In the late 90’s, Broadway Housing Communities began incorporating art and arts education into its supportive housing model. The results have been wonderful and art is now an integral component of our dynamic tenant communities.
The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling is a natural evolution of our prior successes, and will help us engage families and children on a far broader scale.
Plans for the Children’s Museum call for approximately 15,000 square feet of flexible space with galleries showing artwork generated in or inspired by Harlem. Sugar Hill’s history and thriving cultural life create a rich foundation to share with families the pleasure of personal expression and nurture children’s love of reading, writing and storytelling through art making.
Artwork in the museum will include pieces by children in concert with the work of renowned artists to deeply connect young museum goers to the value of their own artistic exploration. Art making spaces will enhance this connection with access to materials for creative expression during museum visits, and will house workshops for school groups and visitors from the surrounding community. The museum’s performance space will host storytelling events and classes relevant to exhibitions and community interests. Other components include a museum shop, café, library, an expansive public plaza and interior courtyard spaces. The flow of the museum includes a great deal of space open to the public to create a welcoming environment for the community.
Children’s museums serve as town squares, building social capital and strengthening community resources that educate and care for children. The Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling plays a key role in this comprehensive community revitalization effort.