News Brief: MOCA Offers Free Summer Programs for Kids

High School students are invited to develop their writing, photography and studio skills this summer at the MOCA Art Institute’s annual FREE Summer Journalism Institute, Summer Photojournalism Institute and Summer Studio.  This exceptional opportunity offers teens ages 13-19, the chance to learn valuable skills and prepare for real-world experiences in a professional field.

Summer Journalism Institute will be held from June 17 through July 5.  Working with professional writer, editor and educator Hunter Braithwaite, students will learn investigative techniques and interviewing strategies by working on assignments and a comprehensive group project. Excursions to local destinations for reporting purposes will also be offered.  Summer Journalism Institute will meet from 1-5 pm, Monday through Friday.

In Summer Photojournalism Institute, held from July 8 to July 26.,  students will learn photography techniques, journalism skills and study the history of documentary photography. Select work will be published in the MOCAZINE, the museum annual literary arts journal. Classes are taught by professional journalists and photographers, and will meet from 1 pm to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Back by popular demand is MOCA Art Institute’s FREE Summer Studio during which high school students develop artistic techniques and skills in a variety of media. Held July 29 to August 16, participating students will develop pieces suitable for portfolios, as well as learn processes to approaching visual problems and conceptual thinking.  Students will travel to local destinations to create work inspired by their surroundings.  Participants will be encouraged to explore and experiment with new materials and ways of communicating ideas visually.  Summer Studio inspires students and prepares them for real-world experiences as aspiring artists.  Enriching and fun, the three-week program is a great opportunity for motivated students from all area schools.  Interested students must apply by June 7.

Applications are available at the museum or on the museum’s web site www.mocanomi.org or by calling 305 893 6211.   Space is limited (25 students per session) and community service credit is available.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami. Admission is $5; $3 for students with ID and seniors and free for children under 12, and residents of North Miami.

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