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Museum of the Moving Image Community Partners and Programs 

Museum of the Moving Image has been rooted in the Astoria, Queens neighborhood since the building opened in 1988. MoMI serves as a bridge to connect diverse communities to the moving image, in all its forms, with the goal of together building a more equitable and inclusive cultural future. In recent years, we have increasingly opened our doors in new ways, partnering with local organizations.  

 

Education 

Housed in a city-owned building, the Museum provides programming for over 70,000 school children and 300 local community schools every year. The Museum also offers professional development seminars and workshops for teachers, and after-school programs that develop academic and technical skills and serves thousands more children, teens, and families in weekend and summer media-making studios, workshops, design jams, course, screenings, and camps. Highlights include: 

  • Through the Cultural Afterschool Adventures program funded by NYC Council members, the Museum provided after-school instruction at the following Queens schools: P.S. 111, I.S. 192, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, I.S. 204, P.S./.I.S M217, P.S. 150, P.S. 145, I.S. 74. 
  • Off-site free media workshops for kids and families led by media artists were presented throughout Queens in partnership with The Blue Bus Project (May-July 2021) 
  • Professional development has included a free workshop on Puppetry for the Screen and Neurodiversity for Special Ed Teachers from District 75; a free month-long digital media-making workshop for local parents; and other sessions (March 2022) 
  • Summer Media Camp scholarships for youth in Queensbridge Houses (July 2021) 
  • Through its Teen Council, New York City high-school students (a new cohort each year) socialize, create media, learn skills, and present public programs for fellow teens, culminating with the annual MoMI Teen Film Festival 
  • Senior Program at the CCNS Ozone Park Neighborhood Senior Center 

 

Family Programming 

  • Free gallery hours every Thursday, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. 
  • Free virtual tours of The Jim Henson Exhibition and Behind the Screen in English, Spanish, French, Urdu, Arabic, and Portuguese (May–September 2020) 
  • Free Day of the Dead Celebration with performances by Queens-based musicians and dance troupes (November 2021) 
  • Free puppetry-for-the-screen workshops for families (December 2021) 
  • Free Video Performance Badge workshop and workshop development program offered in English and Spanish for adults and teens (January 2022) 
  • The Wiz Family Day in collaboration with local community school P.S. 111Q featuring family activities such as face painting, monitor puppetry, and screenings, grounded by community discussions with elders who performed in the original movie musical The Wiz, which was filmed at the Astoria Studio in Queens. Free memberships given to school families; admission for kids under 12 was free all day. (May 21, 2022)  
  • Free Game Jam for teens (August 2022) 
  • The Museum Experience, introductory tours, in Urdu and Spanish (Summer 2022) 

 

Health/Safety 

  • Free COVID-19 testing in partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals, administered through Mt. Sinai Hospital Queens 
  • Free meal distribution with World Central Kitchen and Dance NYC 
  • Community discussions on gun violence with local Queens leaders, organized by Community Capacity Development (February and March 2022) 

 

Voting 

  • Early voting poll site since 2019 
  • Co-host for Cook Out the Vote, non-partisan voter’s rights organization that encourages voter turnout (2021) 

 

Artist Development 

Marvels of Media initiative: community discussions, public screenings, award ceremony, exhibit, and workshops in honor of media-makers on the autism spectrum. Designed with an advisory committee of local spokespeople and self-advocates. (April 2022) 

 

Community Partner Events 

  • Girl Scouts of Greater NY Award Ceremony (June 2022)  
  • Pursuit demo day (June 2022) 
  • The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria Film Festival (June 2022) 
  • PS111Q Kindergarten Class Graduation (June 2022) 
  • Urban Upbound Graduating High School Senior Celebration (March 2022) 
  • Free tour for community volunteers of the Office of New York State Assembly Member Zohran K. Mamdani (April 2022) 
  • Free Digital Badge workshops in documentary filmmaking for members of community partners New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) and The Ali Forney Center Job Development Program, serving LGBTQ+ youth in transitional housing (July 2022) 

 

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Whether you’re helping the Museum to continue offering groundbreaking education programs, quality film screenings, innovative core and changing exhibitions, or maintain its remarkable collection, all donations are greatly appreciated.

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