MOCA is a strong proponent of the transformative power of art. Since the inception of the museum, MOCA educators have worked with the community to use creative expression as a tool for better communication and empowerment.
Women on the Rise! is a unique gender-specific outreach program that presents the work of contemporary women artists such as Ana Mendieta and Carrie Mae Weems to teenage girls ages 12-18 who are served by social justice organizations such as Urgent, Inc. and Thelma Gibson Health Initiative, among others. MOCA educators visit these institutions and use contemporary art to inspire girls to engage in critical dialogues about body image, relationships, and culture through hands-on art projects, visits to exhibitions, and meetings with noted women artists. The goal of the program is to increase girls’ self-esteem, critical thinking skills, and access to arts and culture.
MOCA works closely with mentally and physically challenged children, teens and adults through partnerships with Jewish Community Services (JCS) of North Miami, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program. HeART to HeART is a unique, year-round program consisting of 90-minute workshops that include a tour of MOCA exhibitions and related hands-on art projects designed to improve social, cognitive and motor skills.