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.

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.…

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.

Also Learn about symphony orchestras in an animated adventure in Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures.

Día de los Muertos Celebration

Celebrate our ancestors and remembering those we have lost on Día de los Muertos with traditional dances by the Aztec dance troupe Cetiliztli Nauhcampa around the community ofrenda (altar) to honor the ancestors.

See our guide to National Museum of the American Indian – New York.

Living History: Expanding Your Understanding of Thomas Jefferson

Explore a statue of Thomas Jefferson with a costumed interpreter and dig into his legacy – both as a Founding Father and as an enslaver. Together with interpreters, discover how the third U.S. president and author of the Declaration of Independence rationalized his commitment to freedom, while enslaving more than 600 people of African descent. …

Vasthy & Friends: What Freedom Means to Me

Join a family-friendly brunch time musical show celebrating Pride Month, Juneteenth, and the release of Vasthy & Friends debut full length children’s album– Sing, Dance, Play. Enjoy songs, stories, dance, poetry, and fun for the whole family (including grown ups) with Broadway performers including founder Vasthy Mompoint at a Sesame Street meets Broadway show.

Picture This! Virtual Tour + Art Workshop

Join the Jewish Museum for a virtual family tour and art-making experience. Discover Japanese netsuke in the shape of whimsical miniature animals in the exhibition The Hare with Amber Eyes along with a variety of creatures and animals such as dragons, lions, and giraffes in paintings and sculptures from the Jewish Museum’s collection. Paint figures…

Celebrating Black Puppeteers of NYC with Nehprii Amenii

Join artist and educator Nehprii Amenii and celebrate Black History Month with the magic of puppetry. Learn about how this theatre artist enchants the imagination using puppets, and dive into the stories of Black puppeteers featured in the Puppets of New York exhibition. Enjoy creating your own puppet at home by following along in…

Living History @ Home: Black Women’s Club Movement

Join New-York Historical Society and historical interpreters to learn about Black women fighting for the right to vote in the early 20th century with a national network of clubs and organizations to help advance themselves professionally, politically, and spiritually. Explore the lives of individuals like Ida B. Wells and the history of organizations like the…

Lunar New Year Tinker Festival – Shadow Puppets

Enjoy a shadow puppet workshops and brief introduction to Chinese opera with local artist group Chinese Theater Works via Zoom. Presented by the the Lewis Latimer House Museum in Flushing.

Met Virtual Lunar New Year Festival

May art bring you good fortune!  Celebrate the Year of the Tiger, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, with virtual performances, interactive activities, Bilingual Drag Queen Storytime and artist-led workshops for all ages.

All virtual activities are free, and no registration is required. All videos are prerecorded.

Visit the Met anytime…

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, popular American songs and more.

Designed for grades K-12.

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 Pop-up…

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…

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…

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…

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…

BRAINPOP

Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism & Black history, STEM, arts, math and much more 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…

Here Wee Read

Find great books recommendations for all ages in all sorts of diverse & inclusive categories, from Harlem Renaissance picture books to graphic novels talking about race. Includes themed collections like Halloween, Weddings,, Kids with Disabilities and RBG.

Find links to buy at bookshop.org, an alternative to amazon that supports independent bookstores.

Virtual Performance of Sueño de Reyes/Dream of Kings

Join bilingual Latino children’s theater Teatro SEA for Three Kings Day virtual festivities via Youtube beginning. Stream Sueño de Reyes/Dream and see shadow puppets made by Indian puppet master Shinde Chithambara Rao tell a new story about the Three Kings (Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar). With traditional Latin American Christmas songs, the Wise Men tell how, …

Women’s Suffrage and Voting Rights Now

Join the Museum of the City of New York for an interactive student workshop drawing from the Museum’s collections.

Discover diverse leaders within the women’s suffrage movement and the tactics they used to expand voting rights. Learn about how their racial and ethnic identities and class experiences shaped their political views and strategies. Looking back…

Morgan Family Interactive Tour and Workshop: Drawings by Black Artists from the American South

Take a virtual tour of exhibition Another Tradition: Drawings by Black Artists from the American South, celebrates recent acquisitions at the Morgan from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting Black Southern artists and their communities.

Takes a closer look at the medium of drawing, and how it can be an art of …

Día de los Muertos Celebration

Celebrate our ancestors and remembering those we have lost on Día de los Muertos with traditional dances by the Aztec dance troupe Cetiliztli Nauhcampa around the community ofrenda (altar) to honor the ancestors.

See our guide to National Museum of the American Indian – New York.

Living History: Expanding Your Understanding of Thomas Jefferson

Explore a statue of Thomas Jefferson with a costumed interpreter and dig into his legacy – both as a Founding Father and as an enslaver. Together with interpreters, discover how the third U.S. president and author of the Declaration of Independence rationalized his commitment to freedom, while enslaving more than 600 people of African descent. …

Vasthy & Friends: What Freedom Means to Me

Join a family-friendly brunch time musical show celebrating Pride Month, Juneteenth, and the release of Vasthy & Friends debut full length children’s album– Sing, Dance, Play. Enjoy songs, stories, dance, poetry, and fun for the whole family (including grown ups) with Broadway performers including founder Vasthy Mompoint at a Sesame Street meets Broadway show.

Picture This! Virtual Tour + Art Workshop

Join the Jewish Museum for a virtual family tour and art-making experience. Discover Japanese netsuke in the shape of whimsical miniature animals in the exhibition The Hare with Amber Eyes along with a variety of creatures and animals such as dragons, lions, and giraffes in paintings and sculptures from the Jewish Museum’s collection. Paint figures…

Celebrating Black Puppeteers of NYC with Nehprii Amenii

Join artist and educator Nehprii Amenii and celebrate Black History Month with the magic of puppetry. Learn about how this theatre artist enchants the imagination using puppets, and dive into the stories of Black puppeteers featured in the Puppets of New York exhibition. Enjoy creating your own puppet at home by following along in…

Living History @ Home: Black Women’s Club Movement

Join New-York Historical Society and historical interpreters to learn about Black women fighting for the right to vote in the early 20th century with a national network of clubs and organizations to help advance themselves professionally, politically, and spiritually. Explore the lives of individuals like Ida B. Wells and the history of organizations like the…

Lunar New Year Tinker Festival – Shadow Puppets

Enjoy a shadow puppet workshops and brief introduction to Chinese opera with local artist group Chinese Theater Works via Zoom. Presented by the the Lewis Latimer House Museum in Flushing.

Met Virtual Lunar New Year Festival

May art bring you good fortune!  Celebrate the Year of the Tiger, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, with virtual performances, interactive activities, Bilingual Drag Queen Storytime and artist-led workshops for all ages.

All virtual activities are free, and no registration is required. All videos are prerecorded.

Visit the Met anytime…

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, popular American songs and more.

Designed for grades K-12.

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 Pop-up…

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…

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…

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…

BRAINPOP

Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism & Black history, STEM, arts, math and much more 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…

Here Wee Read

Find great books recommendations for all ages in all sorts of diverse & inclusive categories, from Harlem Renaissance picture books to graphic novels talking about race. Includes themed collections like Halloween, Weddings,, Kids with Disabilities and RBG.

Find links to buy at bookshop.org, an alternative to amazon that supports independent bookstores.

Virtual Performance of Sueño de Reyes/Dream of Kings

Join bilingual Latino children’s theater Teatro SEA for Three Kings Day virtual festivities via Youtube beginning. Stream Sueño de Reyes/Dream and see shadow puppets made by Indian puppet master Shinde Chithambara Rao tell a new story about the Three Kings (Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar). With traditional Latin American Christmas songs, the Wise Men tell how, …

Women’s Suffrage and Voting Rights Now

Join the Museum of the City of New York for an interactive student workshop drawing from the Museum’s collections.

Discover diverse leaders within the women’s suffrage movement and the tactics they used to expand voting rights. Learn about how their racial and ethnic identities and class experiences shaped their political views and strategies. Looking back…

Morgan Family Interactive Tour and Workshop: Drawings by Black Artists from the American South

Take a virtual tour of exhibition Another Tradition: Drawings by Black Artists from the American South, celebrates recent acquisitions at the Morgan from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting Black Southern artists and their communities.

Takes a closer look at the medium of drawing, and how it can be an art of …

A Tribe Called Tubman Free Stream

Celebrate Juneteenth with Theaterworks USA with a free stream of A Tribe Called Tubman free for one-time-only in the Facebook group, TheaterWorksUSA for Educators. Join the communal watch party, where we can be transported by the journey of Harriet Tubman and share in a live chat with each other about the moments that move us…

Step Afrika! Juneteenth Virtual Celebration

Join Step Afrika! for an online Juneteenth celebration that honors and embodies the determination, resilience, and reclamation of freedom with newly filmed choreographic masterpieces inspired by the African American experience: Trane, Little Rock Nine and The Movement.

Raise Your Voice – Celebrating Women in Music

Enjoy online two concerts by trailblazing musicians, Debbie Knapper and Joan Ashley. Presented by LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.