The Citywide Cultural Access Program lets your program join a community of over 450 early childhood centers and schools in the five boroughs, committed to supporting family engagement and wellbeing through the arts.

Cool Culture has fought to ensure cultural equity and access for almost 20 years. Whether this is your first year or your school is a returning member, we welcome you into our community of educators.

For Early Childhood Centers

Enrollment is open from
June 7 to July 30, 2021

For DOE Title I and Charter Schools

Enrollment is open from
June 7 to September 30, 2021

“Cool Culture increased my understanding of how I can introduce curating and art exhibitions at my school.”
—Maryam, Parent Coordinator, Queens

Cool Culture for Families

The 2020-2021 Cool Culture FAMILY PASS is valid TODAY through October 31st, 2021.


Creating access and Opportunity through art

Over the past 18 years, we have collaborated with families, schools, and museums to ensure equitable

access to cultural resources, to harness art and culture as tools for creative expression,

and to educate, create awareness, strengthen communities, and propel social change.

Racial Breakdown of Cool Culture Families

Languages Spoken by Cool Culture Families

Where Cool Culture Families Live


Reported earning a household income of less than $35,000.


At the core of Cool Culture's work is the use of art and culture as a vehicle for transformation that engages our emotional, intellectual and political imaginations. Cool Culture believes that art is a human right, a powerful means of self-expression, and a bridge that allows us to transcend boundaries between and across cultures to build community and to increase our capacity for dialogue and understanding.

  • Citywide Cultural Access Program

    Provides 50,000 families in 450 Early Childhood Centers and Title 1 Department of Education schools with a Cool Culture Family Pass that offers families a year of unlimited, free admission for up to five people to our 90 New York City cultural institution partners.

  • We Are All Curators

    Uses art, storytelling, and curation to bring together people and families from all walks of life — children, adult caregivers, educators, museum staff and community members — to tell stories through art, counter dominant narratives, build community and a shared community identity as well as advocate for cultural equity and access.

  • Intensive Community Collaborations Program

    Brings art to communities including Harlem, Chinatown, Corona, Queens and Bedford Stuyvesant/Crown Heights in Brooklyn, building relationships between families, educators, and museum professionals who work together to develop tailored programming for children and families.

  • Laboratory for New Audiences Program

    Creates and implements a series of seminars that guide the next generation of museum professionals in developing participatory programming. Participants also build skills in soliciting feedback from historically marginalized families about their exhibitions and programming, and in advocating for change in their institutions.
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Three Words that Describe
Cool Culture

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem describes Cool Culture as enriching, radical, and purposeful. Watch this brief video to to learn why.

Thelma Golden

Director and Chief Curator

The Studio Museum in Harlem


Since 1999, over a million families have been positively impacted by our work.



The Exhibit

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