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.


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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Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers


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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