James E. Bartlett is Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout Mr. Bartlett’s diverse career in media and the arts, he has developed new models for creative development that take into account the changing landscape of modern business, media, and technology. In 2006, Mr. Bartlett cofounded MVMT, a business cooperative supporting progressive companies that serve artists and arts organizations through marketing, design, media production, and consulting. Additionally, Mr. Bartlett co-founded, Media MVMT, a film production house whose first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Currently, Mr. Bartlett is leading MoCADA’s $12 million capital campaign for the construction of a new building, to be located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, which is scheduled to open in 2017.
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) is a platform for the creation and interpretation of Black arts, culture and imagination. An international organization with a dedicated community focus, MoCADA uses the arts as an agent for social change and connection. Through innovative programming that reaches well beyond the physical walls of the institution, MoCADA redefines the concept of a museum, and its place in contemporary life and discourse. The museum supports the work of multidisciplinary artists who sit at the crux of aesthetic innovation and social justice content, while placing Africa and the Diaspora in a central position. Through support of emerging artists, MoCADA strives to cultivate the next generation of artistic innovators who will continue to change our world for the better.