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.
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.
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.
Beginning in February, Jana Marie Foundation will team 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 will be 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 issues,” says Vicere.
The series kicked off with an introduction to the program and an enlightening conversation about the Power of Dialogue, facilitated by Susan Marshall, State High Head Counselor, grades 9 -12, on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at noon at New Leaf Initiative.
Future Mokita™ Dialogues will cover an array of topics including: drugs and alcohol, homelessness, food security & mental health.