CMOM Responds After Hurricane Sandy

CMOM Responds After Hurricane Sandy

Urgent help needed!

CMOM launches long-term plan to help families impacted by Hurricane Sandy
As CMOM has learned through its work after 9/11 and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, creativity is at the heart of recovery and it is imperative to keep children’s minds active and engaged, even in difficult circumstances. CMOM is putting out an urgent call for volunteers and donations needed toward its relief efforts.   

At Memorial Sloan Kettering
Among the families who suffered losses and have had their lives greatly impacted by Hurricane Sandy, are the families with children being treated for cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. When CMOM artist-educator Jamie Kim went to the hospital to lead this week’s CMOM art program, she found that families of children being treated for cancer had been displaced by the hurricane with no where to stay, siblings and other relatives were waiting for hours at the hospital. Not only are these families dealing with the stress of being displaced or lacking access to electricity or transportation, they are dealing with a great added burden in getting their children timely medical care.  

CMOM would like to create art kits for these children in transition, to create and participate in fun activities while waiting in the hospital, shelters or wherever they are staying. These kits would include a Wishing Wand Project with decorative materials, spiral bound writing and drawing journal and colorful crayons, and a soft pillowcase to draw on with fabric markers.Volunteers are needed to make Art Kits. If you want to volunteer, contact Liz Tsaoussis at 212-721-1223 ext. 254.

Staten Island Relief Project
The New York Public Library Branch division has asked CMOM to host “relief” programs at public library branches in areas of Staten Island affected by Hurricane Sandy. CMOM needs volunteers to buy or fund materials to prepare up to 100 Art Kits (each kit will include a draw-on stuffed animal or pillow case, wishing wand and journal with crayons) and 40 no-sew fleece blankets (to be hand constructed). Volunteers are needed to work with staff at the libraries. If you want to volunteer, contact contact Liz Tsaoussis at 212-721-1223 ext. 254.

Holiday Toy Delivery
Additionally, in December CMOM will receive a donation of over 400 toys which the Museum will deliver to children and families in Staten Island and Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital. Volunteers are needed to help deliver toys. If you want to volunteer, contact Leslie Bushara at 212-721-1223 ext. 250.

In the coming weeks, CMOM will continue to work with our citywide partners to determine how to best deliver programs at libraries throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island; Head Start sites, hospitals and community centers. 

Please let us know if you would like to make a donation toward the fund for the CMOM Art Kit supplies, for Memorial Sloan Kettering or Staten Island Relief Project; or alternately, if you can put us in contact with any individual or company that may be able to donate supplies for the kits or offer additional resources.  If you would like to donate funds, supplies or offer additional resources please contact Leslie Bushara at 212-721-1223 ext. 250 or Callie Siegel at 212-721-1223 ext. 260.
 

Message from the Director

CMOM was thrilled to have reopened to the public in the wake of the hurricane on Thursday, November 1 to provide safe, nurturing and educational experiences for families. Shortly after on Monday, November 5, the Museum also resumed its citywide outreach programs to homeless shelters, hospitals, after school programs, Head Start centers and in public housing.

As are all New Yorkers, CMOM remains very concerned about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and its lasting effect on our region. Many New Yorkers have been displaced or are living in semi-permanent housing, and the work to rebuild and recover will be long term and require a sustained effort by all of us. CMOM in particular has a history of working in communities affected by disasters and is helping those in areas affected most severely across the city — namely Staten Island, The Rockaways and Lower Manhattan — regain a bit of normalcy in their lives.

In 2006, after Hurricane Katrina, CMOM created PlayHelps in New Orleans with support from the Toy Industry Foundation. PlayHelps was a recovery project to provide children affected by Katrina with a safe place to participate in everyday play and learning activities, and where they could also express their concerns, fears—and hopes for the future. PlayHelps was built on CMOM's previous experiences working with families after the 9/11 attacks and its years of working with children in the pediatric oncology ward at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. We know that the trauma of Hurricane Sandy may stay with children for some time and that providing comfort through the arts, play and writing helps to mitigate their long-term impact. CMOM is currently reaching out to its partners in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy to see how we can help.

Beyond the physical rebuilding of our city, we must also care for those children who need to be fortified emotionally. If you want to help either at CMOM or in these communities, or can direct us to resources and partners, email me directly at AAckerman@cmom.org. Together, we can make every effort to minimize the trauma of Hurricane Sandy.

Thank you for your support of CMOM and the families of New York.

Andrew Ackerman
 

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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.

Good Vibrations, 2:00pm

4 & younger

How are sounds made? How can you change sounds? Learn about the science behind sound waves as we make beautiful music together!
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, develop shape recognition, early math and motor.
 

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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