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February 23rd, 2007

Children’s Museum of the Arts’ Art Angels Gala Fundraiser

by SoHo Journal Staff

172 Norfolk Street (between Houston and Stanton)

Cocktails 6:30pm; Dinner 7:30pm; Live Auction 9:00pm; After Party 9:30pm
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The Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA), the only children’s museum in New York City that brings artists and children together to create, exhibit, and celebrate children’s art, is hosting its 4th annual benefit dinner, “Art Angels,” on Thursday, March 1st, 2007, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on the Lower East Side. Selections from the CMA Collection of International Children’s Art will be projected throughout the evening with music by the Friends Jazz Trio and dazzling performances by members of Anti-Gravity. Guests are encouraged to stay for the after-party featuring DJ Bomber and more performers from Anti-Gravity.

The evening will raise funds to support the Children’s Museum of the Arts, which provides innovative art experiences for children. CMA also brings art education programs to children in schools, hospitals, and community service organizations who normally would not have access to these programs.
Mary-Louise Parker and Cynthia C. Wainwright to Host the Children’s Museum of the Arts Fourth Annual Gala Benefit Dinner, “Art Angels,” Honoring CMA Board Members Elizabeth Fearon Pepperman and Jodi Richard
Highly esteemed actress Mary-Louise Parker and CMA President Emerita Cynthia C. Wainwright co-chair the benefit committee.

This year’s gala honors CMA board members Elizabeth Fearon Pepperman and Jodi Richard who provided a renaissance for CMA’s remarkable collection of over 2,000 drawings and paintings by children around the world. Thanks to the vision and hard work of Pepperman and Richard, the CMA Collection is now properly accessioned, catalogued, and photographed. The CMA Collection features artwork by children from over 50 countries and includes a spectacular collection of New York City children’s work from the Depression era, painted under the tutelage of Mark Rothko and Yasuo Kuniyoshi, as well as selections from the collection of Joseph Solman. We are thrilled to announce the CMA Collection is now ready to be shared with the public on our website, through exhibitions, and for academic study.

Co-Chair Mary-Louise Parker has this to say about CMA, “The Children’s Museum of the Arts is a warm, inviting, creative environment where children create art with a philosophy of process over product.”

Another highlight of the event will be a live auction, hosted by John Nye, auctioneer and owner of Dawson & Nye, a New Jersey auction house. Previously, Mr. Nye was with Sotheby’s for over 15 years. Auction items will include a hand-knotted carpet from Odegard, Inc., a coat from Miu Miu, a stay at a Vermont B&B, a Ferragamo handbag, a photocollage portrait from artist Jeremy Wolff, dinners from fine NYC restaurants, designer jewelry, and more.

Tickets for the event begin at $300 for an individual, $500 for a pair. To purchase tickets or for more information about CMA, please contact Eileen Phelan, 212.274.0986 ext. 113 or

The Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) celebrates the visual and performing artist in every child through creating, teaching, collecting, and exhibiting children’s art. Founded in 1988, CMA’s programs encourage children from one to 12 years of age to develop their full creative potential and express their unique vision and experiences through the arts. CMA is a general admission children’s art museum with ongoing arts activities, artists’ workshops, exhibits, and installations. Its programs include early childhood art classes, after school art classes, summer art camps, on-and off-site art education outreach initiatives, and serves over 40,000 children annually.


182 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013 / Tel: (212) 274-0986 /
Public hours: Wed 12 – 5 PM, Thursday 12 – 6 PM, (4-6 pay as you wish) &
Friday – Sunday 12-5pm. Reserved Groups: Monday & Tuesday 10 am – 4 PM
Admission: $8/person 1 – 65 yr. Pay as you wish: Thursdays, 4 – 6 PM
CMA provides imaginative, interactive programs, activities and events focusing on the visual and performing arts for children ages 12 years and under. Included are permanent exhibits, as well as two floors of open art studios for hands-on projects, and exhibit spaces.

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