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Family ArtBash Sunday: Celebrating Authors Big and Small

Sunday, Mar 17, 2019 | 10am–3pm

ADMISSION: Free admission for two adults when accompanied by a visitor 18 and under, or a transition-aged young adult (18–22).

The CJM’s family festival days bring together all ages for art making, music, activities, dancing, and more! 

For more information, email or call 415.655.7881.

Celebrating Authors Big and Small

Join us as we celebrate books and reading at The CJM’s annual family day, presented in partnership with the SF Public Library and the San Francisco Unified School District. Create pop-up books, listen to stories alongside dogs, visit the San Francisco Public Library Green Bookmobile, check out student-made books, get grooving in a movement workshop, and take in a marionette show. Storytime and musical performance will be ASL interpreted.


The CJM is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our family audiences. ASL interpretation will be available from 11am-2pm. For all other questions about Access programs or resources, email, call 415.655.7856 (Relay calls welcome), or visit

Schedule of events

ASL Interpretation available from 11am–2pm.


Pop-Up Books with C.K. Itamura

Learn to make a fun pop-up book with C.K.Itamura from the Book Arts Roadshow Project.

Hands-on Making

Show Your Style with a variety of activities including temporary tattoo design, paper bead jewelry, and fabric design. Inspired by Purim and the exhibitions on view: Show Me as I Want to Be Seen and Lew the Jew and His Circle: The origins of American Tattoo.

Community Village

With San Francisco Public Library, Blick Art Materials, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, Lighthouse for the Blind, and PJ Library®

The Calming Corner

Relax, read, or play in a quiet and less-crowded space.

Art Pushcart

Play with our roving gallery guide and a collection of games, materials, and hands-on activities.


Green Bookmobile 

Visit the Green Bookmobile, get a new library card, and continue your exploration of books. Look for them in front of The Museum on Mission Street.


Cristian Rosas Storytelling

Come hear Cristian Rosas, a graduate of Bridging Communities through Alternative Communication (BCTAC), telling stories using  his high-tech communication device.


Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Celebration Exhibition

Come view the enchanting collection of books created by San Francisco public school students, from kindergarten through grade 12.


Aladdin with Fratello Marionettes

Puppeteer Kevin Mengus brings the story of Aladdin to life with his hand-crafted marionettes.


ASL Guided Tour

Join us for a guided ASL tour of our newest exhibition, Show Me As I Want To Be Seen, and discover the multitude of ways that artists are expressing their identity through art.


Storytimes with Puppy Dog Tales

Listen to a variety of children’s books, and meet the lovable canines from the San Francisco SPCA’s Puppy Dog Tales. 


Movement Workshop with Antoine Hunter's Urban Jazz Dance Company

Deaf dance master Antoine Hunter and dancers from his Urban Jazz Dance Company (UJDC) lead an energetic, fun-filled dance, movement and storytelling workshops for families. Discover the art of UJDC’s storytelling dance and create your own story too! The workshop is open to everyone—all-level signers, Deaf children, hearing children, and children of Deaf adults. ASL Interpreters will be provided and no prior dance experience necessary. 

Golden Gate Mothers Group (GGMG)

Golden Gate Mothers Group (GGMG) was founded in 1996 by a group of San Francisco moms. GGMG is a completely volunteer-run organization whose mission is to “nurture ourselves, our children, our partners and our community, and to create an environment of support, information sharing and connection.”  

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Media and Accessible Design Lab (MAD Lab) at Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

From printed information to physical space, the Media and Accessible Design Lab (MAD Lab) at Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired specializes in making the visual tactile and turning inaccessible experiences into inclusive ones. We are a team of designers and consultants specializing in braille, tactile maps, accessible venues and alternative media of many formats. Our overarching mission is to make visual information accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired.

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Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

Since 1982, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities has offered information, education, and parent-to-parent support free of charge to families and professionals of children with any kind of disability or special health care need in San Francisco. 

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Antoine Hunter
Director and Founder, Urban Jazz Dance Company

A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter is an award-winning internationally known African American Deaf choreographer, dancer, instructor, speaker and Deaf advocate who performs throughout the Bay Area and the world including Europe, Africa and South America. He is former president of Bay Area Black Deaf Advocates and Director-at-Large for Northern California Association of the Deaf. Hunter actively supports DeafHope, an organization whose mission is to end domestic and sexual violence in Deaf communities through empowerment and education. He teaches dance and ASL in both Hearing and Deaf communities, and is the founder/artistic director of Urban Jazz Dance Company. Since 2013, Hunter has been producing the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival, which was awarded an Isadora Duncan (Izzie) Award in 2018. His projects have been awarded funding by CA$H Theater Bay Area, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, California Arts Council and SF Arts Commission.

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Zahna Simon
Assistant Director, Dancer, Urban Jazz Dance Company

A San Francisco native and Deaf from birth, Zahna Simon is a professional dancer, chemist, avid health nutritionist, researcher, ASL performance consultant, Deaf advocate and Deaf interpreter. She is a former chemist by day at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and dancer by night at various Dance companies in San Diego including being featured in KPBS TV and Radio special "Deaf Dancer Performs in Trolley Dances. Simon is now the Assistant Director for both Urban Jazz Dance Company and the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival under Antoine Hunter, Founder and Director, and a full time office manager at a small Fiduciary Office in San Francisco.

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Leah Mendelson
Assistant Rehearsal Director, Dancer, Urban Jazz Dance Company

Leah Mendelson is a native of Israel, a traveler and explorer of arts and the world. Her artistic vision is one of communication, both verbal and non-verbal, and it has brought her to visit many countries and explore cities all over the world. Mendelson has from an early age been an ambassador for the Deaf, speaking to the press as a young dancer in the Bat-Kol dance group for Deaf and hearing youth dancers, lecturing in schools and conferences to raise awareness for the Deaf community in Israel, where she grew up, and simply in her way, everyday, ready to communicate and connect. All the varied and rich experiences- majority in dance in high school, as an actress in the Be'er Sheva Theatre, as a student of circus arts at Sandciel, as an avid swing dancer in Tel Aviv, have connected her to people through joy and movement. A significant part of this life process has been in the water as a certified Waterdance and Watsu therapist. The Urban Jazz Dance Company is a new and welcoming home for Mendelson—professional dance, joy, communicating with the audience and getting an important message out there.

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Linda Steele II
Dancer, Urban Jazz Dance Company

Linda Steele II formally trained at Marin Ballet before receiving her BFA from Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Dominican University of California. She is very honored to have met and worked with amazing artists such as Alonzo King, Drew Jacoby, Maurice Causey, Gregory Dawson, Maurya Kerr's tinypistol, Sidra Bell, Katie Faulkner, Amy Seiwert LEVYdance and recently with My-Linh Le's Mud Water Theater, Inside Out Contemporary Ballet, Antoine Hunter, Labayen Dance/SF and Anandha Ray, among others. She has choreographed and performed abroad in Europe with Corina Kinnear, MADE in France and others.


C.K.Itamura is the Creative Director of Phineas & Company, the Founder of the Book Arts Roadshow Project and an artist member of The Center for Book Arts.

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Cristian Rosas

Cristian Rosas is an adventurous young man who enjoys music, dancing, and outdoor activities. He likes snow skiing, playing baseball, and loves to go surfing every summer. He participates in the group Building Communities Through Alternative Communication (BCTAC) where he educates others about his use of a high tech communication device as he is unable to speak. He currently participates at Ability Now, an adult program in Oakland, CA and gives presentations at conferences about his life experience using augmentative and alternative communication.

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Puppy Dog Tales

San Francisco SPCA's Puppy Dog Tales Reading (PDT) Program promotes literacy in at-risk youth populations and works closely with school and library staff to stimulate a love of reading in children. Reading to an adult may seem overwhelming, so participants in this program read to therapy dogs. Reading becomes a sustained, individual activity that children eagerly anticipate. 

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Green Bookmobile

The Green Bookmobile runs on 20 percent biodiesel and is specially equipped with 4 solar panels, Fantastic Vents for green AC, skylights for natural light, sustainably forested wood, recycled content in carpet, and a hybrid generator (turning off when fully charged and back on when charge gets low). It has a special Green Stacks collection as well as a variety of juvenile, teen, and adult materials available for check out with an San Francisco Public Library card. The mobile library is able to circulate materials, create library cards, and provide the public with information about library services and programs.

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PJ Library®

PJ Library® sends free, award-winning books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children six months through eight years old.


Family Programs are made possible with major support from Bank of America and Koret Foundation. Supporting sponsorship is provided by Naomi and Jeffrey Caspe. Additional support comes from Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and Blick Art Materials.

Access Programs are made possible by major support from Wells Fargo Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by The Morse Family Foundation.

The Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition is made possible by Ullendorff Memorial Foundation and Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.