The Russell Berrie Foundation Pledges $100,000 to Children's Museum of the Arts, Names Classroom

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The Russell Berrie Foundation Makes A Generous Gift to the Children's Museum of the Arts' Capital Campaign

The Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) and The Russell Berrie Foundation announce a pledge of $100,000 by the Foundation to CMA in support of CMA’s capital campaign, Make Room for Art. The Foundation will name one of CMA’s Art Labs, classrooms that are used to provide arts education to public school students and afford room for CMA’s many community programs.

Russell Berrie, the foundation’s founder, believed strongly in the value of community and the role of the arts in children’s education. The Foundation has provided support for the Bergen Performing Arts Center, Children's Museum of Manhattan, The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing Arts at Ramapo College and many other organizations.

"CMA is a great example of how visionary leadership, excellence and passion for children’s education and the arts come together to create an institution that will transform the local and wider tri-state community." said Scott Berrie, Trustee, Russell Berrie Foundation. "We’re happy to support Make Room for Art and this fine organization."

CMA opened its new facility at 103 Charlton Street on October 1, 2011. The new space, triple the size of CMA’s former location, has served over 110,000 people in its first year open, doubling the number served in the previous year. In addition to hosting large-scale exhibitions and arts programming on site, CMA brings it authentic arts programming into 30 public schools, hospitals, community centers, and homeless shelters annually. CMA also hosted 120 school group visits to the museum this past academic year.

The Russell Berrie Foundation Art Lab will become home to many of CMA’s free community programs like Stripes, an arts program for children on the autism spectrum, and the Inclusive Weekend Classes, which provide arts programming for physically challenged children and their able-bodied siblings, under the guidance of a licensed occupational therapist. CMA’s capital campaign, Make Room for Art, is raising $6.8 million to fund the expansion project. The Russell Berrie Foundation pledge brings CMA’s campaign to 86% complete.

For more information on CMA’s capital campaign, Make Room for Art, visit

About the Children's Museum of the Arts
Founded in Lower Manhattan in 1988, the Children’s Museum of the Arts provides authentic hands-on art experiences for children with practicing artists, both in our art-filled museum and in the community. CMA’s mission is to extend the benefits of the arts to all children and their communities and to secure the future of the arts by inspiring and championing the next generation of artists and art lovers.

CMA works to fulfill its mission through four distinct initiatives: On-Site Public Programming that includes interactive art stations and artist-led workshops, early-childhood arts workshops, after-school classes, intensive art camps and special family programs; School & Community Outreach Programs throughout New York City; Art Exhibitions; and a Permanent Collection of 2,000 pieces of children’s art from around the world. More information is available at

The museum is open to the public: Monday and Wednesday, 12PM to 5PM; Thursday and Friday 12 PM. to 6PM; Saturday and Sunday, 10AM to 5PM. Closed Tuesday. Admission: Adults $10; Children $10; Seniors, Infants (0-12 mos) Free. Thursdays 4-6PM, pay-as-you-wish.

Children’s Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 274-0986


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