The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) is one of six museums nationwide to receive a grant that supports exhibitions, community engagement programs and curatorial research.

The grants from the 2021 Art Dealers Association of America Foundation (ADAA Foundation), a nonprofit organization of leading art dealers, are awarded annually to small and mid-sized museums, archives and art institutions across the country.

MoCADA Executive Director and Chief Curator Amy Andrieux said the grant would support the research, development and programming for new multidisciplinary group exhibition, Ways & Means.

The exhibition explores the methods used to disseminate knowledge and stir calls to action within the Black community — charting a material history of community organizing and the liberation of Black people. Andrieux said the group show would celebrate the collective power of commentary in the Black community from newspapers to Black Twitter, and explore the methods by which knowledge is disseminated, and calls to action are activated through the lens of Black political media, their makers and the communities impacted.

“This exhibition builds upon MoCADA’s mission of deconstructing traditional museum models, amplifying Black voices through a diverse range of disciplines and mediums, including media and will be presented in Spring/Summer 2022,” she said.

Each year, art museums with an annual operating budget of under $5 million are invited by the ADAA Foundation to apply for grants of $10,000 to $15,000 to support the development of new exhibitions, research and programs. 

Michael Findlay, of the ADAA Foundation, said the foundation was supported by members “as a means of recognizing and further contributing to the broader arts community.”

“After the successful expansion of the grant’s scope last year to include digital initiatives and community engagement programs, we are pleased to support such a wide array of projects in 2021 — from social impact activities to landmark exhibitions — that engage the public with art in innovative and critical ways,” he said.

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