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MOCA Family Weekend: Parents are a Drag!

Saturday, April 1, 2023
 – Sunday, April 2, 2023
 | 12:00 pm
 – 4:00 pm 
 | Free with Admission

April: Parents are a Drag!

Free Friday Night: Dress Like Your Parents

Friday, March 31

To kickstart the weekend, you’re invited to dress up in a fun outfit inspired by the MOCA Family Weekend Theme. Join in by wearing a full “costume” or by wearing one item that represents the theme.

This Friday the theme is: Dress Like Your Parents.


Workshop with The Drag Academy 

Saturday, April 1 

Inspired by the work of Athena Papadopoulos, who creates sculptural works that play on stereotypical feminine signs and materials and offer commentary on the process of self-augmentation — of “dolling” and “dragging” oneself up, this week’s workshop is led by The Drag Academy. Featuring storytime with drag artist Barbie Jo Bontemps, a drag sing-a-long and the opportunity to get silly and dress up your art piece with body mapping, this workshop will show us that it’s never too early (or too late!) to get silly, dress-up and have fun with gender! Kids will trace their images on brown craft paper and then use unconventional materials like clothing, cushions, plush toys, wigs and textiles to decorate the tracing.

Registration is recommended for this workshop as there is limited capacity.

April TD Community Sunday 

Sunday, April 2

Join MOCA’s Arts Educators for a playful accessory making workshop that takes inspiration from Athena Papadopoulos’s The New Alphabet. This all-ages workshop will focus on creating button, pin and broach sculptures that can be used as wearables–it could be a patch, a hair clip, a charm or more! Following the Drag Academy’s exploration of dress, art and drag, participants will be given a variety of craft materials, fabrics and everyday objects to make a wearable item that borders the line between art and self-expressive accessory.


MOCA Family Weekend

MOCA Family Weekend is a monthly series of family-focused activities, bringing together young ones and their families for two afternoons of child-centered programming. 

Each weekend is inspired by a different exhibiting artist or theme, making for new and exciting programmes each month. Visitors can expect kid-friendly tours, registered workshops facilitated by guest artists and MOCA’s Arts Educators, a dress-up theme for Free Friday Night and other activities that place children and youth at the centre of contemporary art.  

Family Weekend Schedule

12:00–12:45 pm Kid-friendly Tour 
1:00–2:00 pm Artist-led Workshop*
2:00–2:45 pm Kid-friendly tour
3:00–4:00 pm Artist-led Workshop*

*Registration required

12:00–12:45 pm Kid-friendly Tour
12:00–4:00 pm Drop-in Workshop
2:00–2:45 pm Kid-friendly Tour

What's next

  • May: The Power of Plants!
  • June: Green Dreams and Green Screens!

Athena Papadopoulos, TAPPED, 2017. The Smurfette, Installation view, Emalin, London. © Athena Papadopoulos. Courtesy the artist and Emalin, London. Photography: Plastiques.

Venue Information

MOCA Toronto

158 Sterling Rd
Toronto, ON  M6R 2B7

This event takes place on TD Community Sunday.
TD Community Sundays are made possible by TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform TD Ready Commitment.

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