MOCA Community Day (image courtesy MOCA Sunday Studio, photo by Sean MacGillivray)

An initiative that began last year, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Community Day is an opportunity for the museum to turn outward and examine the effect that it can have on the community beyond its walls. This year’s focus is on youth affected by Los Angeles’s homelessness crisis, which finds its most visible manifestation in the tents and temporary shelters that line the sidewalks just blocks from the museum. MOCA has partnered with several organizations to present an afternoon of performances and workshops that explore how creative experiences can lead to change.

For the past 30 years, the Skid Row Housing Trust has provided permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness, extreme poverty, disability, and mental illness. For their Community Day project, they’ll be holding a mosaic art workshop with Piece by Piece, where attendees can make mosaic picture frames to be included in Welcome Home Kits for new SRHT residents.

My Friend’s Place supports homeless youth on their path to self-sufficiency. They offer sewing workshops, helping youth to mend their own clothes while teaching them a valuable skill. Handmade items that they create are sold at the Corner Collective, turning their skill into an income-generating endeavor. For Community Day, visitors will have the opportunity to sew and shop for wares at the Corner Collective Pop-Up.

Led by artists Ako Castuera, Kris Chau, and Hellen Jo, Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects will host a mask- and zine-making booth. Titled “Folk Medic,” it aims to provide kids and teens the chance to find creative expression and connection through their work, something not always accessible to those for whom shelter and sustenance are not guaranteed.

When: Sunday, June 2, noon–4pm
Where: The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) (152 N. Central Ave., Downtown, Los Angeles)

More info at MOCA.

The Latest

Required Reading

This week, the Webb space telescope wows, übernovels, crappy pigeon nests, the problem with “experts,” and much more.

Matt Stromberg

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, CARLA, Apollo, ARTNews, and other publications.