Open Thursday through Sunday



ColorLab is Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s 1,500 square-foot family art-making space where artists of all ages can explore, make, and celebrate art! We value discovery, artistic process, freedom of expression, and creative collaboration with others.

ColorLab programs are rooted in the creative works and cultures of Black artists in Brooklyn and around the world. As a studio proudly-based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, ColorLab’s rotating programs feature African American, Afro-Caribbean, and African contemporary artists.

The BCM team activates ColorLab as a process-oriented, inclusive, and courageous art-making space.


Thursday: 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Sessions begin at 2pm, 3pm, & 4pm)
Friday: 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (Drop-in)
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Sessions begin at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm)
Sunday: 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (Sessions begin at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm)

ColorLab is open for public programs Thursday through Sunday. On Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, program sessions are offered hourly and last 45 minutes. Pre-registration not required. Freestyle Fridays are drop-in!

Please note: space is limited to 15 children and their caregivers.

Program Seasons

During a program season, ColorLab public programs explore a unified theme. Educators facilitate 45-minute sessions that include individual and collaborative art-making inspired by Muse Artists. In each session, educators guide young artists and their families through the exploration of themes, techniques, tools, vocabulary, and materials related to each Muse Artist’s process.

The three program seasons for 2019 include: The Future Is Now (spring/early summer), Color.Spot.Light. (summer/early fall) and Listen Up (fall/winter).

Current Season

Listen Up

Say it loud, say it now! Join us to explore how art can be a way to speak out about what we believe in, tell our stories, and express ourselves. Create multi-media collage, sculpture, and prints inspired by groundbreaking and expressive artists of African descent.


Current Muse Artist

Abigail DeVille

Birthplace: New York City

Abigail DeVille is an artist who lives and works in New York City. DeVille uses discarded materials to creates artworks that tell forgotten or untold stories related to the African American experience, such as her flag for Harlem and sculpture at the site of a former African American burial ground in Harlem.

Abigail DeVille’s artistic practice includes painting, sculpture, public performance, and site-specific installations. She is invested in storytelling that is rooted in her family’s legacy and she sheds light on issues such as racism, gentrification, and the threat of cultural erasure.

Past Muse Artists

ColorLab is made possible by Peggi Einhorn and Michael Lasky and family; The Pierre & Tana Matisse Foundation; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum Board of Trustees.

Freestyle Fridays in ColorLab is made possible in part by the Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund, which is generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and administered by Lincoln Center.