MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT

aka MOCAD   |   Detroit, MI   |  www.mocadetroit.org

Mission

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) presents exhibitions and programs that explore the best of contemporary art, connecting Detroit and the global art world. MOCAD is focused on art as a means to nurture social change and human understanding, reflecting our community. We encourage innovative experimentation by artists, musicians, makers, cultural producers, and scholars to enrich all who participate and to educate visitors of all ages in the power of art. Whether from Detroit, or around the world, we welcome creative voices who can guide us to an equitable and inclusive future. We believe that art can change us, and it is our responsibility to hold a space where challenge, acceptance, hope, and beauty can coincide.

Ruling year info

2006

Deputy Director

Marie Patton

Director of Exhibitions + Facility Operations

Zeb Smith

Main address

4454 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, MI 48201 USA

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EIN

20-3872376

NTEE code info

Art Museums (A51)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Through its operations and programming, MOCAD seeks to solve two community issues: underrepresentation amongst certain demographics and a lack of access to the arts. MOCAD believes that art plays a transformative role in communities. By helping to build cultural participation, the Museum can have a powerful role in sustaining and advancing a democratic society.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

EXHIBITIONS

MOCAD presents the incredible artwork of local, national, and international artists by organizing multidisciplinary art exhibitions that are curated to reflect the diversity of Detroit and the world. The Museum organizes 12-15 exhibitions per year across three seasons, which may have been produced in-house, be traveling, or feature a guest curator.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

MOCAD facilitates dialogue in the Detroit community regarding the themes of current exhibitions by organizing artist and curator talks, tours, workshops, public panels, film screenings, music presentations, and other interactive public events.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

MOCAD arts educational programming to youth by organizing robust opportunities for interpreting the arts, through free hands-on workshops, family days, tours, and a teen council that works closely with MOCAD staff to present teen artist exhibitions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average dollar price for classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of guided tours given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

EXHIBITIONS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Total number of exhibitions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

EXHIBITIONS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MOCAD uses the following objectives to measure its annual impact.

1) Serve as a hub for contemporary art and culture in Detroit by being open to the public Thursday - Sunday

2) Offer arts educational programming to youth by organizing robust opportunities for interpreting the arts, through free hands-on workshops, family days, tours, and a teen council that works closely with MOCAD staff to present teen artist exhibitions

3) Present the incredible artwork of local, national, and international artists by organizing art exhibitions that are curated to reflect the diversity of Detroit and the world

4) Facilitate dialogue in the Detroit community regarding the themes of the Museum’s current exhibitions by organizing artist and curator talks, tours, workshops, public panels, film screenings, music presentations, and other interactive events

5) Ensure that everyone, no matter their socioeconomic level, has easy access to the arts by remaining admission free and having free or low cost public programming

MOCAD’s programming seeks to be inclusive and welcoming to the Metro Detroit community, with particular emphasis on people of color and youth. The Museum partners with artists of racial and ethnic minorities who have been traditionally underserved and underrepresented in U.S. cultural institutions. MOCAD seeks to feature artists of color and - through lectures, performances, and workshops - spark an open conversation in the community surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Museum provides a forum for the dynamic and passionate people of Detroit to share their knowledge and seek progress. Additionally, the Museum has robust educational programming for youth organized by MOCAD’s Teen Council. MOCAD serves as a safe and welcoming environment for kids and teens to learn art production and assessment skills.

In order to reach a larger audience, MOCAD has free admission and digital programming. The Museum’s closest neighborhoods are located in some of the poorest ZIP codes in Michigan. Removing financial barriers to the public ensures that everyone can experience contemporary art. To audiences who may find it difficult to visit the Museum, MOCAD also invests heavily in arts technology. Our online exhibitions and programs, which often connect to those onsite, deepen the experiences of our community with content and ideas. The Museum frequently records and livestreams its public programs and posts videos onto its website, which also houses an exhibition archive with pictures and written content of all of MOCAD’s exhibitions.

Through its policies and facilities, MOCAD ensures that everyone in the Metro Detroit community may access and enjoy the Museum. MOCAD is open for extended (non-banking) hours two days a week, and education programs are offered at different times. MOCAD is easily reached by public transportation, has free parking with designated handicap spaces, and bike racks. MOCAD’s building is one-story with an accessible main entrance. The assembly areas of the building are adaptable to integrated and dispersed wheelchair seating as necessary. MOCAD’s exhibition areas, counters, bathrooms, and water fountains are wheelchair-accessible. Visitor Services staff have been trained with ADA requirements in mind, and may address accessibility questions and service animal etiquette. Guided tours are available for those who are vision impaired. MOCAD has a list of sign language interpreters to call in as needed for public programs and events.

MOCAD was founded in 2006. The Museum hired its first full-time Director in 2008 and developed a clear curatorial vision that targets the Museum as a site of production and thinking hub. In recent years, MOCAD has established a Department of Education and Public Engagement (2011), launched the Mobile Homestead public art project as a secondary exhibition space (2013), started the MOCAD Teen Council for Metro-Detroit youth (2014), created the MOCAD Curatorial Fellowship for rising art and museum professionals (2016), and organized capital and endowment campaign called the Future Fund for the Museum’s sustainability (2019).

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elyse Foltyn

Cultural Leader

Term: 2014 -

Lynn Crawford

Literary Artist, Kresge Fellow

Linda Dresner

Owner of Linda Dresner, Inc

Elle Elder

Owner of Torn/Fader

Danialle Karmanos

Cultural Leader

Marsha Miro

Founder, Founding Director, and Board President; Former Art Critic for the Detroit Free Press

Carmen N'Namdi

Founder of N'Namdi Center

Keith Pomeroy

Board Treasurer; Chairman of the Pomeroy Family of Companies, including Pomeroy Health, Inc., Pomeroy Management, Inc., and Pomeroy Investment Corporation

Linda Powers

Board Secretary; Owner of Linda Powers Interiors

Sandy Seligman

Cultural Leader

Cate Strumbos

Owner of Dozer Cycle Studio

Shelley Tauber

Cultural Leader

Charles Boyd

Plastic Surgeon and Owner of Boyd Beauty

Leslie Lewiston Etterbeek

Cultural Leader

Jennifer Fischer

VP, Suburban Motors

Elyse Foltyn

Board Chair; Cultural Leader

Marc Gardner

Owner, North American Bancard

Roz Jacobson

Cultural Leader

Marisa Murillo

Attorney

Kristin Nicholson

Cultural Leader

Christine Tobias Colman

Private Jeweler

jessica Care moore

Poet, Cultural Leader

Stuart Parr

Architect and Designer

Lisa Applebaum

Art Advisor

David DeMuth

President + Co-CEO of Doner

Dan Feld

Board Chair & CEO of the Susanne F. Hilberry Endowment for the Arts

Lynn Gandhi

Attorney

Matthew Gaughan

Richard Prince Studio

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Filmmaker

Kelle Ilitch

Child + Education Advocate

Philip Kafka

President - Prince Concepts

Terese Reyes

Gallery Owner and Cultural Leader

Alexander Taubman

Senior Vice President, Oaktree Capital

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes