Throughout the year, the Morris-Jumel Mansion (MJM) offers free arts workshops for children during off-school times such as weekends and school vacations. These programs offer students and their families fun and creative ways to learn about American history through involvement in the performing arts, fine arts or crafts. Participants work with MJM staff members to complete art projects which connect to the Mansion’s history and mission. Adult Learning Partners are required for all Family Workshops. Examples of past workshops are:
Decoupage Treasure Boxes
Colonial Christmas Decorations
FREE Family Programs
During the course of the year MJM presents large scale, FREE, drop in events for Families. This past year we celebrated The Battle of Harlem Heights & George Washington’s Birthday with free tours, performances, and art projects. In addition the museum always hosts an end of the school year Family Day complete with games, contests, performances, raffles and crafts.
These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Medical Center Neighborhood Fund and the Colgate-Palmolive Company.
Paid Family Programs
Throughout the year the museum also presents a variety of paid Family programming. Themes in the past have included Colonial & Victorian Tea Parties, Chocolate Day and A Revolutionary Life. All these events relate to life as a child in either the Colonial, Revolutionary War or Nineteenth Century time periods.
Family Literacy Workshops
Families are also invited to join the “Together Families Read” series co-hosted by the New York Council for the Humanities. This program invites students and their parents to participate in a six week long reading and discussion series. Books are provided, as are light refreshments for this FREE program. This program is usually offered in the Fall.