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MOCA Family Weekend: The Power of Plants!

Saturday, May 6, 2023
 – Sunday, May 7, 2023
 | 12:00 pm
 – 4:00 pm 
 | Free with Admission

Free Friday Night: Plant-tastic!

Friday, May 5

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: Plant-tastic!

Workshop with Jaylen Bastos 

Saturday, May 6 

What do seeds and hair have in common? Could you find your way home using nothing but the trees? Well, hold on to your garden hoses! Join artist, ecologist and animal behaviourist, Jaylen Bastos for an educational workshop and arts activity that explores local plant life and the ways plants are used in different cultures.

In this workshop, participants will learn about how plants are used for a variety of purposes and uncover the botanical legacy of Black and Latinx communities, with a focus on communities of the Caribbean and South America, to gain a better understanding of our shared and individual connections to the natural world.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the plant life local to Toronto and MOCA’s surrounding areas including The West Toronto Rail Path and High Park. This workshop relates to the themes shown throughout Kapwani Kiwanga’s Remediation, which explores the many histories and uses of botany. 

Registration is recommended for this workshop as there is limited capacity

May TD Community Sunday 

Sunday, May 7

Building on Jaylen Bastos’ engagement with Kapwani Kiwanga’s work on Saturday, MOCA’s Arts Educators will be leading an all-ages arts activity inspired by the plants and forms present in Remediation. During this session participants will learn how to make their own terrariums as well as create miniature sculptures and additions for them. Through this process participants will also learn about the history of the terrarium and their relation to Kiwanga’s Vivarium sculptures.

Laura Findlay_Kiwanga MOCA Installation_Vivarium Apomixis (1)

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

Saturday 
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

Sunday 
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

  • June: Green Dreams and Green Screens!
  • July: Kids Takeover MOCA!

Family Weekend: Parents are a Drag! Workshop with The Drag Academy, MOCA Toronto, 2023. Photo: Adrian Walton-Cordeiro.

Images courtesy of Jaylen Bastos.

Kapwani Kiwanga, Vivarium: Apomixis, 2023 (foreground), Vivarium: Adventitious, 2023 (background). PVC transparent, steel, colour, MDF. Installation View, Remediation, at MOCA Toronto. Courtesy the artist; Galerie Poggi, Paris; Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin; and Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and London. © ADAGP, Paris / SOCAN, Montreal (2022). Photo: Laura Findlay.

Venue Information

MOCA Toronto

158 Sterling Rd
Toronto, ON  M6R 2B7
Canada

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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