Voice of the People is one of the reasons I love being at MOCA Jacksonville. The students at R.L. Brown deserve a round of applause for all their hard work. For some students, the writing portion was tougher than nails, but they persevered and made outstanding progress. One student in particular--I'll call him “Devin”--believed he was terrible at writing and couldn't focus and finish anything he tried to write. I could relate to his frustration. I worried he was going to shut down and give up. Then I heard him record his audio guide and was overcome with joy by his amazing and compelling insights about a drawing by John Walker. It was phenomenal. It's a moment I hope to relive in my mind whenever I need a refresher for why I do what I get to do.
MOCA Jacksonville celebrates all of these students' successes in their writing and recording of audio guides for objects in The Donald and Maria Cox Collection during the Voice of the People Showcase at noon-2 p.m. December 10. Visitors can wander through the Permanent Collection on the second floor and hear art criticism like you never have before--from the perspective of a fourth-grader.