#Vogue paid @Shantell_martin a visit and gave #MoCADA a shout out. Come down before the #AreYouYou #exhibition closes on #Sunday.
Read the piece on Vogue.com
A three-part series looking at the history of France’s black community and their long struggle for recognition.
"When you leave the Caribbean, there’s no doubt in your mind that you’re French. But when you arrive in Paris you’re not French anymore; you’re black."
Lilian Thuram, former professional football player
Michelle just became a #friendofMoCADA and stopped by to get an #Areyouyou #poster, while in #NYC from #LA. You too can become a supporter; go to Mocada.org (her: MoCADA Museum)
Join MoCADA as we kick off our 5th Annual Soul of Brooklyn Festival! This weeklong series of events celebrates African diasporan arts and culture while promoting partnerships between local arts organizations and Black businesses.
Stay connected here for updates about the full week of events!
Photographer Kwesi Abbensetts will be debuting his show - SPIRIT- a self curated exhibit of photographic works at Freecandy Creative Space, 907 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn. Opening at 7 pm - 1am - on July 24.
DJ Negus Korby will be spinning tunes, Irie. FREE
Works included in the exhibition will be a multilayered presentation of prints.
A body of work that explores the idea of Spirit. It is a seeking out of its presence, and the bringing to the surface the manifestations, Spirit. It is a tackling and confrontation of a darkness and light.
Hidden in spaces of the face are mercurial machinations of expressions, the revealing of embedded Spirit. Rooting them out is the stance of this show. - I have one request, of my attendees, that you wear red, black or gold or however you invent them together. It is not a strict rule, only a polite request towards setting up a vision for production of SPIRIT.
Kwesi Abbensetts is a New York visual artist who hails from 64 Village off the Corentyne country coast of Guyana. Abbensetts investigates his blackness. His aesthetic is informed by his West Indian origins, the colors, the sun, the vibrancy and the culture.
Dear MoCADA Family,
MoCADA is in danger. If that scares you a bit, good. You are receiving this letter because you are a part of the MoCADA family. Perhaps you have attended our exhibition openings, gone to a Soul of Brooklyn block party, or your children participate in MoCADA’s Artists-in-Schools program. Maybe you like our great posts on Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest. Whatever your reason for joining us, you’re not alone. Over the past 15 years, MoCADA has provided arts programming to over 500,000 people in Brooklyn, and throughout the African Diaspora.
We’ve been lucky to have the support of so many fantastic foundations over the years, and we are very grateful for their ongoing commitment to cultural arts. Our funders are model philanthropists who continue to stand by our growth and innovation. But it is not enough to rely on foundations and government grants to stay afloat. We are in danger because we are a small, Black organization and wealth inequality continues to be a very real challenge in the community we serve. We operate without an endowment or major individual donors, making us vulnerable to funding cuts. If a funder decides they no longer want to support the arts (as often occurs), we have to cut free programming, or even staff. That’s why we’re asking you to take action now.
We know most of you have seen our “100 Reasons to Give” campaign, highlighting all the great reasons to support MoCADA. You’ve complimented the incredible growth we’ve experienced in the past year: doubling our staff size, stepping up our marketing and design, and increasing our programs and the number of community members we serve. In order for MoCADA to continue this expansion and increased visibility, we need at least 1,000 new members of our monthly donor program, Friends of MoCADA. Right now we have 47. We know there are many more of you out there who want to help, but just haven’t found a free minute to sign up. Truthfully, we can’t do the work we do without your active support. After all, if we don’t have the backing of our family, who do we have?
MoCADA is in danger, but it is in your power to ensure our continued growth, and take us to the next level. As we enter our new fiscal year, we want to maintain the higher standard you have held us to, but we cannot do it alone. The only way for MoCADA to achieve institutional strength is with your financial pledge. It doesn’t take much: if just one percent of the 500,000 people MoCADA has touched become Friends of MoCADA by pledging a donation of just $10 a month, we can raise nearly three quarters of our annual budget⎼ instantly! We need you now more than ever, and we can’t wait to continue to grow with you.
James E. Bartlett Executive Director
Drawing on Things with Shantell Martin Friday at 6:30pm - 8:30pm MoCADA (80 Hanson Place)
Inspired and led by Shantell Martin, adult workshop participants will bring their own objects to adorn with elaborate, original drawings! BYO blank canvas (any white object — clothing, curtains, tote bags, shoes, lampshades, whatever!) and drawing supplies will be provided. Open bar.
One of Africa’s leading musicians and a pioneer of theEthiopian music scene during its ‘golden age’ in the 60s-80s, Mahmoud Ahmed’s career has enjoyed longevity due to his blend of classic Ethiopian folk music styles with soul, jazz & funk, and of course the distinct and unbelievable talent embedded in his beautiful multi-octave voice.
Now, thanks to ISSUE Project Room and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, Mahmoud Ahmed will be performing live in Red Hook, Brooklyn—his first New York performance since 2011.
Additional supporting acts will be announced soon for this indoor/outdoor event, which opens ISSUE Project Room’s summer concert series in collaboration with Pioneer Works.
Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life (1938 – 1997), his music, and his social and political importance. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) brings audiences close to Fela’s fight against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 80s. With his audacious music and a great deal of courage, Fela Kuti helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria, promoted Pan Africanist politics to the entire world and became an inspiration in the global fight for the rights of all oppressed people. By also exploring the creative process behind the Broadway musical Fela!, directed and co-conceived by acclaimed choreographer Bill. T. Jones, Finding Fela makes a gripping statement about the power of art to affect social, political and personal change.
Shout outs to Flos for submitting this lighting piece in collaboration with Shantell Martin for ‘ARE YOU YOU’! Don’t forget to check out the show before it closes July 27!