MOCA Relaunches In-Person Public Programs

From adult art classes to story time for toddlers, the North Miami art museum has programs for art lovers of all ages

MOCA Summer Arts Camp 2018, photo courtesy of MOCA
MOCA Summer Arts Camp. Photo courtesy of MOCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) relaunched its public programming for children and adults in-person and on-site at the museum. After postponing the programs to accommodate COVID safety, the museum will once again host its array of free creative art programs for art lovers of all ages. 

Amanda Covach, MOCA’s curator of education, creates the museum’s educational programs for audiences of all ages and learning styles. The museum’s programs serve families, students (especially teens) in kindergarten to twelfth grade, adults, members, and people with disabilities. Programs include: MOCA Teen Art Force, MOCA Makers, Sunday Stories, and MOCA miniMakers. 

“We are delighted to have our education classes, camps and programming back on-site and in-person,” said Covach. “During the past year and a half, we shifted our education and public programming online, which significantly increased our engagement, reaching people in places that we wouldn’t have been able to engage with in the past. However, nothing can replace the experience of being in a museum, connecting with the community and the sense of togetherness.”

MOCA’s upcoming programming includes:

Photo courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
Photo courtesy of MOCA

MOCA Teen Art Force

This free after school multidisciplinary art program provides students with­ a foundation in the visual arts. Students ages 13-17 will learn from trained local artists and develop new skills in a variety of courses, including drawing, textile design, sculpture, and printmaking. This year, students will have the opportunity to put together a fashion show featuring their creations. They will also learn how to create their own digital portfolio website. MOCA Teen Art Force is made possible with the generous support of Miami-Dade County and the Children’s Trust.

Teen Art Force classes are Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. Session dates are as follows:

  • Session 1: October 4 to December 17
  • Session 2: January 3 to March 18, 2022
  • Session 3: March 28 to May 27, 2022

MOCA Makers

MOCA Makers features a series of free art workshops from 1-3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month for adults. Students of all levels can learn a variety of art techniques, including figure drawing, printmaking, portrait painting, and more. Attendees are welcome to bring a friend and their own art supplies, or purchase art packs from the MOCA Shop. Register for sessions here. MOCA Makers is made possible with the generous support of the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and in partnership with Commissioner.

Upcoming MOCA Makers sessions include:

  • Portrait Painting with Lucia Morales on December 11
  • Printmaking with Lazaro Amaral on January 8
  • Figure Drawing with Amanda Covach on February 12
  • The Art of Paper with Shawna Moulton on March 12
  • Portrait Painting with Lucia Morales on April 9

MOCA Sunday Stories

Join MOCA on the first Sunday of every month for story time, followed by a DIY early childhood-level art project. Sponsored by the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency, this program engages toddlers to foster reading, motor skill development, and socialization. MOCA Sunday Stories is also great way for children to bond with their parents or guardians as they create together. 

MOCA miniMakers

MOCA miniMakers is MOCA’s free and inclusive series of art workshops for children ages 6 and older. Children will have access to a variety of art techniques, as well as an inclusive curriculum incorporating step-by-step guides, STEAM activation, and creative free play. Taught by experienced artists, MOCA miniMakers aims to foster an accessible spirit of learning through the arts.

MOCA miniMakers runs from 2-4 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month (the next is January 1) and is made possible with the generous support of North Miami CRA. Register here

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