Los Angeles, CA (April 15, 2023) — In honor of World Art Day, KIPP SoCal Public Schools—one of the nation's largest and most successful nonprofit public charter school networks operating 24 tuition-free, open-enrollment TK to 8th-grade schools in Los Angeles and San Diego—is proud to announce that it will host its 17th annual Museum of KIPP Art (MOKA) showcase and auction on Thursday, June 1, 2023, from 6-9 p.m. at the California Science Center.
This year, it is estimated that more than 100 students and alums from across 18 KIPP SoCal schools will create, display and discuss their artwork at an engaging showcase and auction. All proceeds will benefit KIPP SoCal’s whole-child approach to a joyful, academically excellent, and enriching education.
MOKA is a beloved tradition that celebrates our exceptional student artists' innovation and creativity across KIPP SoCal while highlighting the importance of providing a well-rounded and immersive arts education. MOKA was founded in 2006 by Andy Hahn, a longtime art teacher at KIPP LA College Preparatory in Boyle Heights.
- What: Museum of KIPP Art (MOKA) Showcase + Auction
- Where: Wallis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center — 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037
- When: Thursday, June 1, 2023, from 6-9 p.m. — Tickets for the event will go on sale on Thursday, April 27, at kippsocal.org/moka.
- Why: Due to our experiences over the past few years, society is redefining and rebuilding our “new normal,” which will help grow and nurture the seeds of life for current and future generations. This year’s theme, “MOKA Life: Through the Eyes of a KIPPSter,” will encompass the essence of life and how it is shaped by the cultures and traditions within a community. Students will share individual, historical, local, and global perspectives on life through their original artwork. This theme also aligns with the 2023 World Art Day theme of "Art & Human Dignity: Human Rights and Healing Arts for a Culture of Peace," examining the positive impact of the arts in promoting global peace, human rights, health, and well-being.
About KIPP SoCal Public Schools
KIPP SoCal Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that operates 24 tuition-free, open-enrollment charter public schools, grades TK-8, within 20 Local Education Agencies. KIPP SoCal's award-winning schools educate students with a whole-child approach to learning and support over 10,000 students and 6,800 alumni to and through college.
KIPP SoCal Public Schools have won three National Blue Ribbon School awards, nine California Distinguished School awards, nine U.S. News & World Report “Best Schools” across the country awards, and 11 Top LA County Public School awards.
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