Children's Art Museum Molds Creative Minds
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A new space in Manhattan is encouraging kids to mold and shape their own art.
The Children's Museum of the Arts, which has been around for 23 years, is located in a former loading dock on Charlton Street between Hudson and Greenwich Streets -- three times the size of its former location in SoHo.
"It started as a small grassroots community organization by an artist named Kathleen Schneider and the demand for our programs has grown so much and we've built such a loyal fan base that we really needed a bigger facility to accommodate the demand," said CMANY Board President Elizabeth Pepperman
"We look at all young people who come to the museum as young artists, not as kids," said CMANY Executive Director Dave Kaplan.
The opening exhibit in the new gallery is called "Make Art In Public" and features the work of artists such as Keith Haring.
There's also a giant "washing well", "ball pond" and "clay bar", plus plenty of places for kids to learn about art.
"A lot of other museums, 'Don't touch this, don't touch that.' But this one you can like make things it's a lot more fun," said one young visitor.
"I love it so much it's a lot better than the other one," said another.
The museum opens to the public on Saturday.
Admission is $10, though infants up to one-years-old and seniors get in for free.
For more information, visit cmany.org.