Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Grant Type: Program/Project
Duration: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Founded in a basement storefront in response to cuts in arts and cultural programs in New York City public schools, for nearly 45 years, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) has helped children develop into healthy, well-rounded, engaged global citizens. In addition, CMOM gives parents resources to advocate for their children, with a specific focus on early childhood education, health, creativity and world cultures.
“America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far (AtoZ)” has been a featured exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan since 2016. The colorful and interactive exhibit is emblematic of CMOM’s commitment to cultural programming that urges children and families to think critically about what they see in the media and encounter in their communities. The exhibit, which includes a special section on Muslim communities in the United States as well as a user-guided 3D digital exploration of mosques from Maldives to China, is scheduled in 2018 to travel to Chattanooga, Louisville, Philadelphia, and Chicago, so it can bring this experience to thousands of new families.
A grant from Pillars would support the safe and efficient crating, transporting, and retrofitting of the massive exhibit, which includes an expansive courtyard, multilevel dhow (boat), and artifacts and objects representing more than 50 countries with significant Muslim populations. Pillars support would also go toward the design of a program manual that includes lesson plans, workshop and guest performance ideas, curatorial essays, and guidelines for a survey tracking the exhibition’s impact on American audiences.
Year founded: 1973
Location: New York, NY