NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray and Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann recently announced the expansion and continuation of a program that allows mothers currently incarcerated at Rikers Island to visit and participate in activities with their children at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan through the end of 2020.

The program, Crafting Family Connections, brings select mothers, children and their custodial caregivers to the museum when it is closed to the public. Parents and children participate in arts activities designed to support bonding and ease the trauma of separation. Custodial caregivers that participate in the pilot program will receive a CMOM membership, which is renewed free of charge once the incarcerated mothers return home.

Funding for the program is provided by the Department of Corrections and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.