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

Special Addition Summer Camps

Maker, Inventor, Creator, Artist

In this week long camp we will blur the lines between art, science and maker culture. Students will explore with familiar materials and objects to create their own contraptions, machines, inventions and art works. Each day campers will make and tinker to create a variety of projects, drawing robots (with motors) automatons that crank and move, play with light to create cyanotype photos, and learn about self-sustaining ecosystems by creating a living terrarium.

Campers aged 8 to 13
Class size is limited to 12-15 students
July 8-12, 2019, 9:00-3:30, pre- and after-care available
Cost: $400
Artist: Roxanne Padgett

Art, Design, and Construction

Art and Design camp will focus on re-thinking everyday objects and dabbling in art projects from a design perspective. In this camp we will use many different art materials to explore the world of design. Campers will build small furniture, design a “dream” room and learn some fun and basic perspective drawing skills. We will learn about influential designers such as Charles and Ray Eames and Edith Heath.

Campers aged 6 to 12
Class size is limited to 12-15 students
Date: July 22-26, 2019 from 9:00-3:30, pre- and after-care available
Cost: $400
Artist: Margo Hoover

Little Artist Camp

MOCHA now offers a week long day camp for younger Artists! Students will get to discover and make art that is designed specially for this younger age group using a variety of materials, paint, paper, clay and mixed media. Additionally, students will have a morning circle, story time and have outdoor play each day

Campers aged 4½ to 6. Children must be 4½ on the first day of camp.
Class size is limited to 12-15 students, pre- and after-care available
August 5-9, 2019, 9:00-3:30, pre- and after-care available
Cost: $400
Artist: Ashley Aaron