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Through regularly scheduled events for children, teens, and adults, MOCA offers exciting programs that foster awareness of the significant art of our time. All programs, activities, and resources are designed to encourage discussion, transforming our galleries into laboratories of ideas. Due to the pandemic and the evolution of learning environments, we have amended our programs, activities and resources to be accessible to all audiences from a distance. Check our events page for more educational and family friendly activities.


for students

Virtual Tours 

Schedule a virtual tour with a Virginia MOCA educator, streamed live from our galleries to your classroom or students at home. Tours use a selection of works from our current exhibitions to foster close observation, critical-thinking, and rich discussions that support learning standards through an inquiry-based approach. Tours can be designed for all age-levels. Please complete this form to request a Virtual Tour.

Teen Apprenticeship Program

The TAP program will be put on hold for 2021 and resume in 2022 in order to focus on other online offerings. There are many ways for teens to engage with Virginia MOCA including Studio School and online programs such as Coffee + Conversation and Instagram Live Chats. Find out more here


for educators

Classroom Resouces

In the wake of the pandemic, we have created a new site exclusively dedicated to additional resources and information on our current exhibitions. Please visit to access our virtual galleries, artist interviews, recorded videos and making activities that can be completed from home. 

Professional Development Workshops

Created for educators of all grade levels and subject areas, our teacher workshop series are specially designed to connect teachers with contemporary art and artists.  Workshop themes and focus change according to each exhibition. These programs are being conducted virtually for the foreseeable future. Please contact for details.


for families

Looking to Learn: Art and Storytime

Children ages 3-8 and their caregivers are invited to join us each month as we look, learn, and make in response to themes from our current exhibitions. This live streamed program for families will include close-looking at artwork, reading of a storybook, and a making activity inspired by the theme. This program is free, however registration is required through our Events page.


ARTlab is an interactive gallery space for all ages. Explore the main themes and ideas found in our current exhibitions through making, sharing, and personal connections. ARTlab has been converted to a “no touch” space. Free with museum admission or online at


for adults

Coffee and Conversation

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month for a casual conversation exploring current exhibitions, led by Virginia MOCA staff and guest lecturers. This program is free, however registration is required through our Events page.

Instagram Live

 Join Heather Hakimzadeh, Curator, on the 3rd Thursday of each month for a conversation with past and current Virginia MOCA exhibiting artists. Guest artists will give us a look inside their studios or temporary making space, share current projects, and discuss process and inspiration. Find us on Instagram @VirginiaMOCA.

Audio Tour

Learn more from artists, community members, and Virginia MOCA staff about selected works now on view. Accessible through your internet-connected personal device, the audio tours are available in both English and Spanish. Look for the headphones icon and QR code on gallery labels or access here on our website.

MOCA's eductional programs are supported in part by Fulton Bank, the Mary Ann Elliott Foundation, the Southeast Virginia Community Foundation, Tidewater Children's Foundation, and individual donors, as well as grants from the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission, the Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission, the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

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