I got the following e-mail from Denise Bradley. Does not really bode well for non-collecting culturally-based Museums. Or maybe San Francisco was not the right town to do an Afro-centric place? Who knows...I'll blog more on this later:
Friend of MoAD
Today is my last day as Executive Director of MoAD. Some of you may have read about my departure. As I leave to pursue a number of new, exciting initiatives, I write this note filled with gratitude and pride about what WE – the MoAD staff and volunteers, the Board, donors and members, the Bay Area community, and MoAD friends and supporters across the globe – have accomplished in launching and establishing the Museum of the African Diaspora as a unique and timely testament to our collective, shared human origins out of Africa. MoAD’s mission – to connect all people through the art, culture and history of the African Diaspora – is a celebration of our universal connection.
It has been an extraordinary privilege to have been chosen to open this vitally important cultural institution and to help the community and the world understand its importance. I thank the Board, the Staff, Mayors Brown and Newsom, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, the City’s cultural community, the St. Regis San Francisco Hotel and Residences, the Foreign Consulates as well as all of the individuals, foundations, and corporations throughout the Bay Area and beyond who have supported me in my role as Executive Director and shared my vision of what MoAD could become.
My passion and commitment to MoAD and its mission are unwavering. To that end, I will continue to stay involved, specifically focused around development and fundraising, two vitally important areas for MoAD, as they are for any museum. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you to help MoAD achieve its next milestones. I remain an advocate of cultural diversity, and MoAD is a personification of our rich, shared heritage, because for me, culture truly does matter.
Again, I thank each and every one of you.
V. Denise Bradley
She's a Harvard Business School Grad, with all kindsa great experience - ouch...