Mokita®: what’s your elephant?
Mokita® Dialogues
Mokita® Poetry Class

 A known truth that is left unspoken

Think of it as the “Elephant in the Room”

The word ‘Mokita’ comes from the language of Kilivila, spoken near Papua New Guinnea.

Meet ‘Mo’ – our mascot

‘Mo’ is our mascot and travels around Centre County and beyond!  This 5 1/2′ chalkboard elephant provides a place for people to acknowledge their elephants and the healthy ways they cope.  Mo made its first debut out at our Mokita™ Dialogue session in February 2017 and has since traveled around to mental health performances and events to help raise awareness and promote dialogue.




Mokita®: what’s your elephant?

Everyone has a story. Everyone has an elephant.  What’s yours?

Jana Marie Foundation will use interactive displays, art exhibits and workshops to provide people with a safe space to acknowledge ‘mokitas‘ that exist in their own life, as well as in the community.  With our series of discussions, exhibits and interactive displays, the Jana Marie Foundation will bring to light topics of social concern that often go unaddressed and sometimes unnoticed.

By using theatre, spoken word poetry, art, music and other forms of creative expression, Jana Marie Foundation will once again highlight the power of connection through the arts and how it can strengthen our community.

Mokita® Dialogues


Jana Marie Foundation has teamed up with the Centre Daily Times and New Leaf Initiative to host a series of community conversations called Mokita™ Dialogues.  The purpose behind these community brown bag luncheon discussions is to allow individuals throughout Centre County to come together and talk – for a change.   Not only will these discussions highlight topics of vital interest – elephants in the room – but it will provide opportunities for follow-up and action.

The sessions are held at noon on the fourth Thursday of every month at New Leaf Initiative (State College Municipal Building, 243 S Allen Street, Suite 337, State College, PA). Each Mokita™ Dialogue session will be led by a different facilitator from through the community and will include a brief presentation, engaging activities that encourage thought and conversation, and suggestions for ways to continue the discussion.

It is time to come together to acknowledge the ‘elephants’ that exist across our community and how we can address them.  These sessions will provide an opportunity to learn, to listen and to be engaged in finding solutions for these important issue.

Fall 2018 Topics:

August 23, 2018: Affordable Housing
September 27, 2018: Suicide Prevention
October 25, 2018: Poverty
November 15, 2018: Disabilities
December 13, 2018: Human Trafficking, Part 2

 Mokita® Poetry Class:

Open to All Poets: Aspiring and Expert!

5 week class series.

Mondays, September 17 – October 8

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Webster’s Bookstore and Café.

Poetry is a powerful medium for finding and sharing truths.  In this five part series we will look at the ‘elephants’ that exist within ourselves and within the community and have the option to share in a safe class environment and/or in a public reading of original work on the final day.  Throughout our time, we’ll explore several types of poetry and poets past and contemporary as we delve deeper into our familiar favorites and gently challenge each other to try something new.  We will learn, we will grow, above all, we will strive to have a lot of fun!


Please email for more details or to enroll in the class. Advanced registration is not required, but much appreciated.