The Met Partners With Citymeals On Wheels To Bring Art To NYC's Homebound & Elderly

by Christie Grimm · June 9, 2021

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Citymeals on Wheels are partnering forces to bring a wonderfully creative treat to older, homebound adults throughout New York City. 

    Each month “Your Met Art Box” is sent to over 1,000 Citymeals recipients and volunteers. 

    The box, whose contents are tied to a Met-inspired theme, features four art cards with full-color images of works from the Museum's permanent collection, along with questions and activities to encourage seniors to explore the art world from the comfort of home. Also included in the box is a booklet of bonus information about each featured work, and two stamped, large-format postcards that act as free passes to the Museum. 

    “Art has the power to heal communities,” said Heidi Holder, Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chair of Education at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “and these conversations between Citymeals volunteers and older adults centered around these masterpieces strengthen connections between people. Already, some recipients are using their passes to visit The Met with their friends and family, reconnecting with loved ones as our city re-emerges. We look forward to building on these relationships with our New York neighbors and making our collection accessible to all.”

    Last month's theme “The Art of Refreshment,” included tea from local Chinatown business Grand Tea & Imports as well as tea tasting and drawing activities.

    “Your Met Art Box” is made possible by donations to The Met’s Education Department in honor of the Museum’s 150th anniversary. Give the gift of art and donate today!