BLACK CULTURE FOR KIDS

Celebrate Black voices with family-friendly literature, music, art & more. Exposure to culture creates empathy which creates change.

Also see our list of history websites & games  and find great anti-racism parenting tips on Pretty Good Design's Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup.

Here Wee Read

Find great books recommendations in all sorts of diverse & inclusive categories, from Harlem Renaissance picture books to graphic novels to talking about race. Plus links to buy at bookshop.org, an alternative to amazon that supports independent bookstores.

BRAINPOP

Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism& Black history, STEM, arts and the coronavirus, starring a very funny robot. Take quizzes and play games to test what you learned. Two editions, for ages K-3 or 4th -12th Grade (which can thoughtfully address some weighty topics, so monitor for wee…

New-York Historical Society Online

This fascinating historic  museum (now partially open for visits) hosts engaging live educational programs for all ages, audio and video resources (including the inspirational We Rise) and interactive 360 degree tours drawing on its world-renowned collections. Excellent educator resources including videos,  remote lesson plans, and media-rich curriculum website Women…

Ailey All Access

The acclaimed Alvin Ailey dance company shares full length videos of past performances. Also see videos of company members dancing the landmark Revelations and other pieces together from home, join free online dance classes and check out the  great Resource Guide for Educators.

Find free live and on-demand classes for all ages in a variety of dance…

Carnegie Hall Music Explorers

Learn about musical culture and tradition around the world – African-American Freedom Songs, South African Zulu songs and many more – with lessons plans, music and video featuring global artists. The well-designed site features a world map to explore.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy

Watch curated educated videos on the from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s educational programs and learn about it’s roots in African-American traditions and communities.  WeBop instructors demonstrate fun activities to get families swinging and singing, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra share performance secrets,  and Middle School Jazz Academy instructors break down jazz techniques.…

Black Art Picture Books

Learn about African American art history with curated lists from Culture Type, a website exploring art by and about people of African descent. Find gorgeous books about Jean-Michel Basquiat, fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe,  Jacob Lawrence and other great black artists on posts Black Art History: 10 Children’s Books Illuminate the…

The Concious Kid

Learn about parenting and education through a critical race lens. Feature great recommendations for diverse books and smart graphics with easy-to-understand explanations and action items. Join their patreon for comprehensive book lists and in-depth, research-based guidance on anti-racist parenting.

Black-Owned Chocolate

Treat yourself while supporting local black-owned business buy ordering  delicious chocolate treats from Sol Cacao (Bronx artisan “bean to bar” chocolate manufacturer), Dalloway Chocolate (vegan, gluten-free, bars & truffles with no refined sugar made in Brooklyn),  and Harlem Chocolate Factory (bars, bon-bons, bark, cookies & more inspired by Harlem).

Flushing Town Hall Global Arts for Global Kids

Learn about international music, dance and more through short videos with post-lesson activities featuring African drumming, Chinese dance, Pop-up Page Making and more.

Also explore the Smithsonian Year of Music collection and video archive. Focus on Jazz, Blues & Rock, Folk & Country, and Latin Music through items from the Smithsonian, such as bomba drums and…

Lincoln Center At Home

Watch short #concertsforkids recorded (at home) by world-class artists including musician Etienne Charles celebrating a cross-section of cultures from the African Diaspora, Soul Science Kids weaving soul, funk, hip-hop and educational themes and many more diverse voices.

Learn puppetry, dance, songwriting and other art forms with simple materials found at home with Lincoln Center…

Kennedy Center Education

Explore music, dance, theater, opera, visual and media arts through informative and engaging Kennedy Center Education  interactive lessons with music videos. Learn about African-American History,  US President’s Favorite Music, all sorts of dance, Dance, popular American songs and more.

Designed for grades K-12.

Hanukkah Family Day

December 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Jewish Museum for an exciting mix of Hanukkah related activities and performances that will launch on their YouTube channel for families to explore. Groove with musicians Daphna Mor, Saskia Lane, and Daniel Freedman in partnership with the Beineinu community during a festive concert. Discover and sketch unexpected Hanukkah objects on a virtual tour.…

Picture This! Dream Menorahs

December 13 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Join the Jewish Museum for a virtual family tour and art-making experience inspired by its popular Picture This! series.

Discover unique Hanukkah menorahs made with unexpected materials in a virtual tour with interactive activities, and create a folded sculptural menorah book with dreams and hopes for each night of the holiday. The museum is…

Living History @ Home: Let’s Celebrate Kwanzaa

December 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Celebrate community, family, and culture with this deep dive into the Black American holiday of Kwanzaa. Join New-York Historical Society online to learn about the history of the holiday, its significance, and the seven principles.  Discover and learn about New-York Historical artifacts that connect with the principles of the holiday. Then, create a guided activity…

Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show

December 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Watch the world’s first holiday show highlighting the African American tradition of stepping, a feast for the eyes and ears. Fabulous and furry friends from the Arctic Kingdom – Popper the Penguin along with polar bear twins, Pinky and Polo – join exceptional dancers to celebrate in song and dance.

Nefesh Mountain

December 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Enjoy the toe-tapping sounds of Nefesh Mountain, led by singer Doni Zasloff and her multi-instrumentalist husband Eric Lindberg. Dance to a vibrant blend of bluegrass, Celtic, and Appalachian tunes with a Jewish soul, as the band performs original melodies from their notable family release Songs from the Mountain and heralded album Beneath the Open Sky…