Art IS STEAM Equity Forum & Gala


On September 14, the MOCHA community will celebrate the success and achievements of its students and promote arts equity at our Art IS STEAM Equity Forum and gala at our new downtown Oakland location. We hope everyone will be inspired by the talks on how kids benefit from artistic creations and expressions, as well as reflections on our remarkable students’ progress.



Jill Vialet
Co-founder, MOCHA
Will discuss why MOCHA was created and why it is needed now more than ever.

Dr. Lonny Brooks
Professor, CSU East Bay
Will talk about the significance of early arts education and how it impacts students’ higher educational paths, including STEAM.

L. Karen Monroe
Superintendent, Alameda County Office of Education 
Will discuss the importance of art in early education and how partnerships with organizations like MOCHA play a critical role in children’s lives – helping to advance STEAM equity.


MOCHA will celebrate supporters of children’s access to arts education and building community for arts equity.

Marion Fredman Longtime Supporter Award– Mayor Libby Schaaf, City of Oakland
The Kaya Fortune Award– Keith K-Dub Williams, Teacher, Artist and Skateboarding Advocate
Jill Vialet Change Maker Award – Sameer Jha, The College Preparatory School
Mary Marx Trailblazer Award– Isha Clarke, Met West High School


*All proceeds from the event go to support the Museum of Children’s Art and the children we serve.


Tickets are available here or by contacting our museum office.


Museum Manager
510.465.8770 ext. 100