Saturday, October 12, 2013, The Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) gave their 8th Annual Gala, The World’s Canvas, honoring Philanthropist Dr. Sandra Hernandez, Actor Danny Glover and Actress Alfre Woodard at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco.
The mission of the Gala was to support the museums local education programs, celebrate and honor those who are an intricate piece to the MoAD vision, as well as showcase history, art and cultural richness. Hosted by Pam Moore of KRON Channel 4, The Palace Hotel was filled with MoAD supporters and the electrifying sultry sounds of world renowned, Grammy nominated singer, Ledisi. The gala had everyone out in their finest elegant ensemble showing their love for MoAD and honorees.
MoAD opened December of 2005. Since then, the art exhibit has been effective in educating people of all ages on the disperse of African culture, history and art of African descent within the United States. With effective scholars and community leaders such as Mayor Willie L. Brown, the scope of this cultural facility has successfully made an impact on the world.
While being appreciated by the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area community, MoAD took the opportunity to recognize and celebrate well accomplished and strong willed icons that use their platform to educate, improve and enhance different communities. Actor Danny Glover was awarded with the Patron of Culture award, Dr. Sandra Hernandez the Legacy of Philanthropy and Actress Alfre Woodard Performing Arts and Leadership. Through the honorees and presentations, the message to pay it forward and keep the arts alive was the turning theme and well received.
Philanthropic visionary and public health leader Dr. Sandra Hernandez is a perfect model for paying it forward. Leading one of the largest foundations in the country, the San Francisco Foundation, Hernandez seeks to advance practices that enact long term solutions in different communities by creating opportunities for generations of Bay Area families.
Performing arts honoree, Alfre Woodard, received her award by giving thanks and admonishing those present to donate and advocate for the vision MoAD has to continue enriching people of all ages through their exhibition, educational programs, history and art.
“I am a product of the arts in school, keeping art accessible to children and teenagers in education help them now with their academics and in the future,” says Woodard. “Equipping them with a little faith that their big desires are attainable gives them the courage and drive to keep going.”
The Museum of African Diaspora will continue being intentional about educating the world as a unique and dynamic world class institution. People of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds will be able to enjoy, study and appreciate history, art and culture together through MoAD for years to come.
Check out a few pictures below
Images courtesy of Carl Storey Jr. / Dynamic Digital Works