MoCADA Apprentice Program

MoCADA Apprentice Program at LIU Brooklyn (MAP)

MAP is a three-week art intensive summer program designed to enhance 20 high school students’ creative skills by immersing them in a college-level fine arts environment. In partnership with the Art Department at LIU Brooklyn, MAP offers support on all levels, including portfolio building, networking and studio instruction. MAP is a new initiative that seeks to ensure that young artists of African descent have the support, skills, relationships, and experiences necessary for pursuing a bachelors degree in the fine arts, and ultimately joining the long legacy of Brooklyn-based artists of African descent.

Cultivating the next generation of visual artists of African descent

The program was spearheaded by Ruby Amanze, as a way to address the lack of racial and class diversity in college-level arts programs. MoCADA is proud to partner with LIU Brooklyn to provide young visual art students of African descent with a three-week program that will prepare them for a bright future in the arts. Students receive hands-on art instruction in drawing and painting from professional practicing artists with a focus in observational study integral to portfolio development. A culminating exhibition of the students’ work will be displayed in Salena Gallery at LIU Brooklyn. Furthering MoCADA’s mission, MAP seeks to deepen participating students’ understanding of contemporary African Diasporan art through lectures and site visits to artists’ studios, galleries, and museums.

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