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

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – Repeat the Beat: Tap Your Feet, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson is thought to be the most famous tap dancer of the 20th century.  His style transitioned from a soft and flat-footed shuffling motion to a delicate and precise art; making him celebrated for his light and exacting footwork. Design your own tap shoes to create rhythms with our feet! 

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.

EatPlayGrow™: Fabulous Fruits, 10:00am

4 & younger

Create a healthy fruit basket to explore texture, shapes, size, and colors. Pictures of fruit will be available to help introduce new fruits and build vocabulary.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary; develop color recognition, sensory awareness and creative expression.
 

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.

All Jazzed Up Performance: Tap Specialist - Omar Edwards, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm
Born in Brooklyn, Omar Edwards is a gifted dancer, entertainer and musician. He won 13 times - including the grand prize - on the famed T.V. show Star Search. He starred as the Sandman on the legendary T.V. show, Showtime at the Apollo for seven years, featured in the musical movie Camp and was also a featured guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. He also performed with Savion Glover live at the White House.
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.

Leaping Lily Pads!, 11:30am

4 & younger

Count to 20 with our lily pads! Pretend to be a frog as you leap from pad to pad!
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, build s[a awareness, develop gross motor skills and explore creative expression.
 

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)

EatPlayGrow™: Fabulous Fruits, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Create a healthy fruit basket to explore texture, shapes, size, and colors. Pictures of fruit will be available to help introduce new fruits and build vocabulary.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary; develop color recognition, sensory awareness and 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.
 

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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