CMOM Philosophy

CMOM Philosophy

For more than thirty years CMOM has been a destination and resource where families of all backgrounds come to learn, play and grow together. At CMOM, we take pride in our mission to prepare children to succeed in school, help families live healthy lives, and nurture a new generation of creative and global citizens. Each year, we touch the lives of more than 350,000 families—through groundbreaking exhibits, innovative programs and first class performances. We bring the joy of creativity and discovery to each child who walks through our doors on West 83rd Street, as well as thousands served beyond the walls of the Museum. Working with a network of more than 50 organizations across the City, CMOM removes barriers that keep children from accessing the rich educational resources a museum can offer. CMOM is more than a museum—we provide a continuum of experiences that give all children the intellectual, emotional, physical and social skills they need to thrive.

CMOM’s exhibits and programs focus on four priority areas to impact children in ways that will last a lifetime:

Early Childhood

CMOM believes that children learn best when provided with nurturing, creative environments that support play, imagination, curiosity and discovery. Our comprehensive early childhood curriculum engages all facets of your child's life by bringing together the arts, language, science, math and the humanities.

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Healthy Lifestyles

CMOM’s innovative approaches have helped families incorporate healthy living, cooking and physical fitness into healthy lives. Now, as the incidence of childhood obesity reaches epidemic levels, health experts and key local leaders have asked us to help lead the fight against childhood obesity.

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Creativity

CMOM hosts renowned artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and authors in our workshops, performances and exhibits. Through creativity, we encourage children and families to express their opinions, understand the views of others and build critical problem-solving skills for life-long learning.

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World Cultures

Our humanities-based exhibitions and programs promote intercultural understanding. To ensure accuracy, we present cultural traditions, customs and common beliefs based on research and collaboration with prominent scholars, educators and experts.

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Save the Date!
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 - 2pm
Use historic sheet music as your canvas and discover how your mood is affected by musical elements such as key, melody, harmony and tempo.

Duke Ellington: Big Band Instrument Making, 10:30am

All ages

Many of the famous pieces of jazz we know today were written by Edward “Duke” Ellington for his Big Band, and for the specific talents of his musicians. Build your own musical instruments just like the ones you hear in Duke Ellington’s music.
 

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.
 

Chanukkah: Menorah Banner, 12:00pm

All ages

12pm - 2pm
Design your own chanukkiyah banner to celebrate the Chanukkah season.
 

CMOM’s Christmas Tree Ornaments, 12:00pm

All ages

12pm - 2pm
Design ornaments inspired by Christmas traditions from around the world!  Display your finished ornament on the evolving CMOM Christmas tree located in our main entrance. 
 

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: Michela Marino Lerman , 3:00pm

All ages

Michela Marino Lerman is a star within the tap dancing community. Michela runs a weekly tap jam in New York City at the great Smalls Jazz Club and monthly sessions at Fat Cat.
Ticketed

Parachute Play, 3:30pm

4 & younger

Blue and green, yellow and red. What colors can you find over head?
 

All Jazzed Up Performance Series: Michela Marino Lerman , 4:00pm

All ages

Michela Marino Lerman is a star within the tap dancing community. Michela runs a weekly tap jam in New York City at the great Smalls Jazz Club and monthly sessions at Fat Cat.
Ticketed

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
 

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