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429 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1900
Pittsburgh, PA 15219






$15,000 MOKA (Mecca of Kulture & Art): Art Gallery and House of Culture

PROJECT: Art Gallery and House of Culture

PROGRAM: 2015 Small & Simple Grants


MOKA is a contemporary art/music studio and gallery that is currently being created to share the rich cultural legacy of jazz and art that originated in the Hill District. To accomplish this resurgence, the organization will develop exhibitions, studio practices, artist talks, cultural exchanges, artist residencies and art classes. The Gallery will provide a space for artist and musicians to share their expertise with the Hill community.

MOKA will provide four distinct areas of program development:
– Exhibition space for artists
– Educational component of music and art
– Gallery access
– Artist residence and studios

Our Small and Simple investment covers a portion of the cost for the buildings’ elevator system. In addition to our support, the MOKA Project Team has invested over $105,000 of their own funds into the project and have received grants from McAuley Ministries, the POISE Foundation and Urban Innovation 21.

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