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School Residencies

Oakland’s Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) School Programs bring sequential, standards-based arts learning to students in grades PreK-8 throughout Oakland and the Bay Area. 


MOCHA School-based programming students are 24% African American, 41% Latino, 15% Asian/Pacific Islander, 8% Caucasian, 12% identify as biracial, with 55% speaking a language other than English in the home and over 73% having families living at or below the Federal Poverty Level. A large percentage of MOCHA’s School Programs are in Title One schools where many children and families qualify for free or reduced lunch programs and are often located in areas with food deserts and identified by Oakland City Council as in “need of services." In many of these areas, there is limited funding for arts or other enrichment programming despite the fact that research shows that access to arts education is often a key indicator of future success.


MOCHA programs emphasize outreach to Oakland neighborhoods and schools where the majority of students are from low resourced communities, perform below academic testing, and are from families with limited resources to procure enrichment services.

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Artists in Residency

Our Teaching Artists design and implement age appropriate and engaging art lessons for the classroom setting. We collaborate with your staff to create curriculum to fit the needs of your school.

Arts Connect Program

This program is in partnership with OUSD and funded by the Department of Education that utilizes visual and poetry arts to explore and examine identity, culture, and community.

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Art for Educators

A hands-on workshop for professionals interested in learning the basics of visual arts and how to integrate art in the classroom, home, and/or community program setting. No previous art experience is necessary for this workshop.

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