Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Arts does more than help support the next generation of artists. They help kids express themselves through hands-on art experience, creating an avenue that leads lower-income children toward literacy, learning, and breaking through the achievement gap. We were saddened to find out that they’d lost funding for one of their most crucial programs: the Library Education and Art Program. LEAP partners with Oakland libraries, bringing arts education to local children at no cost. We stepped in to bring back this great program that is right in our backyard for the 2017-2018 school year, and we’re so honored to partner with this incredible organization.
Take a look at the art being created by these kids and you’ll understand: this program is priceless. For almost three decades, MOCHA has been supporting Oakland with creative inspiration, art education, and community building. These kids live in areas with rising rates of violence, and not only does LEAP offer a form of self-expression and art therapy, but it’s totally free for attendees. Neighborhood parents can count on their kids learning about the importance of art and libraries, and also relax a little for those few hours every week, knowing their kids are enjoying themselves safely. The program gives local children the chance to learn from professional Teaching Artists in their neighborhood, making this program a true force for good. You can check out the kids’ art — and smiles — in our photo series.
As part of Art.com’s sponsorship, MOCHA will also host FREE quarterly Art.com Days, giving local families the opportunity to find inspiration in MOCHA’s exhibitions, and turn that inspiration into creation at various art stations, taking home new masterpieces. The first Art.com Day will be held 10AM – 10PM on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Art.com’s support guarantees programming for the entire school year, but arts education could still use YOU. You can help MOCHA with a donation of any size, or back kids around the country by donating to the National Endowment For The Arts or the National Guild for Arts Education.