At Home Activities

At Home Activities

 

The Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium is dedicated to our mission to increase access to the cultural institutions of New York City. With many of our beloved institutions temporarily closed due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have created this webpage to link you to as many at-home learning resources and activities to City cultural institutions and beyond as possible. Click on logos and links below to explore! Check back often. More content connections are being added everyday!

Inclusion on the MAC At-Home Activities page does not imply an endorsement of any product or program.

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Cultural Institutions

 

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American Folk Art Museum

The American Folk Art Museum is devoted to the aesthetic appreciation and creative expressions of self-taught artists across time and place.

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American Museum of Natural History 

Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.

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Asia Society New York

Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context.

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BRIC

BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, our institution has shaped Brooklyn’s cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for our community, we ignite learning in people of all ages and centralize diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC is Building Brooklyn’s creative future.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment.

Magnolias are in bloom and be sure to follow along as the Cherry Collection blooms with Cherrywatch.

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Brooklyn Historical Society

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn’s extraordinary 400-year history.

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Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum strives to create inspiring encounters with art that expand the ways we see ourselves, the world and its possibilities.

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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Through its many performance, education, recording, and broadcast activities, the Chamber Music Society brings the exhilarating experience of great chamber music to more people than any other organization of its kind.

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Children’s Museum of the Arts

The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Arts is to introduce children and their families to the transformative power of the arts by providing opportunities to make art side-by-side with working artists.

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CO/LAB Theater Group

CO/LAB Theater Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing Creative Opportunities without Limits And Boundaries. CO/LAB offers individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts.

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Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design, and is the steward of one of the most diverse and comprehensive design collections in existence—more than 210,000 design objects spanning 30 centuries.

Epic Players

EPIC Players is a nonprofit, neuro-inclusive theatre company dedicated to creating professional performing arts opportunities and supportive social communities through the arts for person living with developmental disabilities.

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Flushing Town Hall

The mission of Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) is to present multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens, New York and New York City, New York, in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts.

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Guggenheim Museum

Committed to innovation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation collects, preserves, and interprets modern and contemporary art, and explores ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine.

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Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL), founded in 1972, is a multidisciplinary arts center based in the diverse community of Southeast Queens. It devoted its mission to offer quality visual, performing, and literary arts, and to provide accessible education programs to encourage participation in the arts.  

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Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s jazz education programs drive our organization’s efforts to advance the appreciation, understanding, and performance of jazz.

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The Jewish Museum

Located on New York City’s Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is a museum at the intersection of art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. Founded in 1904, the Museum was the first institution of its kind in the United States and one of the oldest Jewish museums in the world.

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Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is the home for queer art, artists, scholars, activists and allies, and a catalyst for discourse on art and queerness.

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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center’s new portal enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and center, with pop-up classrooms, livestream performances and archival footage to view from home.

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Mark Morris Dance Group

The mission of the Mark Morris Dance Group is to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Mark Morris and to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.

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#MetKids

#MetKids has been inspired, tested, and approved by real kids ages 7–12. We think that everyone can learn something from a kid-friendly explanation, and especially from the questions you are bold enough to ask.

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Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Together with our community, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan creates opportunities for people to connect, grow, and learn within an ever-changing Jewish landscape.

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The Morgan Library & Museum

A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. As early as 1890 Morgan had begun to assemble a collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden presents the period of the Mount Vernon Hotel which operated from 1826 until 1833. Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house for a 23-acre estate, and converted into the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1826, this stone building sits on land originally owned by Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of John Adams.

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Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York fosters understanding of the distinctive nature of urban life in the world’s most influential metropolis. It engages visitors by celebrating, documenting, and interpreting the city’s past, present, and future.

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Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media by presenting exhibitions, education programs, significant moving-image works, and interpretive programs, and collecting and preserving moving-image related artifacts.

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Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget. The Museum is committed to the crucial mission of educating diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust.

Museum of Modern Art

At The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, we celebrate creativity, openness, tolerance, and generosity. We aim to be inclusive places—both onsite and online—where diverse cultural, artistic, social, and political positions are welcome. We’re committed to sharing the most thought-provoking modern and contemporary art, and hope you will join us in exploring the art, ideas, and issues of our time.

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National Museum of the American Indian

A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.

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New Museum

New Art, New Ideas

New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum committed to better understanding and preservation of our natural world. Garden employees and volunteers are advocates for the plant kingdom and support our mission in diverse roles across our grounds and the world. Since 1891, this dedicated NYBG community has helped create one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world. Please explore the links below to learn more about career, internship, and volunteer opportunities at NYBG.

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New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet pursues two primary objectives: to preserve the ballets, dance aesthetic, and standards of excellence created and established by its founders; and to develop new work that draws on the creative talents of contemporary choreographers and composers, and speaks to the time in which it is made.

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New York City Children’s Theater

New York City Children’s Theater promotes children’s literacy and social development through professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs. We reach children and their communities with a wide range of programming, including full-scale productions, small touring shows, interactive workshops and in-school residencies, and engage with them in traditional theater spaces, school auditoriums, classrooms and cultural venues in their neighborhoods.

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NYC Parks

NYC Parks is the steward of more than 30,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens  and Greenstreets. We are New York City’s principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.

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New-York Historical Society

As the oldest museum in New York City—predating even the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by nearly seventy years—our Museum is home to some of the city’s and nation’s beloved artworks, including those by Thomas Cole, Rembrandt Peale, and Gilbert Stuart, as well as all 435 of John James Audubon’s extant preparatory watercolors for Birds of America.

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New York Philharmonic

Each season the Orchestra connects with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York and around the world; international broadcasts on television, radio, and online; recordings; and education programs.

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New York Transit Museum

The New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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The Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art is a dynamic environment that stimulates learning, promotes understanding, and inspires personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of Himalayan regions.

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Tenement Museum

The Tenement Museum fosters a society that embraces and values the role of immigration in the evolving American identity through guided tours; curriculum and programs for secondary and post-secondary educators; stories, primary sources and media shared on our website; and interactive online experiences such as Your Story, Our Story, podcasts and more.

Wave Hill

Since its founding as a public garden in 1965, Wave Hill has evolved as a unique urban oasis, world-class garden and vital resource. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

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Whitney Museum of American Art

As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art.

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Wildlife Conservation Society

Wildlife Conservation Society addresses conservation from all angles. We harness the power of our field programs and zoological parks in New York City to save wildlife in nearly 60 nations and across the world’s ocean.

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92 Street Y

92nd Street Y is a world-class cultural and community center where people all over the world connect through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation. For over 140 years, we have harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community to repair the world.

Cultural Resources & Support

 

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Arts & Minds

Arts & Minds is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving quality of life for all people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through engagement with art. We partner with museums to provide meaningful art-centered activities that create positive emotional and cognitive experiences, enhance verbal and non-verbal communication, reduce isolation and build community. Our programs empower people with dementia, family members, professional caregivers and educators to strengthen social, emotional and spiritual bonds by engaging with art.

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CaringKind connect2culture

Connect2culture® creates and promotes engaging non-clinical opportunities for people living with dementia together with their caregivers to stimulate conversation, memories, and connections through shared cultural experiences. These programs include garden walks in botanical gardens, dance workshops, music performances, and gallery talks.

Dance for PD

Dance for PD®, founded in 2001, offers specialized dance classes to people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and care partners in eight locations around New York City and through our network of affiliates in more than 300 communities in 25 countries around the world.

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Digital Public Library of America

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

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Google Arts and Culture

Explore collections from around the world with Google Arts & Culture, created by Google Cultural Institute.

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Paris Musées

Explore the collections of the great cultural institutions of Paris.

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National Theatre

At the National, we make world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring. And we make it for everyone. We aim to reach the widest possible audience, to be open, inclusive and diverse, and as national as possible. We stage a broad range of productions in London and tour extensively across the UK. Our international activity puts some of the nation’s leading artists on the world stage, with productions playing on Broadway and touring across the globe.

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NYC – The Official Guide

There are still plenty of ways to explore the five boroughs while socially distancing. We’ve rounded up online resources from museums, galleries, comedy clubs, theaters and other venues so that you can experience the best of New York City virtually.

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Smithsonian Learning Lab

Resources, training, and support to assist caregivers, teachers, and students as they face new learning challenges.

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The Learning Network

Teach and Learn With The Times: Resources for Bringing the World Into Your Classroom

Online-Teaching Resources and Streaming Opportunities

 

Many education institutions have shifted to teaching their courses online. Please use the following links to explore tips and best practices for online pedagogy.

 

 

Online Courses

Podcasts

 

 

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A Piece of Work

A Piece of Work, a podcast hosted by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, is everything you wanted to know about modern and contemporary art but were afraid to ask. A bicycle wheel attached to a stool; a giant canvas splattered with paint; dozens of soup cans…for many museum visitors, works like these prompt a ton of questions. In this 10-episode podcast, Abbi looks for answers in lively conversations with curators, artists, and some friends, including Hannibal Buress, Tavi Gevinson, RuPaul, and Questlove.

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Access Champions

Access Champions podcast is a sit down chat with Access Champions and Inclusion Warriors from around the world to find out: their origin story, their greatest battle, what their planning next, and so much more!

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Circle Round

Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR’s Circle Round is a podcast that adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

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How To Be American

How To Be American examines the history you ‘thought’ you knew and shares the stories of the immigrants, migrants, and refugees who’ve helped shape the story of America.

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New Yorker Poetry

Readings and conversation with The New Yorker’s poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.

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OUCH: Cabin Fever

Kate and Holly digest the latest instructions on how to keep safe against coronavirus – for them it means staying in isolation for longer than 12 weeks.

Poetry Foundation VS

Tara Betts is on a mission to be herself. The poet, editor, and professor comes through to talk about celebrating your people, her relationship with wearing the mask of respectability, the economic challenges of working as a poet, and much more. 

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Sesame Street

Download and subscribe to the Sesame Street video podcast featuring the furry and loveable Muppets of Sesame Street. Sing songs with Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster and Grover. Learn about friendship, patience and sharing with Bert and Ernie. Celebrate sunny days with all of your favorite Muppets with new episodes every Monday!

The Slowdown

Every weekday, Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.

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Story Pirates

The Story Pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors. We don’t steal gold, pillage villages, or claim land; We’re searching for a different kind of treasure: kids’ wildest, most imaginative stories.

Storytime Seedlings

Storytime Seedlings is an educational program to grow young readers. Episode are all on early literacy development for children from newborn to five years old. Storytime Seedlings is presented by children’s librarian for young children, parents, caregivers, daycare providers, librarians, and teachers. Our programs feature books, fingerplays, rhymes, stories and songs for a screen-free storytime experience, anytime.

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