One Spark 2015 is officially kicking off on Tuesday, April 7th, and Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art will be celebrating with “MOCA is NOW,” unleashing a year’s worth of programming in just six days, with dozens of innovative mini-programs that will help visitors discover and appreciate contemporary art. There will be lots of chances to interact and win prizes, and the best part is that it’s all free – including admission! Additionally, hours will be extended, with the museum open 11am – 9pm April 7-11 and 11am-5pm April 12.
Located in the heart of the One Spark festivities, MOCA Jacksonville will be the premier location for all film projects during the festival, having offered its 125-seat theater to any creator whose project is a film. Other daily highlights will include condensed 10-minute tours and talks about specific exhibits or works. These are all led by curators or local educators and include a special gift for each attendee. We recommend checking out the short tours of each day’s unique Pop-up Gallery, a “now you see it, now you don’t” space that will be transformed and feature new works appearing like magic for all to experience. Not only will these offer an element of surprise, but they will also present the breadth and depth of MOCA Jacksonville’s Permanent Collection and exhibition program.
If you find yourself feeling inspired after exploring all of the exhibitions, MOCA will also offer a chance for visitors to enrich their creative minds through hands-on projects related to the Permanent Collection or the current Featured Exhibition. Each day during One Spark you can take part in a fun and informative art-making program for families led by a professional art educator, including making your own straw sculptures, screen prints, Cubism-style collages, or soft paper sculptures.
On April 7-8, museum members dressed all in white to commemorate the WHITE Exhibition will receive a complimentary beer or glass of wine. We suggest opting for a draft beer from local brewery Aardwolf, which will be available all day at MOCA’s Café Nola.
If One Spark After Dark is more your speed, MOCA Jacksonville has you covered too. See what falls from the sky at 5pm, April 11. For this, MOCA Jacksonville has partnered with downtown business Forge 3D Printing Studio to create an innovative surprise. Head up to the roof to see what falls from the sky, and you may be able to take home a piece of the WHITE exhibit for yourself! Finally, kick back and relax in the MOCA Jacksonville theater at 7:30pm April 7-9, as WJCT’s David Luckin plays relaxing, laid-back sounds of downtempo, nu jazz, reggae, and dub.
For a complete schedule of events, visit mocajacksonville.org/onespark. Don’t forget to share what you’re doing NOW at MOCA with #MOCAisNOW on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ll see you there!
The Museum of Contemporary Art is located 333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville.