In 1988, our co-founders, Jill Vialet and Mary Marx committed to bringing arts education programs to East Bay schools and communities. MOCHA’s presence is felt in vulnerable communities, in public and private schools, in libraries, and at our Oakland based studios and gallery.
Kaya Fortune - Founding Teaching Artist
Kaya has been a teaching artist in the Bay Area for 30 years. He is a visual artist who exhibits his work nationally, a fashion designer with his own menswear line, and the co-founder of an artist collective called Soul Salon 10.
Danielle has been creating as well as teaching art to children for the past 15 years. She enjoys implementing her extensive studio art and art history background in all of her classes and lessons. Danielle strives to help young artists express themselves through various mediums and create original masterpieces that they can be proud of.
Jill is an active artist and art teacher in the urban environment of Oakland. She has a MA in Arts Education with formal training in painting, drawing, and printmaking, and has taught art to diverse populations for 15 years. She designed JMAC to help facilitate her expertise in the art world and to guide students in developing their creative voice. JMAC is unique because of Jill’s creative talent and empathy for urban youth.
Lena has been creating art all of her life. In her childhood years, her parents joked that she would grab a brush or a crayon rather than a fork or a spoon. During her teenage time, she picked fine arts painting as her area of study in specialized art middle school, high school in South Korea and later at an arts college in the United States.
Mary Lawrence is a Fire Artist, Art Educator, Founder of Evolve with Mary, and Co-Founder of Lohikäärme a local interior design company. She brings a wealth of experience and has an undeniable passion for teaching, creating Science-based art, and traveling. Mary attended the Art Institute of California – SF