The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) celebrated its 18th anniversary its 3rd annual MoCADA Masquerade Ball. The event was held yesterday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Lepercq Ballroom where individuals who have positively influenced the community were honored.
Guest included: Rashid Johnson for the Artist Advocacy Award, Shantell Martinfor 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 additionally featured honorary Gala Chair: Maxwell.
Celebrity guest attendees included Lion Babe, Gina Belafonte, Sharon Carpenter, Mashonda Tifrere and more.
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.
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