Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) and AT&T have announced an original line-up of family arts programming for this year’s DUMBO Arts Festival, September 28 – 30, 2012.
Some 25,000 children attended the three-day festival in 2011, which saw over 500 artists, 100 studios and 50 galleries participate. Noticing a growing demand for creative programming geared towards kids, organizers have elected to expand aspects of the festival into a more family-friendly format.
“We’re extremely excited to bring our signature family programming across the East River to Brooklyn this fall,” said Dave Kaplan, Executive Director, CMA. “The festival’s spectacular line-up is sure to inspire, and CMA is especially thrilled to present workshops and experiences that engage young festival goers and help them harness their creativity.”
In addition to the numerous interactive art experiences, exhibitions and craft events, organizers have announced a special component of the festival that will focus on DUMBO’s waterfront. These activities will surround family hotspots such as Jane’s Carousel and Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Soho’s MoMA Design Store has upgraded its 81 Spring Street outpost with added offerings for children. The re-designed, lower level space has expanded its assortment of curiosities, books, home products and objets d’art by about 30 percent, MoMA reports. The store opened in conjunction with the museum’s new exhibit, Century of the Child, which opened July 29th. Several items in the exhibit have been made available online and in the stores.
“Our goal is to create an area where families can enjoy an expanded offering of books, toys and games designed to ignite imaginations and expose young minds to modern and contemporary art,” said Kathy Thornton-Bias, President of the MoMA Retail Division.
Save the Date
On Wed., June 20, Art in Motion and Life Preservers Inc. will present a special Art Day Celebration at 1Oak in support of children’s art programming in Haiti. The evening will feature art exhibits and a fashion show coordinated by Runway Haiti at 8p.m., followed by a live performance by Grammy-nominated Universal Records artist Shontelle at 9:30.
Art Day Celebration believes that youth are the number one resource for shaping the future of Haiti and aims to empower orphaned children to find and express their individual voices through the medium of art.