Symbols are visual expressions that replace written or spoken language. They convey meaning through a compact arrangement of images, shapes, colors, and lines.

Held in conjunction with the Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols exhibition, this family program invites participants to create a unique symbol for a wearable button to express themselves. More interactive activities are available throughout the exhibition.

Drop in anytime during these sessions
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to noonSession 2: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Program Length:  No set time, enjoy as much time as you need.
Interactivity Level: High
Intended Audience: Youth ages 5-12 with their adult guardian/family.  No previous design knowledge is required. Material will be presented at a K-6th grade level.

Family Programs are designed for youth and their adult guardian/caregivers. Free with museum admission; admission is free for children under 18 with an adult. No registration required, first come, first served. Adults must stay with their youth during the activity and are encouraged to participate. Activity located in the Process Lab, 1st Floor.


This in-person program will be a hands-on design workshop with drawing, cutting, and gluing actions. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at


Family Programs are made possible with generous support from The Hirsch Family Foundation and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.