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
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.
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.
Leveraging art and culture to counter dominant narratives and beliefs surrounding African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) families and families from low-income households.
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.
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.
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 GoldenDirector and Chief Curator
The Studio Museum in Harlem
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Since 1999, over a million families have been positively impacted by our work.