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October 22, 2014: Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), a San Francisco-based arts and cultural institution dedicated to preserving and sharing stories of a common African heritage, reopens Dec. 3, 2014 following a six-month makeover. The museum, now a Smithsonian affiliate, joins a national network of cultural institutions that partner with the Smithsonian to share resources and expertise. Among the new exhibitions on display: Drapetomania and Lava Thomas: Beyond… Download PDF.


July 17, 2014:

  • • Before It’s News, a website for alternative news, mentions MoAD for its joint work with the African American Museum and Library for its present ‘Authors in Conversation’ exhibit. DOWNLOAD PDF
  • • Jetset Magazine leverages MoAD as the cultural draw for people to stay at the St. Regis Hotel. DOWNLOAD PDF
  • • Forward Times highlights MoAD as one of the stops on the Kinsey Collection’s tour around the U.S. DOWNLOAD PDF


July 10, 2014: San Francisco, CA – The California Historical Society launches new daytime and evening programs that bring the beauty and history of Yosemite to San Francisco. Throughout the month of July as part of the ongoing exhibition, Yosemite: A Storied Landscape, the California Historical Society will host special event, presentations, educational programs and family events.
Yosemite: A Storied Landscape highlights a broad collection of stories told through multiple and varied perspectives. From the Christmas-time hijinks of the photographer Ansel Adams to the summertime patrols of the post-Civil War–era Buffalo Soldiers, these tales link the famous with the unknown, the new with the old. Download the press release as a PDF.


June 5, 2014: San Francisco, CA – While MoAD is temporary closed for renovations beginning in June to October 2014, it will continue to share its cultural treasures through a series of public programs between June 7 and September 10, 2014. “MoAD in the Neighborhood” will offer readings, lectures, workshops, panel discussions and author discussions at various locations in San Francisco and Oakland. All events are open to the public and many of them are free. Check MoAD's online calendar, or Download the calendar as a PDF.


June 4, 2014: San Francisco, CA – San Francisco's Museum of African Diaspora, housed on the ground floor of the St. Regis Hotel, is taking a four-month hiatus this summer during a $1.3 million redesign aimed at giving it more curb appeal, reconfiguring space to make room for more exhibits and making the ground floor more inviting.Under the leadership of new Executive Director Linda Harrison, who took office last December, the nearly nine-year-old museum hopes to "re-imagine" itself and get on the path to building a much larger permanent collection.

"The board selected me to take the museum to the next level," Harrison told me Tuesday morning in a wide-ranging conversation that touched on many aspects of the museum's history, her background and her belief that the tiny, 14-person nonprofit can help make a huge difference in how Americans view themselves. Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE.


May 29, 2014: San Francisco, CA – The Museum of the African Diaspora will temporarily close in June as it undergoes an exciting four-month makeover. During the closure, a series of readings, lectures, workshops, panel discussions and author discussions titled “MoAD in the Neighborhood” will be featured at various locations in San Francisco and Oakland beginning in June and concluding in September. MoAD will reopen its doors in early October 2014.

“This is a really exciting time for MoAD to transform itself into the welcoming and thriving cultural institution that it is,” said Linda Harrison, executive director of MoAD. “Upon completion of this summer’s renovations, MoAD will even more beautifully tell the story of the impact that people of African descent make on modern and contemporary life all over the world.”

Renovations to the building, which first opened in 2005, will refresh the museum’s overall look and feel while also creating more exhibit space. The renovation is the first major step in an effort to transition the facility from a museum that houses temporary exhibits into a fine arts museum with a national presence that showcases both permanent and rotating collections. The refreshed look and expanded exhibit space also will give MoAD the capacity needed to grow its community, educational and outreach programs. Press release PDF


MARCH 24, 2014: San Francisco, CA – San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora (www.moadsf.org) is pleased to announce the return of PUSH Dance Company for the ninth season on March 29 and 30. PUSH will present the premiere of Point Shipyard Project, a dance installation featuring movement, music, spoken word and video that showcases the ongoing challenges of living in proximity to the toxic Hunters Point Naval Shipyard as long-term cleanup of the radio-active contaminated site continues.

"This is a vibrant, exciting and electric youth performance held on the staircase of our museum," said Linda Harrison, Executive Director of MoAD. "PUSH expertly expresses the topic of the toxic shipyard clean-up through the integration of multi-media platforms and modern dance choreography." Press release PDF


MARCH 10, 2014: San Francisco, CA – It's really no surprise that Linda Harrison, Executive Director of San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora, (www.moadsf.org) will be honored at the 5th Annual Powerful Women of the Bay Awards Luncheon on March 27 at Wedgewood in the Metropolitan Golf Club in Oakland. The event celebrates the outstanding contributions of women in the San Francisco Bay Area in honor of Women's History Month in March. The theme of this year's Women's History Month is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. Press release PDF

FEBRUARY 24, 2014: San Francisco, CA – Thanks to a generous multi-year grant by The James Irvine Foundation's Exploring Engagement Fund, the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco is pleased to present I've Known Rivers: MoAD Stories Project – Crossing Fences: Conversations & Stories with African American Men Across the Generations on February 27. Press release PDF

FEBRUARY 10, 2014: San Francisco, CA – Working in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, the largest museum and research complex in the world, San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora is pleased to present two new youth programs Behind the Lens: Girls of Color and The Rhythm of Being Brown from February 22 through March 19. The courses are possible thanks to the Will to Adorn program of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage which hand selected MoAD because of its effective approach to developing curriculum. Will to Adorn is part of a national movement to empower girls of color by exploring the past, defining the present and celebrating their cultural beauty. Press release PDF

JANUARY 27, 2014: San Francisco, CA – February is Black History Month, and the national theme for 2014 is Civil Rights in America. Starting February 6, San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora (www.moad.org) offers a month-long series of public programs and events designed to celebrate Black History Month.

"The amazing collection of films, workshops, music and performances we are offering at MoAD in February and beyond honor the history, contributions and successes of African Americans and others in the movement for civil rights and equal treatment under the law," said Linda Harrison, Executive Director of MoAD. Press release PDF

JANUARY 13, 2014: San Francisco, Ca. Celebrate the dream that unites us as one at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora (www.moadsf.org) on Monday, January 20. This is the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a national day of observance. To honor the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s life and bring people together, MoAD is offering free admission to the museum and all of its exhibits, performances and programs for the entire day. Press release PDF

DECEMBER 20, 2013: San Francisco, Ca. For a exhibition about dialogue, it was instead a moment of silence that opened the new show at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora. Crosscurrents: African and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1980, focuses on the black liberation movement and its impact on the arts, culture and politics across the world, is on display at MoAD through April 13, 2014.

The reflective silent moment was called by MoAD’s new Executive Director Linda Harrison to honor Nelson Mandela’s recent passing. According to Harrison, several pieces connected to Mandela are included in the Crosscurrents exhibit. Press release PDF.

DECEMBER 10, 2013: San Francisco, Ca. The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is pleased to announce the selection of its new executive director, Linda Harrison. "The Board of MoAD is thrilled to have retained Linda Harrison as our new Executive Director,” said L. Wade Rose, Chairman of the MoAD Board and Vice President of External and Government Relations, Dignity Health. “Linda has the leadership skills and management experience necessary for moving MoAD forward. The Board and Linda are in full alignment on what is necessary for MoAD to grow." Press release DOC.

OCTOBER 16, 2013: (ANNOUNCEMENT) San Francisco, Ca. Final presentation of the current IKR volume will be on Saturday February 22, 2014, from 11am - 2pm at the Bayview branch library.

OCTOBER 15, 2013: San Francisco, Ca. — Cal Humanities has announced the 2013-2014 Community Stories grant awardees. The Museum of the African Diaspora has been awarded $10,000 for its project entitled The Bayview Hunters Point Oral History Project. Press release PDF.

JUNE 2013: Museum of the African Diaspora opens new exhibitions featuring the works of photographers J. D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, a Nigerian national treasure, and the renowned Gordon Parks. Press release PDF.

MAY 2013: Museum of the African Diaspora Kicks Off the Summer Season with New Exhibitions, Free Admission and Family Events including Black Music Month and Juneteenth celebrations. Press release PDF.

MAY 2013: Museum of the African Diaspora Announces Change in Executive Leadership. Press release PDF.

JAN 2013: Black History Month Weekend Celebration, Feb 8-10, 2013. Press release PDF.

JAN 2013: Wells Fargo Honors the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with National Art Exhibit Featuring the Renowned Kinsey Collection. Bay Area region release

JAN 2013: Wells Fargo Honors the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with National Art Exhibit Featuring the Renowned Kinsey Collection. National release

JAN 2013: ScholarShare presents Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Free Day. Media Alert

JAN 2013:The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect. Media Alert