For more than 11 years the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston
(MOCAH) has been Houstons leading developer of community based public art and cultural programming and continues to make milestones while touching the lives of over 1.5 million individuals. Research shows that MOCAH is the only museum of its kind, specializing in public art, raising social awareness (with an emphasis on the youth), and participating in a global exchange.
This year, MOCAH has extended its brand to include international public art and universal influence. In 2008, Texas French Alliance for the Arts (TFAA) in partnership with the Texas Childrens Cancer Center and Hematology Center (TCCC) invited two French artists to come to Houston and create two pieces of artwork with the children undergoing treatment at the TCCC.
This year, the exchange continued when TFAA sent Houston artists, Daniel-Kayne, and President and CEO of MOCAH, Reginald Adams to the The Leon Bernard Cancer Center in Lyon, France from June 12- July 4. When the artists arrived at their destination, they proceeded to work with the cancer children at their respective hospitals in order to create a lasting piece of artwork for the hospitals.
Im honored that MOCAH is now touching the lives of people worldwide, said Adams. Just in the past year, weve kicked off "The Art of Culture,"(our exhibition series), created a mural for the Earth Day Festival and the Bayou City Arts Festival. And now were expanding to not only have a statewide presence, but also an international presence with projects in both Austin and France."
In addition to their public art project in France, The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) has recently commissioned MOCAH President, Reginald Adams, to design a new public art project for the soon to be constructed Cultural & Heritage Facility located in Austin's historic East side community.
With over 120 public art projects in the city of Houston, an eco-art partnership with fashion retailer Charming Charlie, and new programs and events being incorporated monthly, MOCAH is just getting started in their goal to use art as a tool for raising social awareness and community development.