Nearly 300 new and returning educators from Cool Culture’s enrolled schools and centers joined our virtual CityWide Cultural Access Program orientations. Program team members reviewed the Family Pass registration process, discussed how the pass could be used, and facilitated conversation on connecting families with each other to build community, and shared resources with educators to encourage family engagement with art and culture in the classroom and during museum visits. Principals, center directors, cultural liaisons, and other educators exchanged ideas to get families registered and build excitement about the program at their schools and centers. Several participants expressed enthusiasm about returning to in-person events and the social opportunities for families.
“Our entire team is excited to reconnect with educators and families after the challenges of the past year” shared Fatima Shabbir, Director of CityWide Initiative. “As a former Cool Culture parent myself, I know how life-changing the Family Pass program is and how important it is to have equitable access to cultural spaces across NYC. My family and I could not have experienced all of the benefits of the program with the support and encouragement of our center leadership and Cultural Liaison. They were alway making spaces with our families to engage in creativity, rest, and imagination through the arts.”
As Family Pass registration continues through February and Family Festivals return in the spring, Cultural Liaisons are key to sharing program updates with families. Our team thanked the educators for partnering with us to encourage families’ exploration of arts and culture. With 26,000 families already registered, we’re looking forward to an amazing program year!