Educators Open House

January 27, 2013 / 11:00am5:00pm

Free with ID / Registration Recommended

Get to know the new Museum of Contemporary Art during this two-day event, especially for educators, and discover the many ways learning happens at MOCA Cleveland. As a Museum without a collection, changing exhibitions offers opportunities for students to hone critical thinking skills, shape personal voice, and to work collaboratively. For this first Educator Open House in MOCA’s iconic new building, break out sessions will demonstrate ways for teachers to utilize new new art and cutting edge architecture into classroom and museum visits. Educators can drop in anytime over the weekend but are encouraged to register for breakout sessions on art conservation, inspired geometry, exhibition tours, sound experiments, art making workshops, or  to learn about free preK-12 tours and transportation assistance.  

Read more about the breakout sessions below and register at and call 216.421.8671 with questions.
This event is free to educators with a school ID. All educators receive free museum admission and a contemporary art resource packet. Open to educators of all disciplines and age groups.
SUNDAY / 11:30am 
Welcome + Education Program Introductions
Did you know MOCA offers preK-12 groups free admission, guided tours, and transportation assistance?  This short presentation introduces the exSCHOOLsive Hours, teacher resources, utilizing museum education rooms, and how to customize activities to meet your curriculum goals. 
SUNDAY / 12-1pm
Exhibition + Architecture Tour
Explore the inaugural exhibition, Inside Out and From the Ground Up featuring artwork which activates, imagines, or projects into real or imagined space. This inquiry-based tour, led by MOCA educators, demonstrates MOCA’s approach to gallery teaching using the Visual Thinking Strategies method.
SUNDAY / 1:15-2pm
Art Handling 101
Caretaker to the art, Kate Montlack, tours the professional art handling areas of the museum. Get to know the hygrothermograph, tip-n-tell, condition reports, and conservation troubleshooting. MOCA’s Registrar, Kate will also share her academic path to this important role within the curatorial department. 
SUNDAY / 2:15-3pm
Inspired Geometry 
MOCA Cleveland’s iconic new building is viewed through the lens of mathematician Carrie Barnabei, from Montessori High School at UCI, for a guided investigation of the Museum's angles, shapes, volumes, and lines. Open to all but Math and Art educators are especially encouraged to help shape the post-tour discussion to create an integrated lesson. 
SUNDAY / 3:15-4pm
Middle Schoolers @ MOCA
Art educator at Believe to Achieve Academy, Leslie McCombs, demonstrates activities and lessons, inspired by contemporary art and MOCA’s architecture and drawn from the Core Standards, especially for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Get to know the many ways MOCA is just right for your middle school students. 
SUNDAY / 3:15-4pm
Symbol of Education (Art Making)
Roll up your sleeves to create a personal expression of the value of teachers in this art production workshop. Led by MOCA educators, teachers discuss their role as teachers, impact on students, and how to stay inspired. Take home and display your artwork as a reminder of the important work you do each day.