This summer, I volunteered at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. CMA is “committed to celebrating the artist in every child and promoting access to the arts for all children regardless of ability or socioeconomic status because we believe the arts are critical to child and youth development and to strong and vibrant communities” (CMA Mission Statement).
I assisted with two classes. The first was “Animating Outer Space and Beyond,” on Governors Island where kids learned to use iStopMotion and a variety of animating skills to create scenes of outer space. They would then have the chance to create their own films using the techniques they learned. Each morning we took the ferry from lower Manhattan to Governors Island. The classes where held in what used to be U.S. Naval Officer housing now outfitted with filming stations, and a screening room. The second week I assisted with “Claymation” at CMA’s main location in SoHo. Here I assisted teachers and helped kids with clay and other materials to create their films.
My time volunteering never seemed like work because I was doing something I really enjoyed. It was great helping teach younger kids how to express themselves through new forms of art.