Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Second Annual Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts Masquerade Ball Thursday, May 19, 2016, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lepercq Ballroom

Derrick Adams, The Rockefeller Foundation & Studio One Eighty Nine Founders Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah To Be Honored
Featuring Benefit Paddle8 Art Auction Curated by Mickalene Thomas
Honorary Gala Chairs: Maxwell, Estelle, Bevy Smith and more confirmed to attend
(New York, NY—April 26, 2016) The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), is excited to celebrate its 16th anniversary of serving the community through the arts with its 2nd annual MoCADA Masquerade Ball, to be held Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Lepercq Ballroom. The annual Spring 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 Derrick Adams for the Artist Advocacy Award The Rockefeller Foundation for the Philanthropic Advocacy Award and Studio One Eighty Nine Founders Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah for the Social Justice Advocacy Award. The MoCADA Masquerade Ball is set to feature confirmed Honorary Gala Chairs: Singer/Songwriter/Producer Maxwell, Grammy Award winning international recording artist and songwriter Estelle, and Television Personality Bevy Smith 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 evenings sponsors include Cholula Hot Sauce, Fox Audience Strategy, Habana Outpost and JetBlue.

MoCADA will also partner with Paddle8, the award winning online auction house that offers museum-worthy works and contemporary collectibles, for an unprecedented online auction curated by Mickelene Thomas that will include works from artists such as Renee Cox, Sanford Biggers and Carrie Mae Weems. The online auction will commence prior to the gala on May 5th and conclude post event on May 19th.  For more information, please visit

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.


About MoCADA

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) was established in 1999 as Brooklyns 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 museums 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.

For More Information Contact:

Tiasia OBrien
P: (718) 230-0492

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