A museum centered on Art + Education + Social Justice through the lens of Africa + the diaspora


[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="16778" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://cassiuslife.com/419417/the-mocada-new-exhibition-the-living-altar/"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Kalliopeia Foundation & Soil and Shadow Announce New Virtual Exhibition at MoCADA this Summer 
The Kalliopeia Foundation and Soil and Shadow announced  their newest collaboration, The Living Altar, set to open virtually at the acclaimed Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA) in June. The piece, curated by creative director Noni Limar, combines powerful imagery with audio sourced from a cadre of artists, leaders, teachers and storytellers from within the Kalliopeia community. The Living Altar is an ode to oral tradition intended to expand the way people think about spirit, ecology and culture, a mission Kalliopeia’s been advancing since its founding in 1997.The 12-part audio-visual experience entitled The Living Altar explores the power of spirituality, ecology and culture. The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art will debut the full piece this June.  MORE
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White Eye is a good case study of what OneFifty (the title of the platform has its own origin story, referring to the $150 brothers Sam and Albert Warner invested to essentially start their now-iconic film studio) is about. The film, shot in one take, revolves around a young Tel Aviv man who accuses an African worker of stealing his bike, but soon discovers the truth is more complicated. The pic won an award at SXSW in 2020, and WarnerMedia acquired it later that year out of the Urbanworld Film Festival, where it won Best Narrative Short. It will now premiere on HBO Max later this month. The move came as Urbanworld is a OneFifty industry partner along with production companies such as Color Farm Media, led by Erika Alexander and Ben Arnon; podcasts such as Latino Rebels; and arts and culture organizations such as MoCADA, The Moth, Blackstar and New Orleans Film Society. MORE
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="16782" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://hyperallergic.com/636313/how-to-build-resilient-black-arts-organizations/"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]How to Build Resilient Black Arts Organizations
What will it take for Black arts institutions — culturally specific institutions led by Black arts professionals — to not only survive, but to thrive and continue to be vital resources for the communities they serve?  What will enable Black arts organizations to be resilient over the long haul? Former Executive Director at Weeksville Heritage Center Rob Fields explore this and more in a new series for HyperAllergic. MORE
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Introducing the New York Knicks Rookie Guide to New York, a curated list of top-rated NYC-based businesses across food, fashion, art, lifestyle and more. All curated by New York Knicks fans and powered by SquareSpace. MoCADA made the list! MORE
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The Black Seed, a national strategic initiative focused on creating impact and “thrivability” for Black theatre institutions, has announced that close to 100 Black theatres across the country will receive one- or two-year grants ranging from $10,000 to $150,000. Launched in October 2020, the Black Seed is helmed by the Billie Holiday Theatre with a lead gift of $5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and including Bloomberg Philanthropies, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and the New York Community Trust. The Black Seed’s three-year initiative has a fundraising goal of $10 million, comprised of private and public funders, as well as individual donors. MoCADA in partnership with the Black Theater Mechanics Coalition are awardees! MORE and MORE
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="16790" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://www.400yaahc.gov/2020-distinguished-400-awardees/"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]MoCADA Executive Director Amy Andrieux Receives Distinguished 400 Award 
Every year the 400 Years of African American History Commission highlights the resilience and contributions of those working in public serve. The accolade is intended to recognized distinguished members of our society who’ve served their community through nonprofit, philanthropy, volunteerism, while implementing a positive influence benefiting those in an underserved population. MoCADA’s Amy Andrieux was honored with the Distinguished 400 Award in 2020 for her work as Executive Director. MORE
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="15656" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://darrylchappellfoundation.org/"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]The Darryl Chappell Foundation Supports MoCADA Artist Network
MoCADA is honored to be a new grant recipient of The Darryl Chappell Foundation, which has issued $15,000 to support the immediate needs of 15 self-identified artists of African descent as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic and resulting financial economic crisis. Each artist will receive a one-time $1,000 cash grant for their immediate use. 
The Darryl Chappell Foundation seeks to be innovative in its approach to grant making as they enable aspiring artists to realize their highest potential. The Foundation partners with museums, community foundations, non-government organizations, art patrons and other non-profit organizations to focus on the unique needs of our grantees, donors and supporting art patrons. The foundation also emphasizes and practices meaningful contact with grantees via face-to-face on-site visits, annual report reviews and independent third-party evaluations and assessments, while remaining focused on the needs of the aspiring artists to keep their core values front and center. MORE[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="15657" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://mailchimp.com"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Mailchimp Supports MoCADA During COVID-19
Many thanks to the employees of Mailchimp for their recent sizable donation donation to MoCADA, in celebration of POC-led businesses. The American marketing automation platform and email marketing service, who trades using the name of its operator, Rocket Science Group, followed suit in answering the call to support MoCADA with matching funds. MORE
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="15600" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://adage.com/creativity/work/hennessy-unfinished-business/2263756"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Hennesy “Unfinished Business” Supports MoCADA
MoCADA is honored to be a Hennessy “Unfinished Business” grant recipient! The program highlights Black, Asian, and Latinx led small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and their leadership who continue to push forward. It also provides immediate financial support and counsel through program partners including One Hundred Black Men, Asian American Business Development Center, and Hispanic Federation. Find out more information about how you can apply, and watch the short film about the project (directed by Haley Anderson) featuring small business owners from Lin Sister Herb Shop, Elegant Fabrics, Librería Barco de Papel, Work Train Fight, MOCADA, Williamsburg Music Center and Sybil’s Bakery NYC, and features Orbital Music’s jazz pianist Julius Rodriguez. MORE
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SummerStage Anywhere: Culture Talk with Angelique Kidjo & Amy Andrieux

Once dubbed “Africa’s premier diva” by TIME magazine, Angélique Kidjo is a stylistically fluid Beninese singer, actor, and activist that performs in five languages. Since her 1991 album Logozo—featuring Branford Marsalis, Manu Dibango, and Ray Lema—she’s addressed the global human rights issues of homelessness, integration, and environmental conservation. She’s joined by Amy Andrieux, the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn, professor at the New School University’s Parsons School of Design and a native New Yorker. MORE
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Museum Director Amy Andrieux: Fulfilling her Passion through Working in the Arts

The arts isn’t for the weak or the uninspired. Having the creativity to express one’s inspiration is needed in order to be successful. Amy Andrieux, the executive director of MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts) in Brooklyn, New York, took an interesting road by working in the media field to land a dream situation that suits her creative soul. Big Ced of Black Enterprise reports. MORE
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Meet Francisco Pinto from Venezuela

As part of their inspiring stories series, the Voyage Phoenix speaks to Venezuelan mixed media artist Francisco Pinto, an artist within MoCADA’s family of creators. MORE
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MoCADA favorite and Becoming Dion podcast creator Darryl DeAngelo Terrell gets a notable highlight as an artist to watch in the New York Times: “Pride Month may have come to a close, but the wide-ranging pieces shown here have staying power.” MORE
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Gallery Gurls founder Jasmin Hernandez interviews the Afro-Cuban artist Harmonia Rosales on her most recent show, “Miss Education: Reclaiming Our Identity,” at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn, for The LatinX Project. MORE
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There are hundreds of virtual experiences available right now from New York City attractions, cultural institutions and entertainment venues. To help you navigate them all, we’re rolling out special collections curated by some of the City’s leading cultural voices. Developed in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), these handpicked assortments showcase the best the five boroughs have to offer online. As Vice President of Film and Strategic Programming, Gina Duncan helps to create and implement BAM’s artistic vision through a range of programs, with the aim of highlighting historically marginalized artists and expanding notions of the cinematic canon. See why MoCADA made her list of curated virtual spaces that you must see. MORE
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MoCADA Music & Education Director, DJ and music supervisor (and Fried Dynamite podcast creator) Run P. uses music, color commentary, and soundbites to tell the story of Michael Jordan’s ascension in popular Black culture, as told to the The Fader. MORE
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Yaya Bey: Madison Tapes

MoCADA 2019-2020 Creator in Residence Yaya Bey discusses her intimate and assured new album with Pitchfork. The Brooklyn R&B singer eagerly seeks deliverance from bad sex, bad vibes, and the pulsing anxiety of dead-end jobs. MORE
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NYCEDC and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Break Ground on New Arts and Cultural Center in Downtown Brooklyn

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) today celebrated the start of construction on a new cultural center at the 32-story mixed-use tower, located at 300 Ashland Place in Downtown Brooklyn. The L10 Arts and Cultural Center will be home to several noteworthy cultural institutions including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Public Library, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and 651 ARTS. MORE

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