MOCHA is committed to bringing arts education programs to East Bay schools & communities.

What MOCHA Does

Schools 

Engaging students in a range of visual arts disciplines that connect with

their interests and studies and

deepen their understanding through exposure to a diversity of periods, styles and cultures

Libraries

MOCHA’s Afterschool Art at the Library Program directly aligns with our mission to provide meaningful arts learning opportunities to children who are at risk academically and/or reside in communities underserved by the arts and cultural programming

Community

MOCHA emphasizes outreach to culturally, linguistically and economically diverse populations in communities that do not typically have wide access to the arts.

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"Arts subjects encourage self-expression and creativity and can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity; studying arts subjects also help to develop critical thinking and the ability to interpret the world around us.” - Tate.org

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MOCHA's CORE VALUES

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Fostering imagination and nurturing original ideas is foundational to MOCHA’s operations.

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MOCHA exists to facilitate and strengthen connections between all members of our community, including students, teachers, parents, educators, staff, administrators, local officials & beyond.

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“No” is a word we try to avoid. At MOCHA, when there is an opportunity that supports our community and our mission, we always look for the “Yes” in every situation.

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At MOCHA, all of our work is in the service of ensuring access to the arts for everyone, especially those who are historically underserved.

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Upcoming Events

  • Community Futures School
    Tue, Jun 01
    Oakland
    Jun 01, 8:00 AM – Aug 01, 12:00 PM
    Oakland, 1221 Broadway LL-49, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
    Community Futures School students will develop agency in futures literacy by creating a set of future prototypes as art, 3D models and forecasting games to exhibit regularly at MOCHA Porch Talks, publish a community accessible report and create an interactive website to showcase youth & community..
  • Summer Camp - She Created, Showcasing Female Architects
    Jun 14, 8:00 AM – Jun 19, 12:00 PM
    Oakland, 1221 Broadway LL-49, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
    June 14, 2021 - June 18, 2021 Campers will learn the basics of architecture, focusing on female architects. Spotlighting vocabulary, journaling, & literacy components daily. After our deep dive into the history and basic terms, campers will be challenged to plan, design, and create their very own...
  • Summer Camp - In Motion – Art & Movement
    Jun 21, 8:00 AM – Jun 25, 3:00 PM
    Oakland, 1221 Broadway LL-49, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
    June 21, 2021 - June 25, 2021 Let go and create. This camp will explore the science of alternative methods of creating art using unique “brushes” like feet, elbows, hair, forearms, and fingers. Encouraging campers to use their entire body to create art. We will also be studying: kinetic art, mobiles
  • Porch Talk Take 12: Afrofuturism
    Sat, Jun 26
    https://www.mocha.org/porchtalkseries
    Jun 26, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    https://www.mocha.org/porchtalkseries
    More than ever, our everyday situations and lived experiences need to be examined and interrogated. The ways in which we communicate, share, and build common language must be reevaluated. Whiteness must be exposed. Just as porch talks gather neighbors and friends to share life, MOCHA’s monthly talk.
  • Summer Camp - The Art of Poetry
    Jun 29, 8:00 AM – Jul 03, 3:00 PM
    Oakland, 1221 Broadway LL-49, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
    June 29, 2021 - July 2, 2021 Let art inspire your words. Campers will enjoy daily journaling (writing and drawing), create identity portraits, and sculpture. Focusing on world events and using words and art alike as self-expression. Let art inspire your words and let your words inspire your art.
  • Summer Camp - Elements of Art
    Jul 06, 8:00 AM – Jul 10, 3:00 PM
    Oakland, 1221 Broadway LL-49, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
    July 6, 2021 - July 10, 2021 Campers explore line, shape, texture, form, space, color, and value with unique art projects while incorporating literacy components like daily journaling and vocabulary. Young artists will explore the elements of art and engage in a variety of art-making techniques. Stu
  • Summer Camp - Textiles & Sewing
    Jul 12, 8:00 AM – Jul 16, 12:00 PM
    Oakland, 1221 Broadway LL-49, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
    July 12, 2021 - July 16, 2021 Delving into the origin of textiles, while learning current and ancient techniques like weaving and french knitting. Campers will also create their own patterns and textile designs inspired by contemporary and historical inspiration
  • Summer Camp - Mixed Media
    Mon, Jul 19
    Oakland
    Jul 19, 8:00 AM – Jul 24, 3:00 PM
    Oakland, 1221 Broadway LL-49, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
    July 19, 2021 - July 23, 2021 Campers are in for a treat with a mixed media camp! They will be painting, collaging, drawing, and assembling unique pieces of art. Campers will learn how to combine materials and techniques to individually express themselves through art.
  • Summer Camp - The Science of Color
    Jul 26, 8:00 AM – Jul 30, 3:00 PM
    Oakland, 1221 Broadway LL-49, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
    July 26, 2021 - July 30, 2021 Everyone knows what their favorite color is, but do you know where colors come from and how colors are created? Campers will get to be part artists, part scientists, investigating color theory through light and pigment. Everyone will create a color journal where they...
  • Summer Camp - Fashion
    Mon, Aug 02
    Oakland
    Aug 02, 8:00 AM – Aug 06, 3:00 PM
    Oakland, 1221 Broadway LL-49, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
    August 2, 2021 - August 6, 2021 Welcome to Fashion Camp!!! Campers will be challenged to express themselves through fashion using a variety of materials and techniques. Get ready for daily journaling, creative collective brainstorming, and deconstruction of how we currently view fashion and what...
  • Summer Camp - Kids Can Code
    Mon, Aug 09
    Oakland
    Aug 09, 8:00 AM – Aug 14, 3:00 PM
    Oakland, 1221 Broadway LL-49, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
    August 9, 2021 - August 14, 2021 Each camper will receive their own laptops to use at MOCHA where they will learn Python, a simple programming language, focusing on a very basic understanding of software engineering. Literacy & art will be integrated daily. This isn’t just a coding camp, we will...
  • Summer Camp - The Wonderful World of Plants (1)
    Aug 16, 8:00 AM – Aug 20, 12:00 PM
    Oakland, 1221 Broadway LL-49, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
    August 16, 2021 - August 20, 2021 To plant a seed is to believe in tomorrow. During this camp, students will discover the science and art of plants. From germinating seeds to observing and creatively capturing plant life-cycle and much more. Students will print with beet juice, design succulent....

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