The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), is excited to celebrate its 18th anniversary of serving the community through the arts with its 3rd annual MoCADA Masquerade Ball, to be held Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Lepercq Ballroom.
The annual gala is a fundraiser that will benefit the museum as it embarks upon a new capital campaign to raise monies for community programs and to continually fund the development of their new larger museum in Brooklyn. To purchase tickets, please click here.
The MoCADA Masquerade Ball will celebrate individuals who have positively influenced the Contemporary African Diasporan Arts and the community, including Rashid Johnson for the Artist Advocacy Award, Shantell Martin for the Emerging Artistic Voice Award, Opal Tometi for the Social Justice Advocacy Award and The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) for the Corporate Advocacy Award.
The MoCADA Masquerade Ball is set to feature confirmed Honorary Gala Chair: Grammy Award winning international recording artist, Maxwell, a special performance by Lion Babe, with many other celebrity and VIP guests expected to attend in support of the museum.
The MoCADA Masquerade Ball is underwritten by several generous corporations committed to supporting the community. The evening’s sponsors include HBO, Gartland & Mellina Group and Habana Outpost.
MoCADA will once again partner with Paddle8, the award winning online auction house that offers museum-worthy works and contemporary collectibles, for an unprecedented online auction.
MoCADA uses art to strengthen community, both locally and internationally. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora, and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture. Serving both youth and adults, MoCADA challenges the traditional definitions of the “museum”, using art to impact lives both within its physical walls and throughout the wider community.
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) was established in 1999 as Brooklyn’s first and only museum dedicated to the creation and interpretation of contemporary Black arts and culture. Starting from humble beginnings on the fourth floor of a Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone, MoCADA has since expanded from a grassroots startup with a social justice mission, to an internationally-recognized arts institution. Now located in Fort Greene, the museum has established a reputation for cutting-edge exhibitions and programs that cross artistic disciplines and create opportunities for emerging artists. MoCADA has produced over 60 exhibitions and 500 public programs, expanding from the museum’s main gallery to the streets, parks, schools, and public housing of Brooklyn and beyond, challenging the boundaries of the traditional museum to build community and increase public access to the arts.