MoCADA is devoted to utilizing the visual arts as a medium to address, discuss, debate and resolve contemporary social, political and economic issues that disproportionately affect the people of the African diaspora through the creation of innovative exhibitions, public programs, community outreach initiatives and educational interactive tours. The experiences and cultural contributions of people of African descent have been grossly marginalized throughout history. Our mission is to undertake the responsibility of rewriting this history in order to give a more accurate portrayal of contributions to the historical, artistic and cultural landscape of the world by people of African descent.
MoCADA was founded in 1999 in a building owned by the historical Bridge Street AWME Church in heart of the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. Laurie A. Cumbo founded MoCADA in response to Brooklyn's overwhelming need for a museum reflective to the art and culture of the African Diaspora. To achieve these ends, the MoCADA Planning Headquarters was created to begin the initial planning of the building and construction. The objective was to fulfill the daily tasks and responsibilities required to launch a project of incredible magnitude. These tasks included hosting community planning meetings, fundraising events, grant writing, garnering community support and communication. Moreover, the temporary space allowed MoCADA the opportunity to mount modes art exhibitions to artists with limited options. Since the museum's founding, MoCADA has established a reputation for creating stellar programs focused on the African Diaspora. The KIDflix Film Festival of Bed Stuy, the High School & College Internship Programs, the National Black Fine Art Show Educational Series are just a few of the educational and public programs MoCADA develops each year.