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Back to School with Contemporary Art Start

This year, despite the disruption of COVID, we’re partnering with over 100+ classrooms in 34 schools and 5,000 students. Our fall classes are full! We’re doing it through Contemporary Art Start, MOCA’s award-winning school program which partners with teachers to connect students to the life-altering power of art.

Click the video below to learn more.

Your fully tax-deductible donation of any amount makes a huge difference and allows MOCA to continue our educational support including professional development for teachers, in-class curriculum support, public programming, and an emphasis on community building and critical dialogue. 

  • $500 purchases classroom sketchbook supplies
  • $1,000 supports one Contemporary Art Start professional development session
  • $5,000 will cover the cost of a yearlong partnership with one Contemporary Art Start classroom

“Contemporary Art Start has provided me with highly effective training in Visual Thinking Strategies, allowing me to facilitate rich, deep, collaborative student conversations.”

– Pasquale Petix, Teacher at Lankershim Elementary

A message from Catherine Arias, Director of Education & Visitor Engagement: 

This school year, Contemporary Art Start has imaginatively reinvented MOCA’s long tradition of partnering with teachers. With coaching by our caring and highly skilled staff, our partner teachers are connecting deeply with their students and challenging themselves to have critical conversations around works of art that address timely topics.

The strength of this program is always centered around MOCA's ongoing engagement with teachers through yearlong partnerships that extend an average of three years. We coach them to facilitate inclusive discussions around works of art and build a dynamic community of educators who share strategies for integrating visual arts seamlessly across the curriculum. This is a program where students, teachers, and our educators alike embark on a learning journey to develop skills in listening to one another, building language fluency, and seeing things through others' eyes. It has always been much more than a field trip program, and this has never been more true or more important.

“I've noticed the difference in my students as they are participating, engaging in conversation ... listening to each other’s thoughts and opinions about what they see in the artwork. It has been a really wonderful addition to this time as we’re doing distance learning.”

– Sofia Mas, Teacher at Roosevelt High