Cool Culture

Our Work

Cool Culture centers families in our work and co-designs programs with our community members

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Citywide Cultural Access Program

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Neighborhood Based Action Projects

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Laboratory for the New Audiences Program

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We are All Curators
Program

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Citywide Cultural Access Program

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Intensive Community Collaborations Program

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Laboratory for the New Audiences Program

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We are All Curators Program

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.

As a learning organization, we use an iterative model to create a framework for collaboration, resources, platforms and tools that are responsive to the needs of families and communities, positioning them as drivers of change. Outcomes and learnings are shared with our institutional partners through a series of trainings for professionals. Over the past two decades, we have collaborated with families, schools and museums to redistribute cultural resources, increase cultural participation, build community and address cultural equity.

Locating families at the center of our work, we form strategic partnerships with schools, cultural institutions, artists, community leaders, government agencies, and community-based organizations.

As a learning organization, we use an iterative model to create a framework for collaboration, resources, platforms and tools that are responsive to the needs of families and communities, positioning them as drivers of change. Outcomes and learnings are shared with our institutional partners through a series of trainings for professionals. Over the past 18 years, we have collaborated with families, schools and museums to redistribute cultural resources, increase cultural participation, build community and address cultural equity. Cool Culture’s many program models are outlined below.

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Citywide Cultural Access Program

The 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.

Cool Culture offers Professional Development workshops to our educators and resources focused on family involvement through the arts. We also produce family events and multilingual educational materials. Our co-created events draw as many as 2,600 parents and children to a single museum event, and annually, parents and children make 185,000 visits to partner cultural institutions at no cost.

Your Family Pass

Removing barriers for 50,000 families with children in pre-K to first grade to get free access to 90+ museums & cultural institutions.

Bring the Cool! Pop-Ups

Connecting museums & communities. Year-round family events co-designed with museum staff and educators help bring new audiences into cultural institutions, and build and strengthen new networks.

Family Pass & Visitation

Our diverse corps of educators from 450+ schools and early childhood centers ignite family interest in and prepare them for museum visits.

ArtVenture

Providing multilingual print and digital resources to showcase activities within our network and offer strategies for dynamic cultural engagement.

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Neighborhood-based Action Projects

Brings art to neighborhood-based communities including Harlem, Chinatown, Corona, Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, building relationships between families, educators, and museum professionals who work together to develop tailored programming for children and families. Key to the success of the Intensive program is the Family Leaders component, which leverages adult caregivers’ leadership capacity. Family Leaders, as graduates of a multi-path training series, provide peer-to-peer outreach and support throughout the duration of the program.

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Laboratory for New Audiences Program

Creates and implements a series of seminars that guide the next generation of museum professionals to develop participatory programming. Participants also build skills to solicit feedback from historically marginalized families about their exhibitions and programming, and to advocate for change in their institutions.

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We Are All Curators

Partnerships with museum partners to ideate and co-create spaces where our families and educators develop agency in exploring objects in their home, classroom, and community and reassess what is considered and valued as art.

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We Are All Curators

Partnerships with museum partners to ideate and co-create spaces where our families and educators develop agency in exploring objects in their home, classroom, and community and reassess what is considered and valued as art.

Museum Mile Festival: Bring The Cool

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

6pm – 9pm

At Bring the Cool, caregivers, families and children are encouraged to see themselves as the artists, storytellers, creators and curators that they are.