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.
Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 am - 4:45 pm
A collaborative installation art project for Museum visitors of all ages. What colors inspired you on your trip to the Museum? Create colorful Yarn-Eye art and loop it through tree branches suspended in air to see your art hanging in a Museum!
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.