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The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami: (MOCA) Offers Robust Public Programming Throughout October

October 6, 2022

Through the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami continued efforts to include diverse perspectives, the museum is offering a robust series of educational and public programming throughout the month of October. MOCA’s October programming will include Figure Drawing, Art on the Plaza, Jazz at MOCA and Teen Art Force.

MOCA Makers: Figure Drawing
Saturday, October 8th, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MOCA Makers is a series of adult art workshops which bring forward an artistically interested public to work with and learn from local artists in South Florida. Topics such as figure drawing, printmaking and portrait painting are hosted for all levels of participants. Art Packs are available for purchase from the MOCA Shop. This October, MOCA will be studying Figure Drawing with Artist and Educator, Amanda Covach. MOCA Makers courses are made possible with support from the North Miami CRA. The event is Free and for more information, please visit:

MOCA at the Library
Thursday, October 13th, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
MOCA at the Library is a series of art classes seeking to engage teens in the vibrant world of Contemporary Art and are taught by Professional Artist, Melanie Olivia. Offered at the City of North Miami Public Library and at Brockway Memorial Library, this program is offered as an outreach to the community, presented by the MOCA Teen Art Force. MOCA at the Library is sponsored by The Kirk Foundation. The event is Free and registration will take place at the library.

Art on the Plaza: “To What Lengths”
October 14th, 2022 through January 20th, 2023
On view from October 14th, 2022 through January 20th, 2023, as part of MOCA’s Art on the Plaza Series, VantaBlack’s “To What Lengths,” will showcase a key component to her artistic practice by reflecting on legacy building and preservation as foundational to Black culture and other diasporic people. VantaBlack will explore how ideas about legacy are woven into everyday actions by activating five palm trees on the MOCA Plaza with large-scale braids, adorned with beads, metal, artificial Sunflowers and Gardenias. The braids of each tree will follow stylings representative of the women in VantaBlack’s family. At the base of each tree will be a round mat with cushions for seating, inviting viewers to engage with the work while looking up. The event is Free and open to the public outside on MOCA Plaza.

Jazz at MOCA Featuring Bryan Lynch
Friday, October 28th, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
“Jazz at MOCA” is MOCA’s Free Outdoor Concert Series in-person on the last Friday of every month. On Friday, October 28th, 2022 MOCA is pleased to present Grammy Award Winner Brian Lynch. Lynch is as comfortable negotiating the complexities of clave with Afro-Caribbean Pioneer, Eddie Palmieri as he is swinging through advanced harmony with Bebop Maestro, Phil Woods. An honored graduate of two of the Jazz World’s most distinguished Academies, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet, he has been a valued collaborator with Jazz Artists such as: Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Charles McPherson; Latin Music Icons as diverse as Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs; and Pop Luminaries such as Prince. He has released 19 critically acclaimed CDs and toured the world with various ensembles. He is currently a Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. His talents have been recognized by top placing in the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls (#3 Trumpet 2011 Critics Poll); highly rated reviews for his work in Downbeat, Jazziz and Jazz Times; 2005 and 2007 Grammy Award Nominations and Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and Meet The Composer. Jazz at MOCA is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit:

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA)
770 Northeast 125th Street, Miami, Florida 33161

About MOCA
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, 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.

Located in one of the most diverse communities in the country, MOCA North Miami welcomes 35,000 visitors per year and its Award-Winning Education Programs have served thousands of children and teens. MOCA North Miami exhibitions and programs are made possible with the continued support of the North Miami Mayor and Council and the City of North Miami, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The museum is supported by the Green Family Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Terra Foundation for American Art, National Endowment for the Arts, and individual donors.

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