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SPACES: Co-creating Communities at UMBC

November 15, 2020December 10, 2020

Tess McRae

The Gallery at OCA Mocha presents SPACES: Co-creating Communities at UMBC, featuring artwork by Tess McRae, opening on Sunday, November 15, and continuing through Thursday, December 10. A collaboration with UMBC’s Center for Democracy and Civic Life (CDCL), the exhibition celebrates the one year anniversary of the opening of OCA Mocha, and also celebrates other student-made spaces that foster collaboration, engagement, and community.

Tess McRae, ’21, is a Humanities Scholar majoring in Individualized Studies with a minor in Creative Writing. She serves as Civic Design and Campus Engagement Intern for the Center for Democracy and Civic Life. She was a STRiVE 2020 coach and attended the retreat as a participant in 2018. McRae served previously as the director of communications for UMBC’s Student Government Association, has worked for commonvision, as a peer facilitator for the Introduction to an Honors University program, and the secretary of Retriever Poets. She is the Design Coordinator for TEDxUMBC.

Over the past two years, McRae worked with CDCL director David Hoffman and assistant director Romy Hübler to collect the stories of UMBC student-made spaces to inspire community members to be active in co-creating UMBC. This exhibition and McRae’s digital illustrations reflect the outcomes of those efforts.

Admission to the exhibition is free. SPACES: Co-creating Communities at UMBC is curated by Madeline Arbutus ’22, visual art and media and communication studies.

The Gallery at OCA Mocha is dedicated to promoting and showcasing the creative efforts of UMBC and the surrounding community in its mission to unite people through artistic expression. Located at 5410 East Drive in Arbutus, Maryland, the gallery is open free to the public, with hours 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.



November 15, 2020
December 10, 2020
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