TEENS! MOCA wants to hear your voice!


What part of your community would you like to improve on or see change? How can art and public spaces like museums support you in your efforts? Develop your voice and skills to make creative social change this summer at MOCA’s teen program, "Here, Our Voices." Weekly art experiences will begin in the galleries at MOCA, exploring the art and artists on view. This will include discussions, writing, and hands-on creating. Then, we will go outside of the museum to explore art venues and studios around Cleveland. Finally, the teen cohort will create a public program designed by and for teens.


This program is designed for teens entering 11th or 12th grade this fall that have an interest in art, design, writing, and culture. You do not need to be a visual artist to participate in this program. The program will take place at MOCA Cleveland (11400 Euclid Avenue) and at offsite area arts venues. The cohort meets Sunday’s from 12-3 pm and select Friday nights July through October 2017. Transportation can be provided to all offsite venues, and participants may request transportation support for the MOCA meetings as well.

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Applications are being accepted now through Saturday July 1, 2017. Space is limited. Teens of all backgrounds, interests, and abilities are encouraged to apply. 

Here, Our Voices: Teens for Social Change

This summer, MOCA will convene a group of teens from Cleveland to develop and deepen each of their unique voices in productive and meaningful ways. Here, Our Voices is a weekly program that provides youth with mentorship, skill building, and opportunities to create relevant experiences for and with their peers. Although a new initiative for MOCA, collaborating with teens has been a regular practice since 2012 when the new building opened. The Arts and Culture Enterprise (ACE) was a yearlong experience that connected youth with museum staff and introduced them to program and exhibition development. Success stories across 3 years of successful ACE cohorts include students’ pursuing higher degrees in art history, fine art, and art education, others working at MOCA and other cultural organizations part-time, and most regularly attending cultural events of all kinds.

Here, Our Voices takes the best of the original ACE teen program, intensifies the learning and collaboration, and introduces new players. The group will be led by a Creative Facilitator, an artist-educator who will both mentor and motivate the participants. At MOCA, the cohort will hone new skills in art interpretation by diving into the artworks and artists featured in Constant as the Sun. Working alongside museum staff, teens will learn about the many professional roles related to exhibition and program production. Unlike the ACE groups, this cohort will also travel, hitting the road to visit organizations and neighborhoods that comprise Cleveland’s thriving art community. Trips to commercial galleries, community maker spaces, and public art organizations, among others, will give students a big picture understanding of the broad range of opportunities and perspectives within our local art ecology.


Woven into every meeting and activity will be opportunities for participants to create and share words and creative actions that respond to, build on, and advance contemporary culture. Through Here, Our Voices, they will further develop and utilize their voice in responsible, effective, and productive ways. The many summer experiences will culminate with a group-designed, social practice-inspired public program inspired by MOCA’s next For Freedom’s Town Hall event in September. The teen culminating event will demonstrate the ways in which the teens have given constructive voice to their concerns and dreams, as well as offer opportunities for audiences to share their own.  All are welcome and invited to participate in Here, Our Voices final public event on Saturday, October 7, 2017.