Community Partners

Program Partners

BCM’s program partners bring the performing arts, music, movement, and social justice to our family audiences through hands-on workshops and programs. Our partners offer programs regularly at the Museum, but while our doors are closed, we want to highlight the amazing work they continue to do, some of which you can catch through our livestream events! Learn more about our partners here:

Drag Queen Story Hour

Drag Queen Story Hour NYC (DQSH) provides a range of fun and fabulous educational experiences for children and teens from 3 to 18 years old in libraries, schools, museums, and community spaces in all five boroughs of New York City. Through storytelling and creativity, DQSH teaches children about gender diversity and all forms of difference to build empathy and give kids the confidence to express themselves however they feel comfortable.

BCM is proud to partner with DQSH for monthly programs featuring interactive storytime and a hands-on art activity. Drag Queen Story Hour is currently offering livestream DQSH programming on their Facebook and Instagram live channels. DQSH are also offering interactive DQSH sessions via Zoom for schools and other communities. Reach out to: nyc@dragqueenstoryhour.org for more information or to book a program.

Check out DQSH’s livestream programs on the national DQSH pages:
Instagram: @dragqueenstoryhour
Facebook: @dragqueenstoryhour

Learn more about local NYC DQSH programs at:
Instagram: @dqshnyc
Facebook: @dqshnyc

The Little Orchestra Society (LOS)

The Little Orchestra Society presents live music in ways that inspire and educate audiences of all ages while creating a new model for the 21st-century orchestra that emphasizes connections with the community. LOS has given more than 65 premieres and launched the careers of many major musical talents in its concert programming for adult and family audiences.

Founded by Thomas K. Scherman in 1947, LOS is among the oldest professional orchestras in New York City. Over the years, LOS has become particularly well known for family programs and has created an array of music education and community engagement programs inspired by the belief that access to live music should be extended to all members of the community.

LOS presents interactive music workshops at BCM on Thursdays and Sundays during pay-as-you-wish hours.

Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance

Cumbe is a home for African and Diaspora dance and music. Through classes and cultural programs, they invite everyone to feel the joy and vitality of rhythms rooted in Africa. Cumbe champions African and Diaspora culture as a vibrant legacy for people of African descent and as an exuberant source of power, spirit and knowledge for all. Cumbe operates out of Restoration Plaza, a close neighbor of BCM, and offers regular dance and movement-based interactive workshops to BCM’s visitors.

Check out their online class offerings here!