Namesake Exhibition at MOCHA

Stop by the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) to see the results of this collaborative community art project.

Oakland Boy showing his self potraitIt's not too late to see the Namesake Exhibition at MOCHA this year! Throughout October, National Family History Month, The Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) conducted art workshops at five Oakland Public Library branches and two senior centers on themes of family, culture, identity, and heritage. The result of the month-long venture is an intergenerational quilt of 250 10"x10" canvases that reflect the diversity, creativity, and imagination of Oakland residents. 

As part of this NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Big Read grant, MOCHA distributed 125 copies of The Namesake  by Jhumpa Lahiri, which tells the story of an Indian family who emigrates to the United and the challenges they face to maintain their sense of culture and identity in their new land. 

The experience of families at OPL branches has been transformational. "Our patrons have been loving this program," said Celia Jackson, a librarian at the West Oakland Library. "...some parents are doing this project alongside their children; there seems to be a deep bonding that happens as they talk about what they are doing - like what their faces look like, who they inherited their eyes from, whose hair they have."

Come see this expression of community history and heritage at MOCHA, through December 30.  MOCHA is located at 1625 Clay St in Oakland.  You can view the exhibit for free during business hours, Monday- Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-1pm.


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