About the Cultural Access Program

What Does My Early Childhood Program Receive?

Free General Admission to Museums via the Cool Culture Family Pass.

A Seminar Series for new Cultural Liaisons (four sessions, each 2 hours) will:

A Dialogue Series catering to Cultural Liaisons familiar to Cool Culture

Cool Pops & Virtual Tours

Bring the Cool

Days of Action

Family Guide

Enhanced Resources

What Is the Role of My Program?

All of our participating centers will have access to an array of creative and helpful seminars, symposiums and dialogues that will guide administrators and educators to:

What is a Cultural Liaison, and how do I select them?

Cultural Liaisons (Liaisons) play an integral role in the success of this program at your center. Your early-childhood center should empower a staff member that has a good relationship and love for your community of children and adult caregivers. This person should also enjoy the arts and cultural experiences and want to support your centers’ families’ increased engagement in art enriching experiences.

Your Liaison will need to have email access, know their way around a computer, be prepared to engage heavily through email and have administrative skills to keep the site’s program organized. This leadership role calls for someone who will enjoy leading family artmaking workshops and will be a voice for the community, sharing their needs and concerns.


Cool Culture is aligned with National, State and Local Learning Standards

  • The Citywide Cultural Access Program is aligned with DOE Early Learn requirements for community partnerships and family engagement, NYS Pre-K Foundation for the Common Core in social/emotional development, approaches to learning, and literacy, and Blueprint for the Arts.


To be eligible, your program should offer one of the following:

Additionally, at least: 

This year we will announce acceptance decisions on a rolling basis. If we are able to partner with you, we will send acceptance materials and additional program information at that time.

Enrollment Pricing

Program Capacity

2021–2022 Fee

1–74 Children


75–124 Children


125–224 Children


225–324 Children


325–375 Children


375+ Children


Program Timeline


June 7

Enrollment opens

July 30

Enrollment closes

Rolling basis

Enrollment decisions announced

September 27

1st Family Pass Registration round opens

September 29

1st Family Pass Registration round closes and
2nd Registration round opens

Early December

1st Family Pass Registration round passes are mailed

December 3

2nd Family Pass Registration round closes
3rd Registration round opens


February 11

3rd Family Pass Registration round closes, 4th Registration round opens

Early March

Family Passes mailed

March 4

4th Family Pass Registration round closes

Early April

Family Passes mailed 

How to Enroll



The Exhibit

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Monthly email for families featuring free events and local activities to enrich and empower your child.