COOL CULTURE INC

aka Cool Culture   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  www.coolculture.org

Mission

Vision: Cool Culture envisions an equitable society that values, embraces and is enriched by all cultures. Mission: To amplify the voices of families and strengthen the power of historically marginalized communities through engagement with art and culture, both within cultural institutions and beyond. At the core of Cool Culture's work is the use of art and culture as a vehicle for transformation that engages our emotional, intellectual and imaginations. Cool Culture believes that art is a human right, a powerful means of self-expression, and a bridge that allows us to transcend boundaries between and across cultures to build community and to increase our capacity for dialogue and understanding.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Ms. Candice Anderson

Main address

80 Hanson Place Suite 605

Brooklyn, NY 11217 USA

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EIN

16-1636968

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Citywide Cultural Access Program

Provides 50,000 families in 450 Early Childhood Centers and Title 1 Department of Education schools with a Cool Culture Family Pass that offers families a year of unlimited, free admission for up to five people to our 90 New York City cultural institution partners.

Cool Culture offers our education partners Professional Development workshops and a wide variety of resources focused on family involvement through the arts, in addition to producing family events and multilingual educational materials for all 50,000 families.

Our events draw as many as 2,600 parents and children to a single co-created museum event, and annually, parents and children walk through the doors of our partner cultural institutions 185,000 times at no cost

Population(s) Served

Our new multi-year initiative, We Are All Curators, aims to leverage art and culture to counter dominant narratives and beliefs surrounding African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) families and families from low-income households. We Are All Curators will facilitate families’, educators’, and communities’ use of art and culture to build community, share their stories, challenge dominant narratives, and ultimately achieve social change.

The Initiative uses curation as a theme in both the traditional and broadest sense, from curation of objects in a museum or home, to families’ organization of experiences for their children and other loved ones, to choices about what we wear and eat to demystify curatorial practice and expand perceptions of who creates and exhibits art.

Population(s) Served

These programs bring art to communities including Harlem, Chinatown, Corona, Queens and Bedford Stuyvesant/Crown Heights in Brooklyn, building relationships between families, educators, and museum professionals who work together to develop tailored programming for children and families. Key to the success of the Intensive program is the Family Leaders component, which leverages adult caregivers’ leadership capacity. Family Leaders, as graduates of an 8-part training series, provide peer-to-peer outreach and support throughout the duration of the program.

Population(s) Served

Creates and implements a series of seminars that guide the next generation of museum professionals in developing participatory programming. Participants also build skills in soliciting feedback from historically marginalized families about their exhibitions and programming, and in advocating for change in their institutions. Click here to learn more about the Laboratory for New Audiences.

Population(s) Served

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COOL CULTURE INC

Board of directors
as of 3/8/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Edwina Meyers

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Edwina Meyers

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Bevy Smith

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Ahmed Yearwood

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Samantha Gilbert

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Jonathan Van Antwerpen

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Risa Meyer

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Kevin Lee

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Karen Liu

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