Posted November 14, 2017 by Editorial Staff in Art+Culture

The MoAD Afropolitan Ball – $1Million Raised to Keep Black Culture in San Francisco

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Pictured: [Guest], Eric McDonnell, Hydra Mendoza, Pauline Ul, Fred Blackwell, [Guest], [Guest]

When the Hiplet Ballerinas of Chicago, IL get the party started at a gala, you know you’re in for an absolute treat.  The MoAD Afropolitan 2017 Ball took place on October 28, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco and it was outstanding as expected.  Hundreds attended and more than $1M was raised towards MoAD’s goal of keeping Black Art & Culture in the City of San Francisco.  It’s no secret that the African American population in San Francisco has decreased tremendously over the last 20 years, so while the people, in many cases, have been forced to make an exodus from the city, keeping the black history and culture that made the city what it is today, is extremely important.

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Linda Harrison, [Guest], Katie Allen

It was very refreshing to see so many young professionals attending the MoAD Afropolitan Ball this year.  MoAD’s commitment to advancing the message of the need to elevate the voice of black art in San Francisco is critical to this movement – a movement as I call it.  MoAD understands the value of embracing young professionals and millennials in the conversation as they will soon be, or they already are, those ‘next in line’ to bring the message full circle, not just in San Francisco, but nationally.  MoAD’s Vanguard Leadership Council has the charge of outreach to young professionals throughout the Bay Area, many who don’t know about the museum and others who have desired to find a place to share their artistic talent and other professional skills that the museum can use.

The honorees of the evening were Betye Saar – Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and Fred Blackwell – Visionary Leader in Philanthropy.  It would be great to see a young philanthropic professional honored next year as this would even further elevate the reach to a group of people who are open to being included and can bring money and talent to the table.

And go!

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MoAD stresses keeping black art and culture strong in San Francisco | Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle

The Museum of the African Diaspora’s Afropolitan Ball on Saturday, Oct. 28, raised more than a million bucks, which more than met the monetary goal of this all-out swanky party. But there sure was a larger purpose: “Together,” said the inside of the program for the “Shades of Black” party, “we will keep black art and culture in our city.”

If it seems there are fewer and fewer blacks in San Francisco, this was an occasion for the city’s most prominent members of that community — including Willie Brown, honorary co-chairman of the event with Lloyd Dean of Dignity Health — to put on their best duds, party with old pals and confirm their place in the city’s cultural mosaic. “This is more black people together than you usually see,” said one woman. “People like to see each other,” especially in black tie and silver-beaded gown, which was what she was wearing.

Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle>>