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Complete with soaring ceilings and Corinthian columns, the 1920s high rise offers 5,000 square feet of space that is more museum than office space. The new location is part of a full makeover for MOCHA, which includes a reorganized team and a clearer vision.
"It will barely scratch the surface of what we need," McCoy said of the fundraiser. "We've got to pay the architect, become ADA compliant, child and artist friendly, lighting, operational costs aside from applying for capital grants, there's nothing the city could offer us."
a member of MOCHA's team for the past 17 years, has seen firsthand the effect art can have on students in unstable areas.
depressing, and there's no time for enrichment activities," she said. ". This is a safe haven where they can focus on creativity and process some emotional stuff."
"We want to change our focus. We're really inspired by participatory museums," Chatterji said. "Rather than a passive viewer, the art is in the person. We're also creating a space for teens to come in and maybe an 'after dark' event for parents in the near future."
"I walked by this building and thought, 'I have to have this,'" said MOCHA's new Executive Director Quincy McCoy.
Interior renovations have been planned by Gyroscope Inc., whose projects include the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the San Francisco Zoo Lemur Forest.
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"Sometimes it's the principal that comes to us," Padgett said. "We're filling a niche. Due to budget cuts, that (art) is what gets cut."
OAKLAND The historic landmark at 1625 Clay St. is now home to Oakland's Museum of Children's Art, and the staff couldn't be happier.
Children's art museum undergoing a makeover at new Uptown location
"I'm here to turn this ship into calmer waters," said McCoy, who left his position as chief of operations for Salon Studio to join MOCHA in December. "MOCHA's not in good shape. Not having an executive leader for five years and no developer work means some foundations have abandoned us."
MOCHA's look might be changing, but the mission to teach through art has remained constant. While providing a brick and mortar space Omega Seamaster Square for creating, MOCHA also offers Professional Development workshops for teachers interested in integrating art into other subject areas.
MOCHA had raised $6,688 as of Friday out of a goal of $30,000 through its Indiegogo campaign.
about civil rights last year, and Emory Douglas of the Black Panther Party did a lot of propaganda posters. The kids created their own posters and wrote down the things that made them feel oppressed on a daily basis," Leticia said. "Using art to model things in life is helpful for kids. If we weren't here, some of these kids wouldn't be exposed to art at all."
Chatterji said that many of the kids they serve have experienced violent crime.
"Sometimes, it's like there's so much grief in a kid's life, and art is a place for them to breathe," Padgett said. "It's a way for them to express themselves. I cannot imagine them not having that outlet to express themselves, whether it's grief, rage, happiness."
With its 25th anniversary approaching, MOCHA's commitment to bringing quality art experiences to Oakland's youth is stronger than ever but in need of an update, said Development Consultant Promita Chatterji.
Rather than teach 20 children, Padgett says she would rather teach adults and reach a greater number of children through professional development.
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One project developed by teaching artist Leticia Padgett focused on the concept of oppression.
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