Join us for a fun afternoon of art-making for all ages!                       Every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 2-5pm

Come paint, build, craft, or collage – use familiar materials, or experiment with new! Inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and local artists, MOCACREATE explores different themes every month. Free with Museum admission! While the museum is physically closed, please join us for our free MOCACREATE @ Home series. We’d love for you to share your finished projects with us by tagging #MOCACREATE and #MOCACREATEathome on social media, or emailing images to us at

MOCACREATE @ Home Workshops

MOCACREATE @ Home: Soar with Hazel!




MOCACREATE @ Home: Keep Your Boat Afloat!




MOCACREATE @ Home: The Five Poisonous Pests 




MOCACREATE @ Home: Paper Sculptures Part 2




MOCACREATE @ Home: Paper Sculptures



Learn all about the Golden Venture shipwreck and its passengers. We’ll also look at some of the paper sculptures that these passengers made while they were detained in the US and learn how to make our own. Stay tuned for Part 2 on July 31st.


MOCACREATE @ Home: Design a Sign!




Historically, Chinatown has been full of small and family run businesses like restaurants, shops, and laundries. This is still true today, but many businesses have struggled to cover expenses and stay open during Covid-19. Learn about some of the businesses that are essential to New York’s Chinatown and create your own store sign to honor these businesses until you can visit them again.


MOCACREATE @ Home: Express Yourself & Show Your Support




With so much going on in our country and the world, this week’s MOCACREATE at Home offers some ideas of how we can share our thoughts and feelings with our neighbors and community through window art.


MOCACREATE @ Home: Woven Together Fabric Weaving




As we continue to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with MOCACREATE at Home, it’s time for part two of our weaving series! In part two, we’ll learn the steps to make your own cardboard loom, t-shirt yarn, and a fabric weaving. Come prepared with cardboard, scissors, tape, a pencil, and an old t-shirt, yarn, or thread. And be on the lookout for a special guest appearance from Taylor’s cat, Roux. 


MOCACREATE @ Home: Woven Together Paper Weaving



Garment workers have always been a large part of Chinatown's identity and community. Learn about their experiences as you create an individual weaving that reflects on your contributions to the rich fabric of MOCA and the Chinatown community. What will your tapestry represent?


MOCACREATE @ Home: Recycled World




In honor of Earth Day, create a mini world or add to a collaborative community that shows what earth might be like in the future. Think about how a community in the future might reduce pollution, recycle more, or grow food in a more environmentally friendly way! Use recycled materials to build your world.


MOCACREATE @ Home : Celebrate Qing Ming & Welcome Spring! VIRTUAL- CLICK HERE TO WATCH & CREATE!



Qing Ming is a day for remembering the past. Families go to the grave sites of their ancestors and honor them by hosting elaborate picnics. Mold clay people, tea eggs, drum sticks, oranges, almond cookies, and more to create your very own Qing Ming picnic scene. Then celebrate the new beginnings of spring and let your imagination soar as you design a one-of-a-kind kite!



Access Families

MOCACREATE welcomes families and children with developmental or learning disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. Children and adults with a range of abilities and learning styles can enjoy multisensory workshops that include tactile opportunities and art-making activities. For more information about Access + Accessibility, please click here.

Supplies generously donated by our friendly neighbors at Blick Art Materials - SOHO
148 Lafayette Street | New York, NY 10013

MOCA is grateful to NYSCA for generously supporting MOCACREATE and other educational programs.


MOCACREATE: Vintage Family Albums

Sat, Mar 7 | 2pm - 5pm

Inspired by vintage photos of old families, buildings, and Chinatowns long gone, illustrate and then “vintage-fy” beloved family memories by aging them with tea and coffee. Showcase them in a personalized scrapbook page filled with your favorite things.


MOCACREATE: What’s Cookin’?

Sat, Feb 15 | 2pm - 5pm
The Mai Wah Society’s Chinn family owned and operated the Mai Wah Noodle Parlor in Butte, MT for almost 40 years. Not only was it a place to share a meal, it was also an important community gathering place. If you ran a restaurant in your neighborhood, what would you serve? Using colored pencils, yarn, and 3-D elements, dream up and draw an illustrated menu of family recipes and your own culinary creations to share with friends and family.


MOCACREATE: Lunar New Year Museum Makeover

Sat, Jan 18 | 2pm - 5pm
Put a spin on a MOCA tradition! Help welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the Museum. Transform our space with colorful creations, which will be on display through our annual Lunar New Year Family Festival!

MOCACREATE: New Year, New Me

Sat, Jan 4 | 2pm - 5pm
Imagine yourself a year later at the end of 2020. Do you look different? Has anything in your life changed? Do you own something new? Have you done something that you’ve never done before? Make a 2-D or 3-D self-portrait that represents the “new you”!


MOCACREATE: Time Capsules & Treasure Keepers

Sat, Dec 7 & Sat, Dec 21 | 2pm - 5pm
Why do we collect and save objects? Consider this as you look at objects from our Gathering exhibit that are up to 125 years old. Then, take a bit of the present and preserve it for the future by creating a personalized time capsule! Bring it home and store photos, letters, and objects that are important to you, then seal it shut and open it in 5 years to see what's changed.


MOCACREATE: Found Sculptures: Transforming the Everyday!

Sat, Nov 2 & Sat, Nov 16 | 2pm - 5pm
Sculptor Jerome Seu found inspiration for his creations at his family’s grocery store. He turned old wooden crates into remarkable works of art. Transform every day and found objects into unique sculptures that share the stories of what they were and what they’ve become.


MOCACREATE: Cut, Paste, Decorate!

Sat, Oct 19 | 2pm - 5pm
MOCA’s newest exhibition, Gathering, shows how different organizations collect and share Chinese American history. Create a mixed-media collage that tells your life story—include moments or objects that are important to you like your favorite stuffed animal, your first day of school, your birthday or favorite holiday, or a trip you took.


MOCACREATE: Neighborhood Sounds
Sat, Sep 21 | 1pm - 4pm
Did you hear that? That’s the sound of a broom sweeping, a dog barking, and a basketball bouncing, all mixed together. What are the sounds of your neighborhood? Join us for a sound walk and art making inspired by the soundscapes of our streets.


MOCACREATE: Awesome Album Art

Sat, Aug 3 & Sat, Aug 17 | 1pm - 4pm

What makes an album cover pop? Create your very own album art using collage techniques and colorful materials. Draw inspiration from the Xerox art of musicians from The Moon Represents My Heart to create an album cover that suits your unique style.


MOCACREATE: Playful Percussion!

Sat, Jul 6 & Sat, Jul 20 | 1pm - 4pm

Using everyday materials such as plastic spoons, popsicle sticks, and coffee tins, create and decorate your own hand percussion instruments—drums, shakers, and more! Then, practice keeping the beat with your funky new creations.


MOCACREATE: Musical Moods
Sat, Jun 1 | 1pm - 4pm

How does music affect our moods? Let’s find out! Experiment with light, texture, and color to build a unique 3-D listening space together inspired by the music label Mood Hut, featured in The Moon Represents My Heart special exhibition.


MOCACREATE: Celebrating APA Heritage!

Sat, May 4 & Sat, May 18 | 1pm - 4pm

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Learn about awe-inspiring Asian Pacific Americans across the generations. Then decorate a mixed-media portrait in honor of them and your personal heroes.


MOCACREATE: Celebrate Qing Ming & Welcome Spring!

Sat, Apr 6 | 1pm - 4pm
Qing Ming is a day for remembering the past. Families go to the grave sites of their ancestors and honor them by hosting elaborate picnics. Mold clay people, tea eggs, drum sticks, oranges, almond cookies, and more to create your very own Qing Ming picnic scene. Then celebrate the new beginnings of spring by making pinwheels and other seasonal paper crafts!

MOCACREATE: Earth Day Fun!

Sat, Apr 20 | 1pm - 4pm &Tue, Apr 23 | 2pm – 4pm

Embrace Earth Day with this fun and eco-friendly workshop! Create DIY seed balls--a fun and easy tool for replanting native flora that protects seeds from the elements as they start to grow. You'll also use recycled materials to create your own fun, colorful butterflies!


MOCACREATE: Tinker with … Typewriters!

Sat, Mar 2 & Sat, Mar 16| 1pm - 4pm
How do you create a typewriter for a language with no alphabet? Look to Radical Machines for inspiring answers to this question. As you learn about the product design process, come up with your own linguistic invention made of cardboard, duct tape, popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and more. Display your one-of-a-kind invention side by side with others!