GENEROUS GIFT ENSURES QUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver gave $500,000 to
endow an education position at MOCA Jacksonville.
The responsibilities of the
J. Wayne and Delores Barr
Weaver Educator for Family and Children’s Programs include designing school tours for thousands of students,
crafting lesson plans for the Museum’s outreach programs, designing innovative
art-making activities, creating curriculum for MOCA’s annual summer camp, and
conceiving in-gallery interpretative and activity guides for children of all
The Weavers’ generous gift
helps ensure quality education programs at MOCA Jacksonville for years to come.
Whether it be through the robust school tour program, outreach initiatives that
serve low-income students and those with varying learning exceptionalities,
in-gallery activities that facilitate family interaction and discussion,
art-making programs for families, or adult programs, MOCA fuels the minds of
all generations and ignites a love of contemporary art and learning.
As the content expert
entrusted with the development of all children’s and family programming, the Weaver Educator works with a team of Museum educators to shape all the encounters young
visitors and their caregivers have with MOCA Jacksonville.
Through its initiatives,
MOCA Jacksonville inspires a love of the arts and creativity in nearly 16,000
children annually. More than 60 percent of these young visitors are low-income
students, who have had little or no exposure to contemporary art and may have
no previous experience visiting a museum.
MOCA Jacksonville’s Voice
of the People provides fourth-grade students from schools serving at-risk
children in under-served areas with an opportunity to create audio guides that
describe and interpret works of art from MOCA’s Permanent Collection. This educational
initiative fosters critical thinking, writing, and oral communication skills,
while providing an opportunity for creative expression.
Art Aviators is an
educational initiative designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(ASD) and other exceptionalities. While children with ASD struggle with verbal
communication, social relations, and sensory development, creative art-making
activities enable them to foster new means of self-expression and
communication. Art Aviators harnesses art and art-making activities as means of
promoting expression and social interaction among children with ASD and their
teachers, caregivers, and peers. Created in 2007, this innovative program and
its results have been nationally recognized by museum associations and health
care providers alike.
Art Fusion is a fun and
informative art-making program for families led by a professional art educator.
The program provides a creative and inspiring environment for children to work
with their parents or adult caregivers. Hands-on projects are inspired by works
the Permanent Collection or current exhibitions and take place the first Sunday
of the month in Hemming Park and first Wednesday of the month on the fifth
floor during Downtown Art Walk.
The J. Wayne and Delores
Barr Weaver Educator for Family and Children’s Programs enables MOCA
Jacksonville to hone its educational mission to nurture the bond between
children and their respective family units. Comfort and knowledge are keys to
heightening family participation in the arts. The Weaver Educator develops family
guides that foster a greater understanding of exhibition themes, artists, and
works of art for caregivers, and help them engage in a meaningful, substantive
dialogue with their accompanying children. These guides represent just one of
many ways the Weavers’ gift furthers MOCA Jacksonville’s efforts to enhance
access to the arts and to provide the tools and the inspiration sought by young
visitors and their caregivers for an instructive and inspiring Museum