Citywide Cultural Access Program

Cultivating Young Champions of Art & Culture



Enrollment is now CLOSED.


Enrollment will reopen in June 2019. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for enrollment reminders, please click here.


Cool Culture's Citywide Cultural Access Program partners with schools to provide families with free admission to 90 world-renowned museums, gardens, and zoos throughout NYC! We produce family events and educational materials, in various languages, offering ideas for fun and educational museum visits and cultural experiences.

We also offer 4 professional development workshops to support school staff throughout the year at various cultural institutions focused on family engagement through the arts, including museum gallery explorations and interactive art activities!

In alignment with the NYS Common Core State Standards and the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, family visits to cultural institutions provide real-world opportunities for children to:

  • Build cultural appreciation and awareness
  • Develop curiosity and new vocabulary*
  • Express their thoughts, feelings and ideas*
  • Ask and answer questions*
  • Make observations, gather evidence, and listen to others' perspectives.*+
  • Access cultural resources that expand their horizons and build content knowledge.+

+Common Core Learning Standard

*+ Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Art


Hear what parents and educators have to say about Cool Culture!



Your school is eligible to be a Cool Culture partner if it:

  • is a NYC elementary or charter school or a UPK program serving students in 3K For All, Pre-K, and/or Kindergarten
  • receives Title I funding and/or serves at least 60% of 3K/Pre-K/K students from low-income backgrounds (based off of free/reduced price lunch % or other DOE indicators).
  • can fully commit to partnering with Cool Culture for approximately 12 months. Please review the Partnership Agreement form for details.

 If you are an early childhood center, click here for program information.


 1. A cultural access program for 3K, Universal Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten families, where each family receives:

  • A personalized Cool Culture Family Pass, which entitles them to FREE unlimited, general admission to 90 museums, gardens, and zoos during out-of-school time (not for field trips)
  • A Cool Culture Family Guide to help families make the best use out of their Family Pass
  • Access to our e-mailed newsletter and social media communications that highlight fun and free cultural events and tips for families with young children

 2. A 4-part professional development series for the Cultural Liaison, a school staff member designated to work with families to implement the program. Each workshop:

  • Provides training on how to use art to support their school’s family engagement and community building practices
  • Explores the importance of art and culture in building children’s socio-emotional development
  • Connects participants with museum educators from NYC’s world-renowned museums and more!



"Cool Culture’s Professional Development [workshops] have enhanced and expanded my engagement with the children and families in my school. [The workshops] provided me with the tools to encourage, guide and support the families to become active participants in the city’s varied cultural institutions."

Anthony, Parent Coordinator at PS 66


For more information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.