Stay Fresh- Make Your Mark

Dear MOCHA Friends and Family,

We are now winding down to the last days of 2018. What a year, what a ride. As we reflect on the past year we continue to realize our work in the lives of so many young people as they aspire to grow, learn and experience. Each year we come across young artists like Maximo who have made MOCHA their home away from home.

This place is special for me. It’s my favorite place to come and create. Every time is different.

Maximo has been coming to our summer art camps for four consecutive years. Each year he has engaged with new artistic mediums that enable him expand his knowledge in various practices. During his first summer he started by doing stop motion claymation. It was in this camp that we noticed Maximo’s keen ability to incorporate literacy and art, as he would make up characters and sketch them out. The back stories and the post-apocalyptic universe where the characters were on a mission to save the planet really demonstrated the depth and detail of Maximo’s imagination.

Like many other young artists who attend our camps, Maximo is here because he belongs. He is here because his interests can be playfully and technically explored through our programs. Young artists thrive in our environment because we provide structure while allowing children to be free in that form.

At the end of each year we ask you to donate to our general fund so that we can continue to build strong programs, invest in teaching artists, and to bring art to life in our community. Please take the time to Make A Mark and share your time, energy and resources to elevate our passion and commitment to making hands-on art making accessible to all.

In the word of Maximo, I think MOCHA is legendary. It’s an amazing space. Stay fresh.

Thank you,
Haldun Morgan
Director of Marketing

Clay St is CLOSED! We Moved!

Art is Moving to the Center

The Museum of Children’s Arts Moves to Oakland City Center

The Museum of Children’s Arts is excited to announce that we will be relocating to Oakland’s City Center this fall. Our presence at 1221 Broadway will usher in a new era for MOCHA as we initiate Art in the Center, a mix of our traditional exhibitions and programs complimented by new artistic endeavors designed to reach a wider audience. As we reflect on our last three decades of cultivating spaces for young people’s creative development, and look towards the future, MOCHA strives to continue our services of making hands-on art accessible to those who desire to create, explore and play within the world of art.

Our new location allows for expanded museum programs to serve more children as well as urbanites, families, educators, artists and senior citizens. With the development of over 6,000 residential units in and around downtown we anticipate that the growing population will provide MOCHA opportunities to reach new heights. Accessibility to MOCHA will be easier than ever as we will be situated adjacent to the City Center Parking Garage and steps away from the 12th Street BART/Oakland City Center entrance. Being centrally-located will increase our visibility and encourage people from all over the Bay Area to visit our museum.

Development of our new facility has been a collaboration between MOCHA staff, Colliers International Senior Vice President Nadine Whisnant and Vice President Gregory Hunter, the YHLA Architects firm and building landlords, 1221 Broadway Investors, LLC. The 6,600 square foot space is being built with the input of the organization and our needs in mind. We have embraced a functional and malleable spacial philosophy and will now have the ability to offer multiple programs simultaneously–from parties, workshops, and meetings–to retreats, field trips and camps. The new space will be conducive to featuring MOCHA’s community, youth and intergenerational art exhibitions which capture the diversity of the voices we connect with through our work in Oakland.

Construction on our new space has begun and we anticipate being open in January 2019. Art in the Center will start MOCHA’s next thirty year commitment to bringing quality hands-on arts experience to Oakland’s beautiful, colorful, vibrant, and artistic community.

MOCHA was founded in 1989 by Jill Vialet and Mary Marx to help families and communities celebrate the art and creativity of their children. The mission of MOCHA is to ensure that the arts are a fundamental part of the lives of all children through hands-on art experiences, arts training and curriculum for educators, and advocacy for the arts.