The MOCA to Host Free Teen Art Force Program for the Upcoming 2022-23 School Year


The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) is kicking off the school year with its Teen Art Force Program for the 2022-23 school year. MOCA Teen Art Force is a one-of-a-kind, free, multidisciplinary art program that provides students with a foundation in the visual arts. Teen Art Force has been serving the North Miami community for over 20 years and is made possible with support from The Kirk Foundation. Every Monday through Friday after school, teenagers ages 13 through 17 are invited to tour MOCA exhibitions while experimenting with a variety of creative art and design techniques and creating their own artwork in a museum environment.

The Teen Art Force Program is taught by experienced Miami-based artist-educators who will provide age-appropriate instruction and activities that are inspired by contemporary art. The program themes focus on fashion, textile design, drawing, portfolio development, digital art, printmaking, art journalism, photography and more. Students will also complete service projects, attend field trips to fellow art institutions, develop an art portfolio and have the opportunity to showcase their work at MOCA.

A week at MOCA Teen Art Force includes:

Monday: Fashion and Textile Design

  • Students will gain the experience of a fashion designer by studying fashion trends, sketching their own designs and creating clothing and accessories for the MOCA shop and showcase. They will participate in an end of the year Fashion Show, where they can exhibit their designs on stage.

Tuesday: Drawing and Portfolio Development

  • This class will help students prepare and acquire basic skills for student or professional portfolios by either enhancing existing work or creating work that will help fortify any future college or job applications. Some of the skills taught will be gestural and figurative drawing, still life painting and other foundation projects.

Wednesday: Mixed Media

  • Students are invited to combine their love for art techniques from collaging, assemblage, handbuilding with clay, 3D designs and video art. This course will expand one’s understanding of multidisciplinary arts.

Thursday: Digital Art and Printmaking

  • Students will delve into the world of digital art and animation by expanding their understanding of printed works. They will explore traditional and contemporary styles of printmaking and make their digital work come to life through editions of work, screen printing on apparel and other commercial applications.

Friday: Art Journalism and Photography

  • Master today’s most marketable skills needed in the professional art world and beyond with this course. Students will learn the basics of photography and digital media such as Photoshop, InDesign and other software while creating the annual MOCAzine. The MOCAzine is a culmination of art interviews, off-site field trips to galleries, spotlights on location, poetry and typography.


MOCA will host three sessions, Monday – Friday, 4-6 p.m.

  • Session 1: October 3 – December 23, 2022
  • Session 2: January 9 – March 17, 2023
  • Session 3: March 27 – May 26, 2023


Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA)

770 NE 125th Street

Miami, FL 33161




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About the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

MOCA North Miami presents contemporary art and its historical influences through exhibitions, educational programs, and collections. Inspired by its surrounding communities, MOCA connects diverse audiences and cultures by providing a welcoming place to encounter new ideas and voices and nurturing a lifelong love of the arts. MOCA developed from the Center of Contemporary Art which was inaugurated in 1981. The establishment of the permanent collection coincided with the institution’s move into their current building designed by Charles Gwathmey of GSNY in 1996.

Under the direction of Executive Director Chana Sheldon and a newly installed Board of Trustees, MOCA premiered AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018. AFRICOBRA: Nation Time, the next chapter of the exhibition, was selected as an official Collateral Event of Biennale Arte 2019 in Venice, Italy. Original exhibitions include: My Name is Maryan curated by Alison Gingeras (2021),

Michael Richards: Are You Down? co-curated by Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin (2021), Raul de Nieves: Eternal Return and The Obsidian Heart curated by Risa Puleo (2020), and Alice Rahon: Poetic Invocations curated by Teresa Arcq (2019).


Teen Art Force is made possible with major support from The Kirk Foundation.

MOCA North Miami is generously funded by​ the North Miami Mayor and Council and the City of North Miami; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes). MOCA is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional support is provided by the Fine & Greenwald Foundation; The Nathan Cummings Foundation; and the Sol Taplin Charitable Foundation. Founding support for the MOCA Sustainability Fund provided by the Green Family Foundation Trust. Major support provided by Shirley and William M. Lehman, Jr. We also thank our Board of Trustees, Curator’s Circle, and MOCA Members for their meaningful support.​