Black History Month Events at CMOM

By 2/03/2023 09:25:00 AM

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) is celebrating Black History Month with a month-long series of activities that salute and teach about the art, music, literature, dance fads, and fashions of the Harlem Renaissance.

Black History Month Events at CMOM

On Saturday, February 4, as part of the first week’s Harlem Renaissance: A Celebration of Black Brilliance programming, visitors will

  • Kick their heels up while learning how to dance the Charleston
  • Hit the high notes by crafting paper trumpets and learning about the music of jazz legend Louis Armstrong
  • Make a statement by designing their own iconic Jazz Age cloche hats
  • And find inspiration in the art of Aaron Douglas by painting personal watercolor masterpieces

Over the course of the month children will learn about several exemplary Black performers and artists through crafts projects, story times, and performance workshops, including Ella Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, Zelda Wynn Valdes, and Jacob Lawrence.

Each figure was chosen for their work that amplified pride in Black life and identity, shared the truths of inequality, and advanced ideas for the changing modern world.

The Harlem Renaissance activities, like all of CMOM’s programs, encourage young New Yorkers to learn about different cultures, value diversity and equity, and realize their potential to make an impact on their communities.

CMOM’s Black History Month programs will run from Tuesday, January 31 to Sunday, February 26.

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