Feb 2020: As the students were just beginning to design their pieces for installation, Covid 19 hit and we had to press pause on programming. We WILL see our students for the 2021-2022 school year! We miss you all!
To teach students the professions associated with museum practice.
beMOCA is a contemporary art museum located inside of Briscoe Elementary School (PreK-5th) in San Antonio, Texas. Founded January 2020, the Museum is an innovative collaboration that allows elementary students to partner with graduate art students and professional artists as they discuss, create and display contemporary art. Students learn through experience about museum practice and careers in the arts by participating as beMOCA’s artists, curators, and writers. beMOCA reenvisions the relationships between public schools, museums and universities and creates new perspectives and opportunities by overlapping resources and ideas across the San Antonio art community.
Our goal is to utilize the language of contemporary art and museum practice to inspire students to explore their artistic voice and make community connections. We want our students to understand the power of the artistic process from inception to its final destination in the museum. We seek to demonstrate the depth and richness of student experience when there is cross collaboration among institutions and community.
beMOCA studio launched January 14, 2020. This is where the students experiment, write, fail, succeed, brainstorm, discuss and create. It is their laboratory.
For 2020 our beMOCA curators and artists will be working with professional artists
Andy Benavides and Mark Martinez.
Andy Benavides bio
Mark Martinez bio
In 2019 S.M.A.R.T. learned of KSMoCA in Portland Oregon. We reached out to KSMoCA's Roz Crews, who oversees Artist Projects and Programs, and after listening to Roz and her words of encouragement, S.M.A.R.T. knew our students were ready for something similar. Thank you KSMoCA for your inspiration. Learn more about KSMoCA's phenomenal programming at ksmoca.com.