of success and empowerment. Dawn provided first hand testimony of how CMOM’s EatSleepPlay training has helped to transform her community. View »

Here are some other past CMOM galas!

  • Spring 20011: CMOM Eats! Ffriends of CMOM gathered at the homes of Chair, Board of the Directors: halley k harrisburg, Vice Chair, Board of Directors — Miyoung Lee and Board Member — Christiane Lemieux for an intimate dinner to celebrate another incredible year at the Museum. We were thrilled to be joined by amazing company for a special evening!
  • Spring 2010: CMOM Celebrates Andy! Gala to celebrate 20-year leadership of Andrew S. Ackerman as CMOM’s Executive Director, and his service to families throughout New York City in health, the arts, literacy and early childhood education.
  • Spring 2009: The Laurie Berkner Band - Concert with Laurie Berkner Band and David Weinstone
  • Fall 2008: Chris Rock - Benefit event to provide free CMOM admission for Head Start families
  • Spring 2008: Adventures with Dora & Diego - Celebrating the opening of the exhibit Adventures with Dora & Diego
  • Fall 2007: A Nite Out - An adult benefit to support CMOM’s ongoing efforts with unprivileged children across New York City
  • Spring 2007: Gods, Myths and Mortals - Celebrating the opening of the exhibit Gods, Myths & Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece
  • Fall 2006: Work Hard? Play Hard! - Celebrating the opening of Playworks™, an entire floor at CMOM devoted to early childhood play and learning
  • Spring 2006: The Magic of Sharing - Live interactive performances by Tony Nominated Star of Disney’s The Lion King, Clifton Oliver
  • Fall 2005: The Art of Andy Warhol - Celebrating the opening of his exhibit at CMOM

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Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Calendar

Little Scientist: Home Sweet Home – Animal Habitats, 10:00am

4 & younger

Come join us as we explore different habitats and the animals that live in them! Create a diorama to display your own animal home.
Kindergarten readiness skills: learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory exploration, early science skills (cause and effect).
 

Duke Ellington: Big Band Instrument Making, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Edward “Duke” Ellington was not only a talented jazz performer, but also a composer and the conductor of his own Big Band. Many of the famous pieces of jazz we know today – known as ‘standards’ – were written by Duke for his band, and for the specific talents of his musicians. Inspired by the individual style of these talented performers, build your own musical instruments similar to the ones you hear in Duke Ellington’s music.

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

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.

Eid al Fitr Festival – Henna Designs, 10:00am

All ages

Explore intricate henna designs as you learn about henna’s origins and fashion and create your own decorative templates and cards.
 

10am-12pm

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.

Experiment with Pitch (Demo), 11:00am

All ages

Join our old fashioned “jug band” while experimenting with sound effects. Blow across the opening of the bottle to produce the lowest or highest sounds to learn about pitch. Does the shape of the bottle affect the sound you make?  What kind of sounds can you produce without water? Can you create notes by adding different amounts of water in each bottle?

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

Experiment with Pitch (Demo), 11:00am

All ages

Join our old fashioned “jug band” while experimenting with sound effects. Blow across the opening of the bottle to produce the lowest or highest sounds to learn about pitch. Does the shape of the bottle affect the sound you make?  What kind of sounds can you produce without water? Can you create notes by adding different amounts of water in each bottle?

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: Live Piano Music - Gregory Chen, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm
Award-winning pianist, Gregory Chen, a Manhattan School of Music alumnus, has taught music at Afro Latin Jazz Academy of Music, City College of New York and in various schools within the New York City Public Schools.  He’s also performed in venues such as Symphony Space in New York City, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and The Jazz Showcase in Chicago IL.
Get into the swing of things with live music provided by a jazz pianist from the Manhattan School of Music! This program is part of our Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Live Piano Music!, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm

Get into the swing of things with live music provided by a jazz pianist selected by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem!
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

Let’s Make Playdough, 11:30am

4 & younger

Help CMOM educators make playdough from scratch!  Explore texture by using your hands to help mix the ingredients.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness and explore texture.
 

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)

Music and Storytelling: “Cinderella: An Islamic Tale”, 12:30pm

All ages

The story of Cinderella is common in different cultures worldwide. Find similarities and differences as the story of the character Zahra unfolds in Fawzia Gilani book Cinderella: An Islamic Tale.

12:30-1pm, drop in. 

Little Scientist: Home Sweet Home – Animal Habitats, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Come join us as we explore different habitats and the animals that live in them! Create a diorama to display your own animal home.
Kindergarten readiness skills: learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory exploration, early science skills (cause and effect).
 

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.

Dancing Lantern Shadow Puppets Theater, 2:00pm

5 & older

Join Melissa Chernowitz, puppeteer and artistic director of Dancing Lantern Theater as she helps you bring the rich story of Eid al Fitr to life with your own shadow puppet.

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)

Skit Scat Stories & Songs!, 3:00pm

All ages

Listen to iconic performances of jazz music and then read books about the ‘Jazz Legends’ who performed them.

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

Dancing Lantern Shadow Puppets Theater, 3:45pm

5 & older

Join Melissa Chernowitz, puppeteer and artistic director of Dancing Lantern Theater as she helps you bring the rich story of Eid al Fitr to life with your own shadow puppet.

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

Let’s Make Playdough, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Help CMOM educators make playdough from scratch!  Explore texture by using your hands to help mix the ingredients.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness and explore texture.
 

Full Calendar