In Curators for Families, Cool Culture invites neighborhood-based cohorts of families and educators collaborate and curate their own experiences with art, culture, social impact and civic engagement. The families and educators co-design community activities that center health and wellbeing. Over several months, caretakers, children, and educators use the framework #WeAreAllCurators to evolve how they each hold power in curating art in their homes, schools and communities. The groups then host art-marking and art viewing sessions called Family Day every month.
Curators for Educators, part of our CityWide Cultural Access Program, ignites educators’ approaches to providing families with culturally affirming introductions to the City’s often-intimidating network of cultural institutions and helping them to embrace artistic practice as a means to strengthen learning, healing, families and communities.
Participating educators attend our professional development workshops throughout the school year. Seminars are designed for educators new to Cool Culture to help them develop strategies for encouraging Family Pass usage and to introduce them to We Are All Curators, our framework for putting into practice the notion that art belongs to all of us. Each session is a collaboration with a museum partner. Dialogues are a deeper dive into issues related to our Health + Wellbeing Initiative, such as self-care and wellbeing as a human right. The sessions uncover ways to unite art and storytelling in classrooms, and cross-share practices for partnering with families.