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Explore New York City’s museums and attractions with Culture Pass. If you have a library card, you can get free admission to dozens of cultural institutions. Save money and discover more about your city.

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Virtual Community Programming

This summer, while most of the city's arts and cultural sites remain closed to the public, Culture Pass is bringing the city's museums and theaters to you through our Virtual Community Programming series! Between now and August 31st, enjoy an art-making activity with the whole family; go on a digital tour of a museum you've always been meaning to visit; and much, much more!

All events listed here are free and open to the public. Register in advance, and you'll get a direct link as well as a reminder the day of the event. It's as easy as signing in, kicking back, and enjoying. As more events are scheduled they will be added here.

Culture Pass is made possible through generous funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Charles H. Revson Foundation, and The New York Community Trust. This summer's Virtual Community Programming series is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


Un taller de arte con el Whitney: Monumentos para Trabajadores Esenciales

August 3 at 3 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Whitney Museum of American Art
Inspirado por la escultura Ángel: El lustrabotas de Pepón Osorio, este taller invita a los participantes a usar cualquier material que tienen disponible para crear un monumento que celebra a los trabajadores esenciales. La intención de este monumento, que puede tomar la forma de un afiche o una escultura, es que se pueda mostrar por la ventana así se comparte con los demás.
In Spanish. Ages: 9 and Up. Runtime: 45 minutes.


DrawNow! DibujoAhora!

August 3 at 5 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by The Drawing Center
Guided by teaching artist Ada Pilar Cruz —presented in Spanish and English—participants will explore drawing as witnessing. We will look at a selection of drawings gathered from all over the globe, produced over a roughly two-hundred-year period to share the many vital functions drawing can serve for those experiencing a loss of freedom. Participants will engage with the personal and cultural histories of the drawings in The Pencil Is a Key: Drawings By Incarcerated Artists from the fall 2019 exhibition at The Drawing Center.

Explora cómo el dibujo opera en el mundo de hoy con la exhibición El lápiz es una llave: dibujos de artistas encarcelados. Personas de todas las edades son bienvenidas. Únanse a nosotros para conversar, ser testigos, dibujar y escribir. El punto de partida, El lápiz es una llave, muestra la poderosa persistencia de la creatividad del ser humano en medio de condiciones inhumanas. La exhibición es un testimonio elocuente de la necesidad del arte —del dibujo— en nuestras vidas. Los dibujos en El lápiz es una llave, creados en circunstancias extremas, son armas en la lucha por la justicia, testimonios desgarradores sobre circunstancias terribles, depósitos de la memoria, portales a un futuro mejor. Ada Pilar Cruz, educadora y artista bilingüe y miembro del Taller de Grabado Rafael Tufiño, será nuestra guía.
In Spanish and English. Ages: Teens and Up. Runtime: 45 minutes.


对话艺术家尉洪磊 Artist Talk by Yu Honglei

August 4 at 10 a.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Swiss Institute

Beijing-based artist Yu Honglei will discuss the flattening effects of technology used to maintain communication in the time of COVID-19. A Q+A will follow.
In MandarinAges: Adults. Runtime: 60 minutes.


Objects Tell Stories

August 4 at 5 p.m. - (Registration Opens Soon)
Presented by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
A highly participatory program that enables us to share objects we hold dear while connecting us to one another. Objects hold our history, connect us to culture, and stir our emotions. As we spend more time in our homes let’s take a look at some of the objects we value, explore their secrets, their stories, and how they can connect us to others.
Ages: Teens and Up. Runtime: 60 minutes.


West African Adventures

August 5 at 11 a.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Cumbe: Center for African Diaspora Dance
Take a journey with us through West African culture as we explore the vivacious rhythms, high energy movement, and jewels of knowledge from Nigeria, Guinea, Burkina Faso and more! From viewing the map of Africa, learning oral and movement traditions and creating a joyful community, participants will receive a fun, energetic experience for the whole family. This workshop includes an engaging body awareness warm-up, enriching vocabulary, movement exploration, and a jam session.
Ages: Families with children age 3-6. Runtime: 45 minutes.


Cartoon Illustration

August 6 at 4 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
A class for participants interested in creating their own cartoon illustrations. Everyone will learn drawing techniques that will allow them to create original superheroes, manga characters, and humorous cartoons. Learn communication techniques for comics and cartooning (lettering, speech bubbles, backgrounds, lay-out and graphics, etc) and storytelling through sequential art-creating a comic strip.
Ages: Teens. Runtime: 60 minutes.


Diseño de Juegos Infantiles (Playground Design)

August 7 at 11 a.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Noguchi Museum
Explora los parques infantiles que Isamu Noguchi creó en todo el mundo. Luego, colabora con tu familia y diseña tu propio patio de recreo tridimensional utilizando materiales que se encuentran en su hogar, como papel, cinta adhesiva y cartón.
In Spanish. Ages: 4-10 years old. Runtime: 45 minutes.


Storytime from the Edible Academy

August 10 at 11 a.m. - REGISTER
Presented by New York Botanical Garden
A world of food adventure awaits the whole family with selected readings from children’s books (ex. Kalamata’s Kitchen) and cooking demonstrations, filmed at NYBG’s Edible Academy!
Ages: 10 years old and under. Runtime: 30 minutes.


Vida Americana: los muralistas mexicanos rehacen el arte estadounidense, 1925-1945

August 10 at 4 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Whitney Museum of American Art
Una introducción virtual a la exposición “Vida americana: los muralistas mexicanos rehacen el arte estadounidense, 1925-1945” montada por el Whitney Museum of American Art. 
In Spanish. Ages: Adults. Runtime: 60 minutes.


Journey to the Himalayas!

August 11 at 11 a.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Join us for an introduction to the people of Tibet & the Himalayan region, learn about their culture and their way of life.
Ages: 5-12 years old. Runtime: 40 minutes.


Virtual Family Tour of the Guggenheim

August 12 at 10:30 a.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Explore the museum from home with an interactive, family-friendly tour that includes creative, hands-on activities. Each tour is organized around a single theme and highlights artworks from the Guggenheim's collection and special exhibitions.
Ages: Families. Runtime: 60 minutes.


Who We Are: The Census and Identity in New York City

August 12 at 3 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Museum of the City of New York
In 2020, every household in the United States is being asked to participate in the US Census. But what is the census, and why is it especially important to accurately count how many people live in a complex, diverse city like ours? How does this count shape everyday life in New York City’s schools, streets, and homes? What can census data tell us about who we are as New Yorkers?

Join educators from the Museum of the City of New York for an exploration of the census in New York City and why this count is so important to the future of our city. During the session, we will also examine artworks from the Museum’s current exhibition Who We Are: Visualizing NYC by the Numbers, that use data from the Census Bureau to help us find new ways to look at identity across the five boroughs.
Ages: Families. Runtime: 45 minutes.


MAD Reads! (En Español)

July 22 at 10:30 a.m.  Rescheduled
August 13 at 10:30 a.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Museum of Arts and Design
MAD Reads, derivado de en un programa popular en MAD, es un taller en línea que será facilitado por un educador del museo para dar vida a un libro ilustrado a través de cuentos interactivos, exploración visual y creación artística. Los participantes explorarán el querido libro ilustrado de Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach, y crearán sus propios edredones de historias basados en una memoria personal usando pinturas, telas, marcadores y papel en un taller práctico.
In Spanish. Ages: 4-11 Years Old. Runtime: 45 minutes.


MOCACREATE @Home: Woven Together

August 13  at 4 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Museum of Chinese in America
Garment workers have always been a large part of Chinatown's identity and community. Learn about their experiences as you create an individual paper weaving that reflects on your contributions to the rich fabric of MOCA and the Chinatown community. What will your tapestry represent?
Ages: Families. Runtime: 30 minutes.


Discover the Dollhouse at Van Cortlandt House Museum

August 14 at 1 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Van Cortlandt House Museum
In the Summer of 2019, Van Cortlandt House Museum embarked on a project to furnish the c. 1774 Homans Family Dollhouse. The dollhouse has been furnished in keeping with the time period with furnishings inspired by the collections in Van Cortlandt House. The presentation will entail setting furnishings in two rooms with an narration about how the pieces were selected and how they relate to the collections in Van Cortlandt House.
Ages: Families with Children. Runtime: 45 minutes.


Sonic Voices: Utilizing the Art of DJing as a Creative Expression for Cultural Impact and Social Change

August 14  at 2 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Hi-ARTS
Hi-ARTS and DJ Reborn invite you to a workshop that explores the history of djing, basic mixing techniques, and how to utilize the craft intentionally to have cultural impact.
Ages: Teens and Adults. Runtime: 45 minutes.


Dolls in the Collection of Historic Richmond Town

August 14 at 4 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Historic Richmond Town
Dolls can evoke fond memories of our own childhood. The dolls in the collection of the Staten Island Historical Society at Historic Richmond Town can also tell us about how childhood was lived and understood in the past. In this program, we’ll examine a selection of dolls from the 19th and 20th centuries and explore the clues they give us about how their makers meant them to be used, and about how their young owners actually played with them. Through photographs, prints, clothing, and other artifacts, we’ll explore the world where these dolls were made and played with, altered accesorized, and how they reflected children’s lives and experiences. We’ll finish the program by showing you how to make your own simple doll using materials you have around the house.
Ages: Families. Runtime: 45 minutes.


Alphonse Mucha: Online Talk with Poster House

August 17 at 4:30 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Poster House
Embark on a virtual journey through the Paris portion of Alphonse Mucha’s career and the exhibition Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau / Nouvelle Femme recently debuted at Poster House — through exhibitions, events, and publications, this museum presents a global view of posters from their earliest appearance in the late 1800s, to their present-day use. Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Angelina — any and all questions about the Mucha or general poster history are welcomed and encouraged!
Ages: All ages. Runtime: 90 minutes.


Artists at Work

August 18 at 4 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by International Studio & Curatorial Program
Artists at Work is a public talk program by visual artists who are currently in residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program. The artists will offer insight into their art practices, followed by a Q&A session with attendees.
Ages: Adults. Runtime: 45 minutes.


Animals of the Himalayas!

August 19 at 2 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Join us to learn about the animals of the Himalayas! We'll introduce you to two important animals: the snow leopard, and the yak! Learn about the importance of the yak to the people of the Himalayas!
Ages: 8-12 years old. Runtime: 45 minutes.


A Virtual Field Trip to The Jim Henson Exhibition

August 19 at 4 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Museum of the Moving Image
On site at the Museum's Jim Henson Exhibition, Director of Curatorial Affairs Barbara Miller will lead an online audience (watching from home) on a live tour, making stops at several sections pertaining to different phases of Jim Henson’s career. These sections include an introduction to Henson, early works, Sesame Street, the Muppets, and his fantasy films and series (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and The Fraggles). Advance questions are welcome and will be answered in real time.
Ages: Families with kids ages 4-8. Runtime: 30 minutes.


MOCACREATE @Home: Neighborhood Sounds

August 20 at 4 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Museum of Chinese in America
Did you hear that? That’s the sound of a broom sweeping, a dog barking, and a basketball bouncing, all mixed together. What are the sounds of your neighborhood? Join us for art making inspired by the soundscapes of our streets and homes.
Ages: 9-12 years old. Runtime: 45 minutes.


Looking Forward: Previewing The Bartered Bride

August 21  at 6 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Bronx Opera Company
When we get back onstage, Bronx Opera will present Smetana’s marvelously tuneful BARTERED BRIDE, in a production updated to the 1950s. Tune in for a preview with our cast members, director, and designers.
Ages: Teens and Adults. Runtime: 60 minutes.


MAD Drop-in Studio (En Español)

August 25 at 4 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Museum of Arts and Design
El MAD Drop-In Studio exhibirá a la artista colombiana-estadounidense Natalia Arbelaez, quien se inspira en los procesos de cerámica e iconografía estadounidense y amerindia para considerar las formas en que las influencias históricas y personales impactan las identidades culturales. Se invita a los participantes de todas las edades a realizar un viaje virtual al estudio del artista, luego trabajar en una cerámica de estilo precolombino de 7,000 años de antigüedad para crear un autorretrato mítico de arcilla o masa de sal fácil de hacer.
Ages: All ages. Runtime: 60 minutes.


Powerful and Dangerous: The Work and Legacy of Audre Lorde

August 27 at 6 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Alice Austen House
To accompany the Alice Austen House 2020 exhibition 'Powerful and Dangerous: The Images and Words of Audre Lorde' a panel will be formed by Victoria Munro, Executive Director of the Alice Austen House in collaboration with Lorde's life long friends and Sister Comrades, Clare Coss and Blanche Weissen Cook. The all women panel will closely examine the life and work of Audre Lorde and the powerful influence of her work today.
Ages: Adults. Runtime: 90 minutes.


New Work by Tony Cokes

August 30 at 6 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by The Shed
The videos of artist and Brown University professor Tony Cokes critically reposition appropriated pop music samples, re-edited archival footage, and animated text to critique American politics, culture, and mass media. In his second collaboration with The Shed, Cokes presents new sketches of video work that is centered on quotes from a recent article in The Atlantic "This is Trump's Fault" by David Frum and others set to a musical background mixed by the artist. Cokes uses music to examine the ways in which power and ideology are distributed when paired with visual materials. 
Ages: Adults. Runtime: 45 minutes.


The Coach

August 31 at 7:30 p.m. - REGISTER
Presented by Bronx Opera Company
"The Coach" is the story of Evan Nixon, a gay, African-American performer turned Life-Coach. Aided by his husband, Kevin, his best friend, Minxy, and his mentor, Miss Erica, of Miss Erica's Life-Coaching Institute and Cross-Dressing Academy, Evan navigates a host of zany clients, while also trying to "life-coach" his own journey.
Ages: Adults. Runtime: 90 minutes.