Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow: The Museum of the Future

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Journey with us to where the timeless artistry of the African Diaspora converges with the innovations of tomorrow. At our museum, every exhibit is not just a showcase but an experience. Bridging Miami with global rhythms, we blend our rich heritage with cutting-edge technology, reaffirming our mission and vision with every pulse and pixel.

Our Story
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Artistry in the Age of Digital Renaissance

From our inception, the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora has not only celebrated the vast tapestry of African Diaspora art but also pioneered its digital evolution.

Our immersive murals aren't just to be viewed but to be lived in person at the site and virtually. 

Through virtual shows, visitors from any corner of the world can step into our space, transcending geographical bounds. This symbiosis of tradition and technology positions us at the vanguard of contemporary art, constantly pushing boundaries and redefining experiences.

Blending Past and Future into Art's Present

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The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora will discover, commission, collect and preserve the work of the most advanced contemporary artists of the Global African Diaspora and its mother continent Africa. As a museum of the future, the museum will embed technology in exhibitions, programs, and practices, going beyond digital art offerings to explore ways technology can elevate experiences, educate and reach audiences around the world.

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 The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora will become the preeminent national platform for contemporary art of Africa and the African Diaspora, by embodying the African Diaspora experience across its many iterations through different contemporary art forms; serving the community by remaining deeply rooted in the Greater Miami context while acknowledging the significant connections to the African continent; engaging the local and international community in meaningful conversations around identity; showcasing experienced and emerging artists of the Diaspora; and bringing to life the many stories of the community.

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  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Tradition
  • Education
  • Legacy

Team Members

Behind every virtual tour, augmented mural, and digital initiative lies a dedicated team that marries art with innovation.

Our collaborative blend of artists, technologists, educators, and visionaries ensures that Miami MoCAAD isn’t just preserving art, but also reinventing how it's experienced. Guided by a future-oriented board of directors, the museum becomes a space not just of display, but of dynamic interaction.

Nelson L. Adams, M.D.


Nelson L. Adams, M.D.,  who serves as chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson North Medical Center, is committed to eliminating racial and ethnic inequality in health. He is the chairman of the board of the Sunshine State Health Plan, trustee emeritus at Barry University and a member of the Orange Bowl Committee.

Sheldon T. Anderson

Chairman and CEO

Sheldon T. Anderson, Sheldon T. Anderson is Chairman and CEO of Grove Bank & Trust and the former president and CEO of the Southeast Region of the Northern Trust Company. A Miami native, he serves on Baptist Health of South Florida boards, the Miami Dade College Foundation, the New World Symphony, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Orange Bowl Committee. Sheldon is also past chair and member of the boards of the Beacon Council, Grove Bank & Trust, and the United Way of Miami-Dade County. Sheldon holds a degree in international studies from the Ohio State University.

Monique D. Hayes


​Monique D. Hayes practices in the areas of business transactions, commercial litigation, creditor’s rights and corporate restructuring. She has extensive experience advising fiduciaries, corporate and non-profit board members, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Monique has successfully represented clients in a broad range of bankruptcy matters including claim prosecution, asset sales and acquisitions; finance transactions, bankruptcy plan confirmations, avoidance actions, directors and officers claim litigation, Ponzi scheme and other fraud litigation. She also has substantial experience representing franchisors in franchisee bankruptcy proceedings. In the innovation and technology sector Monique has represented start-ups, entrepreneurs, and founders in corporate formations and restructuring, due diligence, and related transactional matters.  Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Hayes served as law clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Laurel Myerson Isicoff and as a consumer bankruptcy attorney for Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. She was an attorney at the law firm Genovese, Joblove & Battista, P.A. before moving on to join Goldstein & McClintock.

Marilyn Holifield

Board Chair

Marilyn Holifield is a partner in Holland & Knight LLP, an international law firm that traces its history to the 1890s.  She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Concentration in Black Studies from Swarthmore College, Juris Doctorate from Harvard University and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Barry  University. Ms. Holifield was born in Tallahassee, Florida where she was one of three black students to desegregate Leon High School.  Her legal career began at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York City, where she litigated class action employment and prison reform lawsuits. She was General Counsel for Peter Edelman at the New York State Division for Youth and worked as a law clerk for Judge Paul H. Roney of the United States (former) Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She joined Holland & Knight in 1981 and became a partner in the firm in 1986 – the first black woman partner of a major law firm in Florida.  Ms. Holifield serves on the Executive Committee, Harvard Board of Overseers; Board of Managers of Swarthmore College and Board of Trustees of University of Miami.  She has served on the Directors Committee of Holland & Knight, Executive Committee of the Harvard Alumni Association and two terms as chairperson of the ABA Conference of Minority Partners in Majority/Corporate Law Firms. She is consistently listed as a top lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America, Florida Trend's Legal Elite and Super Lawyers and has received numerous awards. While growing up, outreach by Florida A&M University supported her involvement in the arts (music, visual arts, dance, journalism, and children’s theater).  Her continuing involvement includes her collection of artwork from the African Diaspora.

Hans Ottinot, Esq

Managing Partner of Ottinot Law

Hans Ottinot, Esq, is Managing Partner of Ottinot Law, P. A. He formerly served as Chief Legal Strategist for RK Centers, a family held real estate development company with an excess of more than 8 million square feet of commercial property in South Florida and New England.   As the former City Attorney for the City of Sunny Isles Beach, he was primarily responsible for providing strategic legal advice to city officials on complex development projects and representing the City in complex litigation. In 2014, Hans was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the 11th Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission. He has served as Chair for the Executive Council of the City, County, and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar. He also served as a member of Miami-Dade County Charter Committee. He was appointed by the President of the Florida Bar to serve as the liaison for government lawyers on the Florida Bar Board of Governors.  During his tenure as City Attorney of the City of Sunny Isles Beach, Hans has played an integral role in the review and approval by the City Commission of numerous development projects with a total real estate value exceeding $5 Billion Dollars. These projects include but are not limited to internationally recognized projects such as Porsche Design Tower Miami, Acqualina Resort, Mansions of Acqualina, Jade Signature, and Ritz Carlton Residences. He has also acquired through negotiations and litigation real properties for the City exceeding $100 Million Dollars in value. Due to his expertise in real estate development projects, Hans was recognized in 2008 by Florida Trend’s Magazine Legal Elite as one of the top government attorneys in the State of Florida. The South Florida Legal Guide also recognized him in 2004 as one of the top government attorneys in South Florida.  Prior to being appointed City Attorney of Sunny Isles Beach in 2005, he served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Sunny Isles Beach, and City Attorney for the City of North Miami. He was the first City Attorney for the City of Miami Gardens, the largest African-American municipality in the State of Florida. He is a former State of Florida Assistant Attorney General. He is a former president of the Haitian Lawyers Association and holds memberships in the Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association, Caribbean Bar Association, TJ Reddick Bar Association, and the Cuban-American Bar Association. Ottinot received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University and law degree from University of Miami School of Law.


Discover the Vibrant Art of the African Diaspora

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Discover the Vibrant Art of the African Diaspora

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