Cool Culture

Resources & Activities

Take a look at our educator resources for ways to create, heal, and share cultural traditions among families through immersive experiences and art-making.

Abayomi Doll
Making

The Abayomi doll originates from the Yoruba culture in West Africa. During the transatlantic slave trade, African mothers would sometimes take pieces of cloth from their skirts and make these dolls to remember their children and to generate hope. The dolls became symbols of resistance. People throughout the African diaspora continue this dollmaking tradition to affirm cultural connections to the past and embody this resilience spirit for future generations.


How to Make an Abayomi Doll: 

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The Healing Benefits of Sound

Wellness ceremonies and rituals that tap into the healing power of sound can be found in many cultures. Self-care and collective wellbeing can begin with an awareness of the sounds in our homes. What are we listening to? What sounds spark joy? What do we want to include in our daily soundtrack? How can we bring these sounds in our homes and in shared spaces that will promote wellness?

 

How to Make a Wind Chime: 

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Access Our Family Guide in Your Language

Access Our Family Guide in Your Language

Download the 2023 Family Guide in English, Spanish or Chinese for a list of cultural spaces to visit, a map to help you get there, and tips to enhance your family’s adventures.

Inspiring Mental Wellbeing: Toolkit Resources

Inspiring Mental Wellbeing: Toolkit Resources

Download our Mental Wellbeing Toolkit to help facilitate family discussions about caring for mental health with art-making and cultural practices.

Inspiring Physical Wellbeing: Toolkit Resources

Inspiring Physical Wellbeing: Toolkit Resources

“All bodies deserve love!” Download our Physical Wellbeing Toolkit to use storytelling to inspire wellbeing and art-making.

Inspiring Civic Wellbeing: Toolkit Resources

Inspiring Civic Wellbeing: Toolkit Resources

Download our Civic Wellbeing Toolkit for resources and art-making that encourage the use of our collective power to call for change.

Inspiring Spiritual Wellbeing: Toolkit Resources

Inspiring Spiritual Wellbeing: Toolkit Resources

How can we take care of our spirits through art and culture? Download our Spiritual Wellbeing Toolkit for inspiration and family activities!

Cultural Partners Visitation Portal

Cultural Partners Visitation Portal

The Cultural Partners Visitation Portal puts information about museum reopenings and updated safety policies at your fingertips.

Health + Wellbeing Toolkits

Health + Wellbeing Toolkits

Our Health + Wellbeing Toolkits are designed to support discussions about individual, family and community health and wellness.

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.