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, Welcome to MOCAZINE 2012 WELCOME to the 13th Year of the MOCAZINE! The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, is delighted to work with the talented young people of our community to create an arts and culture magazine by and for teens. The goal of the MOCAZINE is to acquaint teens with career opportunities in the fields of art and communications, as well as introduce teens to the world of contemporary art. All of the articles in the MOCAZINE are written by teens. This publication is meant to serve as a teaching tool, and showcase the hard work and efforts of the actively involved teens that bring fresh energy to MOCA. The MOCAZINE enables teens to make connections with both MOCA’s exhibitions and with one another. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at Looking forward, Lark Keeler Curator of Education

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Bonnie Clearwater, MOCA Director and Chief Curator Joanne Katz, Board of Trustees, Co-Chair of the Education Committee Cindi Nash, Vice Treasurer Lisa Fernandez, Education Administrator Lark Keeler, Curator of Education, painting and open studio director Jillian Hernandez, Education Outreach Coordinator, Junior Docent Instructor Larcenia Dixon, Summer Journalism Instructor Marie Arago, Summer Photojournalism Instructor Fiona Henderson, Fashion Design Instructor Liz Tracy, Digital Journalism Instructor Nereida Garcia, Drawing Instructor Noelle Theard, Photography Instructor Lisa Maggio, Painting Instructor Tommy Pace, Graphic Design Advisor Timothy Rush, Graphic Design Vivian Azalia, Photography Assistant Orrdett Barker, Editor and Design Assistant For more details, please visit


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Moca Art Institute

aRTICLES MOCA Alumni Color Me Farmers’ Ed On the Hungry:A Portrait of David Kennedy’s Virtual High School

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MOCA PROGRAMS Summer Journalism Fashion Show Fashion Summer Women On the Rise! MOCA Teen Art

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MOCA’s teen programs are made possible through funding from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Micky and Madeline Arison Family Foundation The Children’s Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, The Florida Department of Education and the School Board of Miami-Dade County, Jan and Dan Lewis, The Arnold S. Katz Endowment, Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, John H. & Ethel G. Noble Charitable Trust with Deutsche Bank acting as Trustee, Ethel & W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, The Columbine Foundation, Citi Foundation, and the Peacock Foundation.

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The MOCA Art Institute offers comprehensive educational programs in art and communications that promote a well-rounded understanding of art and the world. Building on over fifteen years of experience, MOCA’s innovative programs use engaging curriculum and a dynamic museum environment to build skills, develop aesthetic analysis and promote creativity through exposure,experience and interdisciplinary discussion. Over 20,000 children, teens and adults benefit annually from MOCA’s education programs. The personal guidance and mentoring from professional staff and visiting artists inspire participants to become lifelong learners and lovers of art.

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Color Me Thick Daisy Collazo North Miami Senior High Grade 9 “I created Color Me Thick to open the eyes of America, to show them that plus-sized women are just as beautiful and as talented as skinny women.” Said Passion “P-Say” Roosevelt. Color Me Thick (CMT) is a theatrical runway show created by Roosevelt, Richard “Jiffy” Byrd, and Troy F. Mitchell also known as De’leon Coppadon. Roosevelt first thought up CMT in 2009 and brought it to life on May 20, 2012, the date of the last show. Coppadon is the executive producer, host, actor, and is also Roosevelt’s god-brother. Byrd is the executive producer, co-writer, actor, and Passion’s brother-in-law.


The models of CMT care very strongly (as does everyone else in the show) about it because it has changed their lives. In fact, when asked how they feel about Color Me Thick and how it has made a difference, they all had positive responses about it.


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“CMT has changed my life overall. I am not the same person that I use to be before CMT. It taught me how to gain higher self-esteem and this is an experience I would love to share with others nationwide,” said Amber Howell, one of the models for CMT.

In between skits, the models come out and walk to different songs. The songs help CMT to give out positive messages to people in the audience. Songs like “I Like Them All” by Jacob Latimore featuring Diggy Simmons and “Go Get Your Blessing” by Mary Mary.

The show is about a woman named Kita, played by Janet Toni Mason, who doesn’t feel good about herself because she gained weight and became a plus-sized woman. Her friends tell her about Color Me Thick and she participates in it.

The models walk in clothing designed by Ms. Desiree who designs and creates her own clothes. The next show will be on September 30, 2012.

Throughout the show people can see that Color Me Thick is having a positive impact on Kita and is making her feel better about the skin she’s in. When asked how the scripts were created, Byrd replies, “See the concept came from Passion; she created it and I just added to it. I was brought in to bring it to life. Within building the show we learned a lot to help people out with self-esteem, and also evaluating differences and each and every individual aspect of motivation.” Photos by Daisy Collazo7 6 MOCAZINE2012.indd 7

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Orrdett Barker Design and Architecture Senior High Graduate

Even in the midst of the scorching sun Miami is famous for, the farmers’ market of North Miami continues to thrive. Mixing a festive atmosphere filled with upbeat music and smiling faces with colorful displays of goods exhibited on the stands in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the farmers’ market is a good place to eat, talk, and shop, all while interacting with North Miami locals and visitors alike. Conveniently placed right in the MOCA Plaza, the farmers’ market of North Miami provides free parking, shade, and a location that is easy to find. If you’re hungry, there is always a food truck within reach selling fresh lunches.

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“So far I enjoy it here. It is a pretty cool place,” Corey Hollingsworth, a Miami Gardens resident, said while visiting the farmers’ market for the first time. “I really appreciate the shade, too.”

The farmers’ market isn’t just beneficial to the customer, however. “Being able to meet and interact with people, spending time with them, and basically educating people about healthier meal choices are some of the main reasons I sell at a farmer’s market as opposed to a regular grocery store,” said Loren Pulitzer, owner and founder of Meals That Heal, a vegan food company. The farmer’s market takes place every Thursday year-round from 9 AM to 2 PM, providing a variety of products including both conventional and organic produce, handmade soaps, lotions and cosmetics, freshly baked breads and desserts, and a vast array of handbags and jewelry, all at reasonable prices. Whether you’re just looking around or searching for a good deal, you can find what you want and then some at the farmer’s market of North Miami. Photos by Summer Photojournalism students Leslie Mccoy, Esmeralda Consuelo, and Jahmall Moss

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Ed On the Road

Sarah Noel Miami Central High School Grade12

Photos by Steven Brooke

After graduating from Art School in the early 1960s, Ed Ruscha took his love for the arts and photography on the road. From parking lots, gas stations, and mountains, to his obsession with fonts, Ruscha’s style is unaesthetically attractive. Most of his art is inspired by the novel On The Road by Jack Kerouac. Ruscha’s art brings a new meaning to Kerouac’s words by combining texts from the novel with his paintings, drawings, and artist’s books. Beautiful Body, one of the pieces displayed in the Ed Ruscha: On The Road exhibition is made of acrylic on museum board paper. The artwork is displayed on a white rectangular canvas with the content of “HER BEAUTIFUL BODY WAS MATCHED ONLY BY HER IDIOT MIND” in capitalized words lined up in the center. This play on words can be found in most of his works, such as: California Grapeskins, Fit and Slick as a Fiddle, Manana, and Your Portion Under The Sun. MOCAZINE2012.indd 10

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Taking up most of the frame are little black dots that look like the cookies in a cookies and cream ice cream, leaving some spaces white. Perhaps this use of dots is intended to illustrate how the girl cares only about the little things in life, such as outward appearance. The focal point of the artwork is the words, which takes up most of the canvas. It is enhanced by the dots that surround it. The use of each line is carefully planned, showing the precision of the artist. However, the application of the dots seems more rushed and in the moment. This gives a feeling of passion. Ruscha is explaining the different parts of the American culture. He shows us the different languages, natural science (mountains), and basically the American way of life. Perhaps this is his way of saying that America is quickly changing without really looking into the beauty of the things.

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HUNGRY: A Self Portrait of David Baptiste David Baptiste Academy of Arts and Minds Grade 9

David stands next to his model for the MOCA Runway Fashion Show

I never paid much attention to my father’s paintings. Not until my older brother finished his first Dragon Ball Z drawing. At the age of five I couldn’t stand to watch my older brother bathe in the pride of his work. I promised myself that I would do better, occasionally using his art supplies without permission. It was a taste of his own medicine.


The value of copy paper in Haiti was overpriced, so I found myself drawing on whatever I could find.

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Looking back at my past, a concept grew. One boy’s jealousy would become the birth of an artist. It was not until I found MOCA, that I became so confident. Contemporary art is a language which you must learn to speak fluently if you’re serious about art. Once again, I am competing against the world. Friday classes were just filled with a bunch of “Michael Angelos.” That feeling came back, the same one I got when I saw my brother drawing. 9/27/12 6:04 PM

Looking back at my past, a concept grew. One boy’s jealousy would become the birth of an artist. I would practice until the tips of my fingers were numb.

I have learned so much over the years, from all my mentors and those who inspire me. Attending afterschool Fashion Design, Open Studio, Drawing, Painting, and Photography classes at MOCA has encourIt is through my roots, origin, aged my competitive nature and and journey I have found under- artistic vision. I have learned to standing in others lives. I stare value the meaning of art, and at the woman fixing the hole in respect it. her stocking. notice the quick eye contact of future lovers and I see the hardly noticeable missing lipstick. I witness the glare in a man’s eye before he cries and the beauty of stained wood. I paint what is not easily seen the quiet moments in life. These human events and expressions flash before you in a heartbeat. It is my dream to freeze a particular moment in time. There was an urge to discover that there must be more to art then a paint brush and a canvas. I turned to photography. Strangers didn’t always take the flashing of a camera light to be pleasant but, at the end of the day, I got the shot. I felt complete, exposing the quiet moments of the world.

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Kennedy’s Courage

Sabine Pagnant Pines Charter High School Grade 9

What is courage? Some people are born with courage. Other people develop it by overcoming obstacles in their lives, people like Kennedy Patlan. At first glance, Patlan seems like an average, ordinary teenager but there is much more to her than meets the eye. Patlan has a passion for leadership. She loves being able to organize and come up with activities like T-shirt contests and the Battle of the Underclassmen for her school. “I like to do little things to make people happy,” said Patlan.


She is also the editor of the forty kids of Coral Reef High School’s yearbook staff. Patlan said with a proud smile,“Every page in the yearbook was touched and reviewed by me.”

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Patlan with her mother and sister

Patlan has always had the drive to help people “It’s just me” she says boldly. Moments where Patlan feels the most proud of herself is when she is working in a leadership role. Sweet, humble, and kind-hearted, Patlan is also a caring and motivated person. So how did she get to be the person she is? That’s the real story.

Patlan addressing a group of students

Patlan’s parents did not want their daughter to talk through sign language. They did not want her to be held back in life because of a disability. They were determined for her to be able to speak and make an impact in the world.

Patlan thinks of her deafness as a gift or an advantage. She said, “If I don’t want to listen to someone or something, I don’t have to.” Kennedy could care less This is how it happened. Right about the fact that she is deaf. after Patlan was born she had a She does not let that define her. fever. The doctors gave her medicine, but something went wrong. “My parents are my role models; As a child, Patlan didn’t react to they make me the person that noises and at twenty-two months I am. They push me to always she was not talking. do my best” she said. Kennedy Patlan is an unstoppable force Patlan is deaf. Even though and can overcome anything. implants were still being tested a That is real courage. decade and a half ago, at twentytwo months, Patlan went through surgery and got implants. 14 MOCAZINE2012.indd 15

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In this dynamic after-school program, students are exposed to careers in the arts as they gain behind-thescenes access to MOCA. Participants receive instruction in art history and develop writing, research and public presentation skills. 15 MOCAZINE2012.indd 16

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Program begins October 3 MOCA’s new after-school Free Creative Career Training program introduces students to exciting futures in creative industries. Job training is also available through internship opportunities at MOCA.

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MOCA Education programs are funded in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment of the Arts, with the additional support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Irma Braman Creative Arts Scholarship Fund, Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, and The Children's Trust. The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County, the Arnold S. Katz Endowment, City of North Miami, Jan & Dan Lewis, Bank of America, Ethel & W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Peacock Foundation, the Columbine Foundation, The Fine and Greenwald Foundation, Bloomingdale's and Macy's. MOCA Art Institute is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. The Museum of Contemporary Art is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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The Many Faces of Ragnar Kjartansson


Prisca Alexis Turner Technical Arts High School Grade 11 When one enters the video A musician and an upcoming presentation God, the first artist from Iceland, Ragnar thing that stands out is the Kjartansson began his videos as documents of his classwork shocking pink silk curtains draped all over the walls of and other performances. the dark room, matching the background of the perHis performances, filled with formance being projected repetition, his love for histoonscreen. ry, and blues and folk music, bring out a range of emotions Next, a strange smell emfrom anxiety to fascination to anates from the room. Take humor. His exhibition, called note of the heavenly sound Song, was on view at the emitting from Ragnar’s Museum of Contemporary Art mouth. (MOCA), North Miami.

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It isn’t just a simple sound, it’s actually words. “Sorrow conquers happiness” is repeated throughout the performance, over and over again. Ragnar starts to sing faster and everything comes to life.

The chorus joins in and the drums and violin begin to pick up the pace. Slowly the audience is brought into a peaceful trance. The performance then ends, only to be restarted once again.

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High School Hardships Emtanis Shoukry Miami Lakes Education Center Grade 11 Going to prom, getting a driver’s license, and finding a job are all part of the typical high school experience. The newfound freedom to go out with friends, meet new people, and try new things are also part of that experience. Some say the days of high school are the greatest. But for many, the high school experience has changed. Nowadays, as aspiring students stress over competing for entry to college, high school can be an overwhelming time of burden. Some students fill up their whole schedule with all Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses in order to attain college credit, leaving little time to enjoy high school. Numerous teenagers stay up all night doing homework for their classes or studying for tests. “I barely ever have time to enjoy myself. I am always working, whether it be [on] homework, or

projects, or extracurriculars,” said junior Luis Arreaga from Miami Lakes Educational Center (MLEC). “When I don’t have anything to do, I just fall on my bed and pass out, essentially wasting any free time.” Time is a rare commodity for Arreaga. Preparing for A.P. and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) testing along with overlapping classes doesn’t allow Arreaga to fully absorb the high school experience. He utilizes any extra time to recuperate for the next workload he receives. “I don’t let it [work] stop me from enjoying my time in high school,” said Gabriella Nuñez, now a senior at MLEC. Nuñez took rigorous courses as a junior such AICE U.S. History, AICE English Language, A.P. Statistics, and A.P. Chemistry. However, she doesn’t allow that to overtake her social life. She participates in extracurricular activities and is a member

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of many clubs. She still spends time with her friends and family on the weekends. “It’s tough, but managing my time and sticking to a schedule allows me at least some freedom,” said Nuñez. Although some students may agree that there is too much pressure to take A.P. classes, others don’t seem to have a problem with the course load. Michelle Romero and Ossiany Mons are two students who seek a greater challenge. These juniors at MLEC fought

a recent decision to remove the A.P. United States History class from the curriculum. Toward the end of this past school year, Romero and Mons started a petition and rallied students to bring back the class, getting 344 signatures supporting their cause. “It’s not fair,” said Romero. “How can you deny kids, who want to take a challenging course, the chance?”

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Studio Classes Students learn about contemporary artists, styles, skills, composition and techniques while developing a body of work suitable for portfolios, exhibitions, and publications in weekly FREE classes. Teen drawing, painting, photography, and other creative classes teach students professional practices and give students materials and equipment to find new methods of expression and creativity.

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SUMMER JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND PHOTOJOURNALISM The MOCA Art Institute in North Miami introduces teens each summer to journalism and photojournalism in a FREE six-week intensive program. Under the direction of teachers Larcenia Dixon and Marie Arago, students learned to switch off the automatic settings on the camera and use the equipment manually. Photojournalism students explored black-and-white photography depth of field, F-stops and a professional studio. Journalism students learned about writing leads, inverted pyramid style, researching and journalistic style and visited the CBS4 news station and Ocean Drive. The student’s articles and photographs were featured in MOCA’s Summerzine and their journalistic work is featured in this MOCAZINE publication. Photo by Gadi Dreyfuss

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Fashion Fashion Design class merges problem solving with fashion design. Students learn about the fashion industry, its vocabulary, skills, and techniques. To create a collection, students learn the elements and tools of fashion, illustrating and styling.

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Teen Fashion Design students were featured in a runway show inspired by the award winning film “The Artist”.


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DRawING & PaiNtiNg

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Students explore a variety of Painting and Drawing supplies in free classes after school on thursdays and fridays.

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This year, the Summer Studio students had the opportunity to create a mural for the North Miami Police station with GRAFFITI artist Ruben Ubiera, using different elements such as painting and collage. The students also spent a week at the enchanted forest, where they learned to draw from life under the instruction of Tina Salvesen.

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Joy Taylor

Valery Valembrun 37 MOCAZINE2012.indd 38

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Edgar Maldonado

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David Baptiste

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Catherine Camargo

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MOCA’s Women on the Rise! is a unique program for teenage girls that teaches them about the work of contemporary artists such as Louise Burgeois and Lorraine O’ Grady as a way of engaging them in art making and critical conversations about body image, relationships, and culture. Girls address the issues that affect their lives through hands-on art projects in media such as video, photography, performance, painting, and collage. The program also includes visits to exhibitions featuring art by women and meetings with noted women artists who serve as role models. Women on the Rise is also an afterschool program at MOCA for teen girls ages 13-19, Thursdays from 4-6pm


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M O C A T E E N A R T F Join us every last friday of the month for O free events created for teens offer a safe and supportive environment in which they can R network and participate in enriching experiences C that promote creative expression. us on Facebook to stay connected E Add 43 MOCAZINE2012.indd 44

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Tom Bloom Jorge Gonzalez Executive Committee Barbara Herzberg Rosalind Jacobs Dr. Kira Flanzraich, Chair Joanne Katz Sheldon Anderson, Vice Chair Dr. Shulamit Katzman Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig, Secretary Jerome Kerr-Jarrett Irma Braman, Chair Emeritus Jan Lewis Michael Collins, Chair Emeritus Diane Lieberman Hal Philipps- Treasurer Janice Lipton Sandra Muss Cindi Nash, Vice Treasurer Harold Philipps Ray Ellen Yarkin, President Evan Reed Joan Levien Robertson Richard Shack, Chairman Emeritus Raquel Scheck Lou Anne Colodny, Founding Director Lenore Sender Jackie Soffer NORTH MIAMI Deepak Soni CITY COUNCIL Jorge Gonzalez Andrew Andre Pierre, Mayor Micheal R. Blynn Jean R. Marcellus Scott Galvin Marie Eriande Steril



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