Family Outing: CMA's Art Island Outpost on Governors Island


The Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA) hosts its Art Island Outpost on Governors Island throughout the month of September, with circus-themed activities for kids and families.


little girl painting outside; young girl doing art outsideThroughout the month, the Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA) will host a series of free family art workshops at its Art Island Outpost on Governors Island. CMA teaching artists will lead outdoor workshops in painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation, and much more every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in September. Each weekend has a different activity within the monthly theme, with new projects for the whole family. All weekend activities include an art project that participants can take home, as well as large-scale collaborative projects and organized music time and performances.


September's theme is "Circus." Workshops are scheduled as follows:

  • September 3-5: Circus Tent and Collaborative Canvas Making. Make a circus tent out of recycled materials, and throw paint balloons at canvas.
  • September 10-12: Wire Sculptures. Get inspired by Alexander Calder and create your own animal wire sculpture.
  • September 17-19: Costume and Mask Making. Create your favorite circus character.
  • September 24-26 (closing weekend): Circus Mayhem Party. Help CMA create its own circus with face painting, dancing, music making, and more.


CMA's Art Island Outpost on Governors Island


If you're on the island September 12, head to Building 20 in Nolan Park, where CMA will host an exhibit opening for "Beyond the Refrigerator Door." Now in its 7th year, this exhibit is the culmination of work created by student artists in the more than 40 total Summer Art Colony classes held at CMA and on Governors Island. In addition to the students' collaborative work, this show also features original work by CMA Teaching Artists. The event, which will be held 11am-3pm, will also feature film screenings and free art workshops.


Art Island Info

What: CMA's Art Island Outpost Family Art Workshops

Where: Governors Island (take the ferry from 10 South Street)

When: Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in September; 11am-3pm

How much: FREE

For more information: 212-274-0986 or