Thank you for your support

Thank you for your support in making our programs possible in 2023.

Children’s Art Carnival: Building Community since 1969

Children’s Art Carnival (CAC) began its journey on March 17, 1969, as a community program of the Museum of Modern Art under the inspired leadership of artist, activist, and educator Betty Blayton-Taylor. In 1972 CAC opened the doors to its townhouse on historic Hamilton Terrace to become a cultural beacon for the creative arts in Harlem and greater New York. Since our founder’s passing, we have broadened our scope to serve the creative and professional development needs of our local artists, providing space for their creative practice, and centering the artist in shaping our participatory programs for community members. 2024 marks 52 years of service at CAC. Today, as we build on Betty Blayton-Taylor’s vision, we ask you to support CAC as a vital hub for the arts in Hamilton Heights – as a place for our artists to pursue creative engagement with community members of all ages and backgrounds.



CAC exhibitions support and
nurture local artists and their work as key to community engagement and development of public programming. Our exhibitions include artist talks and panel discussions by curators, activists, and local artists drawn mainly from West Harlem and surrounding neighborhoods often in partnership with area organizations such as En Foco, Hamilton Landmark Galleries and Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano. In 2023 CAC mounted six exhibitions including shows by illustrator/afro-futurist artists Micheline Hess; local artists Wilhelmina Grant-Cooper and Dionis Ortiz, and a group show featuring the work of CAC resident artists. During the year our exhibitions attracted over 500 audience members from the community of Harlem and beyond.


Press and Pull – Homecoming Series: with EFA/Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop

CAC collaborations expand creative opportunities for Harlem artists and audiences alike. The Homecoming Series grows from CAC’s legacy and the bonds formed in the 70’s between Blayton-Taylor and the late master printmaker, Robert Blackburn. Designed as a pilot project, Press and Pull tests the feasibility of establishing a permanent printmaking facility in Harlem in the months to come. Four monthly workshops held from September through December, offered free to the public, were led by well-known master printmakers including Michael Kelly Williams, Michelle Goodwin, and Mei Tei Sing Smith, all of whom partnered with Betty to establish CAC as vital Harlem cultural resource. Together these exciting sessions drew attendance of nearly eighty participants.


Community Participatory Art-Making Workshops

CAC provides an exceptional series of community programs, opportunities for area residents of all ages and backgrounds to engage in a broad range of participatory experiences. In 2023 these offerings included, cartooning/illustration, graffiti lettering, bookmaking, collagraph, photogram and collage workshops. Sessions are designed and led by local artists who have a passion for connecting with area residents and providing expanded cultural activities that helps to enrich and enliven our community.


The Arts Enrich our Community

Your donations help to support stipends for our participating artists, the cost of materials and supplies for our exhibitions and workshops, improvements to our historic townhouse, and help us to keep the lights on. No donation is too small, please join us in in helping arts and culture thrive and grow in our beloved and vibrant Harlem community.


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