PS32 is partnering with Cool Culture (coolculture.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting young children’s cognitive and language development, and encouraging a life-long passion for learning by making their visits to cultural and educational institutions more accessible, fun, and enriching. To this end, all Pre-K and K students at PS32 and their families have been given access to a Cool Culture Family Pass, which entitles them to bring up to five members of their family for free to over 90 museums, botanical gardens, wildlife preserves, historic houses, and science/learning centers across the five boroughs. Institutions include: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Prospect Park Zoo, The Jewish Museum, The Queens Science Museum, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Rubin Museum of Tibetan Art, El Museo del Barrio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Chinese Americans, and so many more–almost any place you might want to take your children is on their list. AND IT’S ALL FOR FREE! Cool Culture also provides notices of special cultural activities and events, helpful tips for trips and focused suggestions for individual sites, scavenger hunt cards, subway maps, quarterly family-time guides, and other materials developed by professional educators (in English, Spanish, and Chinese) to ensure successful outcomes for Cool Culture visitors. PS32’s Cool Culture Liaison is Ms. Angela Bowie, who also serves as our Parent Coordinator.
Channel Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21 Community Hall of Fame
In 2006, Cool Culture was inducted into the Channel Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21 Community Hall of Fame in recognition of outstanding community service and leadership in the field of arts and culture.
Union Square Arts Award
In 2008, Cool Culture is the recipient of the Union Square Arts Award, an award recognizing the important and leadership role played by arts and cultural organizations in creating educational opportunities, building community and promoting social change in New York City.
What PS32 Parents and Teachers are saying about Cool Culture:
Over the winter break, we used our Cool Culture pass to take our kids to the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, where they saw a great Muppets exhibit; and the Museum of Modern Art– normally a $25 admission for adults! We had so much fun exploring New York’s cultural treasures, especially knowing it was all for free.
–Nicole LaRosa (Pre-K parent)
The Cool Culture pass was so easy to use. The museum exhibits (at The Jewish Museum) were great. We went to see the Ezra Jack Keats show and loved it! I can’t wait to use the pass at another museum!
–Heather Cantor (K teacher)
Our boys weren’t sure they would enjoy the museum (Metropolitan Museum of Art). Not only did they have fun, but afterwards they talked about it for the whole rest of the day! The museum staff was very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the Cool Culture program.
–Brian Gomori (K parent)
We used our Cool Culture passes at the Children’s Museum of Art in Soho. This brand new, multi level space is set up like a workshop, where children can roam and explore different materials like clay, sand, fabric, along more traditional paints, pencils and crayons. For the older kids, there is a media lab where aspiring cartoonists can make their own stop motion graphics, or make a “staged” short film. All the workshops are lead by artists themselves. The kids went home with a multitude of projects, including a rattlesnake made from braided fabric and buttons.
–Ali Clarke (K parent)