The Manes Family Art & Education Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art provides a learning space committed to engaging members of our community in visual art experiences by providing a gateway to the creative process. This newly refurbished building offers a dynamic and inspiring environment in which audiences of all ages and abilities can find creative engagement through a variety of activities, projects, and talks. With art on view, two art studios, a reading room, and outdoor classroom, children, families and adults will have the opportunity to enjoy programs that include traditional and contemporary forms of art processes and art education. The Manes Center is located on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art. It is the first building on the left after entering the grounds from Northern Boulevard.
Newark’s original art form, the Animodules™, travel across the river to bring their message of peacemaking through the arts to Long Island at The Manes Center, an arts and education center with its own exhibition space at the Nassau County Museum of Art.
Animodules are unique interlocking sculptures that are artist facilitated, community created, contemporary totems. The exhibition is accompanied by Animodule making workshops where children and adults of all ages can work together to create this unique Public Art by the Public.™
Cory Booker, Former Newark Mayor, current U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate
An Animodule is a revolutionary, shared-value public art form and movement that is changing the way art and creative expression connects to community, business, and youth. The Animodule is a three dimensional “Animated “module” created sculpture, formed by notching two flat planes together to create a third dimension. It is an original urban art form, born in Newark, created by children and youth under the direction of professional artists. Working collaboratively, solving conceptual and design problems, merging art and science, program participants gain invaluable artistic, academic, and teambuilding experience creating a permanent artwork that represents their community.
Animodules form a strong bridge between communities, schools and businesses. Among many accomplishments, Animodules have engaged over 10,000 children in Newark, welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to Newark Airport, greeted the Dalai Lama at the Newark Peace Education Summit and appeared in Times Square for the UN International Day of Peace. Each year the Animodules come together to celebrate creativity and art in the annual Newark Creation Nation Art & Peace Parade.
Tuesday - Sunday
11:00 am - 4:45 pm
at The Manes Center
Free for visitors
A collaborative installation art project for Museum visitors of all ages.
How were you inspired on your trip to the Museum? Express yourself with art materials provided in our makerspace.
In a fast moving world filled with fun high tech gadgets, we invite you to slow down and create, connect and collaborate with other visitors in this self-guided hands on activity.
Coming this fall at The Manes Art and Education Center in Long Island’s first ever exhibition featuring the art of children’s books! Books inspire us, make us curious and bring us together. With works on loan from The Eric Carle Museum exhibited alongside contemporary illustrators, Picture This! celebrates the combined magic of stories and art. In conjunction with this exhibition the Museum will be hosting the following:
For the first time at the Museum, join us for a festival celebrating the magic of children’s book illustration. Meet exhibiting illustrators alongside their work, get picture books signed, create artworks of your own and participate in special story times with the illustrators. Advance registration required; limited tickets available day of. Stay tuned for ticket release day.
Explore books through special classes on papermaking, collage, illustration and more.
In as series of workshops geared for artists of all abilities, explore various approaches to illustrated journaling, bookmaking, printmaking and more.
Students, art instructors and staff join Dr. Harvey Manes in a celebration of The Manes Center's one year anniversary.
Art Student Suzanne Iardanou shares her artwork with family on exhibition at The Manes Center's art gallery in Master Class: The Manes Community.
Celebrating the one year Anniversary of The Manes Center at the Open House, Laura Lynch, Director of Education, Dr. Harvey Manes, Board Member and Reem Hussein, Manager of The Manes Center.
Art Instructor, Robyn Cooper with students from her Gouache Painting class at the Open House.
Museum Visitors at The Manes Center view work from our summer exhibition featuring works by our Art Instructors and students, Master Class: The Manes Community.
The internationally renowned, and locally loved, graffiti artist Kenny Scharf arrived with his daughter Malia (a filmmaker) on an October morning to start work on the freestyle mural on The Manes Family Art and Education Center facade. In only four days, working from early morning until dusk to the accompaniment of his music and plenty of coffee, he progressed relentlessly from a frieze-like border at the top of the building to the curvaceous, flowing figures for which he is renowned. The Gauguin-esque palette bloomed as he deftly covered the building, ending in a final flourish. Exhausted but exhilarated, Scharf “car-bombed” a BMW, indulged a pack of local children by painting the backs of their jackets and then painted a silver silhouette on Dr. Harvey Manes’s jacket.
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