The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) presents exhibitions about the experiences and cultural contributions of people of African descent. One such show, entitled The Gentrification of Brooklyn: The Pink Elephant Speaks, examined how urban planning, eminent domain and real estate development have affected Brooklyn's communities and how residents throughout the borough are responding.
MoCADA was founded in 1999 in a building owned by the Bridge Street AWME Church, a former stop on the Underground Railroad, in historically black Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. In 2006, in order to accommodate a growing audience, staff and programs, the museum relocated to a larger, 1,700 square foot space on the ground floor of the James E. Davis 80 Arts Building in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Educational and public programs include the free, annual KIDflix Film Festival of Bed Stuy, internship programs for high school and college students, and lectures and guided tours relating to the annual National Black Fine Art Show.