Posted September 19, 2015 by Editorial Staff in 2015

Museum of the African Diaspora Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Annual Gala Oct 10 in San Francisco

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MoAD kicks off Emerging Artists Program introduced as part of milestone year

finding the i in diasporaSAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 13, 2015) –Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) celebrates its 10th anniversary with its annual gala Sat., Oct. 10 at the museum and San Francisco’s St. Regis Hotel. The theme for this year’s event, Finding the I in Diaspora, permeates this year’s celebration. The event features dinner, entertainment, a cocktail reception and dancing. In addition, in celebration of the museum’s milestone anniversary, MoAD launches its inaugural Emerging Artists Program for Bay Area artists.

Two finalists will be selected to display two-month solo exhibitions which reflect the cultural and artistic richness of the African Diaspora. “This year’s annual gala represents a milestone moment for MoAD as we celebrate our mission to build a deeper understanding of the African Diaspora,” said Linda Harrison, MoAD’s executive director. “The number and quality of art exhibitions, programs and events we’ve cultivated over the last 10 years visitors highlight the wonder and excitement regarding how our personal histories are connected. MoAD is proud of our efforts and look forward to providing new, quality experiences for first-time and returning museum-goers alike.”

MoAD’s Emerging Artists Program

MoAD’s Emerging Artists Program invites local, California-based artists to participate in the opportunity to exhibit work which reflects the cultural and artistic richness of the African Diaspora. In mid-September, two finalists will be selected to display two-month solo exhibitions. The first show will be on view from Nov. 11–Jan. 17 and the second from Jan. 27–April 3.

For consideration, candidates must submit an individual exhibition proposal of their work which could include: paintings, mixed media, photographs, sculptures and/or 2D/3D visual art that elaborates on the four themes of MoAD (origins, movement, adaptation and transformation). The Emerging Artists Program exhibitions will be presented in a multipurpose, innovative artwork space in the museum’s second floor Salon gallery.

This year’s gala is emceed by the KTVU-TV anchor, Dave Clark, and his wife, J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark, founder and artistic director of Opera Noir. MoAD is honoring several people for their continued support, including:

• Philanthropist Drs. Jewell and James Gibbs
• Philanthropists Peggy Woodward Forbes and Harry Bremond
• Actress, activist and artist, CCH Pounder
• Contemporary artist, Mickalene Thomas

The host committee is comprised of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, City Administrator Naomi M. Kelly, London Breed, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and San Francisco Supervisors Malia Cohen and Jane Kim. In addition, special guests Kofi Bonner and Gladys Moore are event chairs, while Wilkes Bashford and Deborah Santana are honorary chairs.

Finding the I in Diaspora themes the hallmark celebration highlighting how the original diaspora connects us through history versus the contemporary diaspora which impacts everyone through the arts, culture and community. The theme also seeks to celebrate the power of photography to create independent personal and political histories in newfound ways of identity exploration and portraiture. MoAD’s current exhibit, Portraits and the Other Likenesses, exemplifies this theme and will be on display at the museum until Oct. 11.