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Beloved Community Creations: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Explore Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Beloved Community,” his global vision for our world based on justice, inclusivity, equal opportunity, and a love for others. Visit CMOM’s Inside Art exhibition to create art with purpose as we learn about one of four themes found in Dr. King's vision each week.
Honored in Portrait (Wednesday – Sunday, Jan 5 – 9)
A Beloved Community Honors Black leaders. Explore different artist paintings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the book I Have a Dream, listen to excerpts from Dr. King’s iconic speech, and express your vision of peace and respect in a painting of this influential leader.
Building a Beloved Community Mural (Wednesday – Monday, Jan 12 – 17)
A Beloved Community is where love grows beyond bounds. Help us build a collection of ideas and wishes for a beloved community. Write, draw, color, and collage onto a rainbow of sticky notes that will collect into a massive community mural all week long.
Healing Homes and Habitats (Wednesday – Sunday, Jan 19 – 23)
There are many ways our world needs healing. People need homes, fair treatment, and food, animals need safe spaces to thrive, and our forests need protecting. Explore the designs of architects like Paul Revere Williams, Norma Merrick Sklarek, David Adjaye, and others as you draw, design, and build a solution to an issue important to you.
Pledge for the Future: Comic Book Creations (Wednesday – Friday, Jan 26 – 28)
In a Beloved Community, we keep working when things get difficult. Imagine you had the power to meet any challenge our world may face. Find inspiration from the work of science fiction author Octavia Butler to create a comic book character that shares your vision and pledge for a better future.

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212 W. 83rd St.

Upper West Side, NY


  • Standard hours: Tuesday–Friday, Sunday, 10am–5pm; Saturday, 10am–7pm; Open Mondays, 10am-5pm in summer only

  • The Children's Museum of Manhattan inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs. Since opening in a neighborhood storefront in 1973, CMOM has grown into a 38,000-square-foot learning facility with outreach programs at nearly 50 sites throughout New York City. 

    CMOM focuses on four priority areas to impact children in ways that will last a lifetime:

    • Early childhood education prepares children for success in school.
    • Creativity in the arts and sciences inspires creative and analytical thinking skills for lifelong learning.
    • Healthy lifestyles programs provide a blueprint for a family's physical, emotional and environmental well-being.
    • Exploration of world cultures gives children awareness, understanding and context for the diverse society in which we all live.