Creativity

Creativity

Hospital Arts Outreach

CMOM helps children living with cancer and their families explore, heal and learn through art. Every week, we send our leading educators to the children’s ward of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Cancer Treatment Center. Equipped with a creative curriculum and a sterile selection of supplies, our educators invite patients, their siblings and parents to participate in free, innovative art activities that are fun and educational. By combining an academic focus with fun art activities, the art-making program makes the hospital setting more livable, stimulating and fun for kids coping with illness and allows them to feel like a “normal” kid for a while.

After-School Programs

CMOM provides after-school enrichment programs to more than 35,000 children. Each week CMOM runs 50-80 different programs off-site, mostly in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Over the last eight years, CMOM has developed a unique curriculum and educational approach that compliments and enriches the work of schools to meet performance standards in science, art and literacy.

PlayHelps

In response to Hurricane Katrina, CMOM created Play Helps™, a program that brought relief in the form of play to children and families in New Orleans impacted by the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Based on CMOM’s PlayWorks™ curriculum and launched in partnership with the Louisiana Children’s Museum in December 2006, Play Helps™ was conducted within two large geodesic domes filled with wonderful play and learning opportunities. The domes were set up on the grounds of the Andrew Jackson School in St. Bernard Parish. Classes from the elementary school regularly visited the Play Helps™ domes over the course of a three-month period. On weekends and holidays, community groups visited Play Helps™ free of charge at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Families were encouraged to participate in open-ended play, a toy-making workshop and special activities in the Art Studio.

Play Helps™ was presented through the support of the Toy Industry Foundation, designed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and coordinated by the Association of Children’s Museums.

A modified, locally-run and supported version called Play Power continues to be transformative for the Louisiana Children’s Museum and greater New Orleans community, delivering programs on a daily basis to five school sites.

A little play goes a long way!

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Calendar

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

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
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.
 

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.

Getting Creative with Art: Shake and Paint!, 10:00am

4 & younger

Dip wooden balls into paint, toss them into a shoe box lined with paper and shake! Open the box to reveal a one of a kind design.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness, creative expression.
 

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

All ages

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.

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

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.

All Jazzed Up Performance: Live Piano Music - Mathis Picard, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm
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.
 

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.

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).

Getting Creative with Art: Shake and Paint!, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Dip wooden balls into paint, toss them into a shoe box lined with paper and shake! Open the box to reveal a one of a kind design.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness, creative expression.
 

Dance the Lindy Hop (Demo), 1:30pm

All ages

Learn to do the Lindy Hop by moving your feet to the arrangement of basic tap steps. Try to tap your feet fast or slow to a variety of rhythms or tempo. Can you create your own step combinations?
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Fields of Felt, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Use felt images of trees, lakes, and mountains to create a large mural together.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness, explore texture, early math skills.
 

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.

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.

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