Dear Supporter,

Every year, MOCAD garners more and more recognition for our innovative exhibitions and programs. Detroit is a growing home to artists and creative professionals, with a thriving community of museums, galleries, and art schools that makes this city an extraordinary place to both create and experience art. Over the past decade, MOCAD has played an essential role in shaping and supporting Detroit’s emergence as a global center for contemporary art and culture, with a commitment to artistic freedom and youth education that sets our institution apart.

A donation to MOCAD’s Annual Fund helps us achieve our artistic and educational goals. Your gift supports the incredible artists, performers, and speakers who travel from near and far to bring their work to us and contribute to the cultural vibrancy of our city. Additionally, your contribution is a direct investment in Detroit’s progress, thereby driving the city’s creative vision and vitality.

With your support, in 2019 MOCAD:

  • Presented over 17 exhibitions
  • Hosted over 250 free public programs
  • Welcomed almost 60,000 visitors to our Museum, including 2,800 youth visits
  • Saw over 100,000 online visits, which totals over 160,000 visitors!
  • Launched 8 online projects including 4 newly commissioned works
  • Supported over 49 Detroit-based artists and musicians
  • Had two features in the New York Times and numerous mentions in national and international press

As we enter 2020, I encourage you to help champion and protect the cultural infrastructure of Detroit by supporting institutions and organizations like MOCAD, places that create access for people of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels to come together in learning, exploring new ideas, and expanding their imaginations.

With gratitude,



How does your contribution make a difference?

Donations to the Annual Fund ensure that artists and their ideas reach a wide audience. Making a gift helps the Museum shape art history and bring vitality to Detroit.

All donations to the MOCAD Annual Fund are 100% tax-deductible. Annual Fund donations of $250 and above will ensure great art and access to MOCAD with a Supporter level (or above) membership. MOCAD is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax deductive to the extent allowed by the law.


Gifts of $100 and above will receive a MOCAD t-shirt
Gifts of $250 and above will receive the benefits of previous level, plus a Robolights Detroit canvas tote bag
Gifts of $500 and above will receive all benefits of previous levels, plus a Robolights catalog
Gifts of $1,000 and above will receive all benefits of previous levels, plus a Dual/Family membership
Gifts of $2,500 and above will receive all benefits of previous levels, plus a Supporter membership and a limited edition Peter Williams print ($1,500 value)

Peter Williams, Resistance




MOCAD sees 60,000 visitors each year, giving opportunities to attend 17 art exhibitions and nearly 250 free public programs including lectures, live productions, and workshops.

The arts inspire and build community. When we need to escape the news and the day’s events, we sink into a moving work of art or performance or film or book and it restores us.
Graduation rate of high school seniors in our Teen Program is 100%. 89% are accepted to a college/university of their first choice and 98% are accepted to college.

MOCAD Operating Cost

$40/day to offer community free wi-fi

$280/day to keep admission free

$91/day to keep lights on

$164/week for outside facilities and groundskeeping

$125/month for our security system

MOCAD Programatic Costs

$1,000 to provide honorarium for a Teen Council Member

$2,500 to implement each MOCAD Family Day


Board of Directors

Burton Aaron
Maggie Allesee
Lisa Applebaum
Kate Beebe
Dr. Charles Boyd
Chris Byrne
Christine Tobias Colman
Lynn Crawford
David DeMuth
Linda Dresner
Elle Elder
Leslie Lewiston Etterbeek
Dan Feld
Jennifer Fischer
Elyse Foltyn — Chair
Lynn Gandhi
Marc Gardner
Laura Hughes
Kelle Ilitch
Roz Jacobson
Philip Kafka
Danialle Karmanos
Marsha Miro — Founder, Founding Director + President
jessica Care moore
Marisa Murillo
Carmen N’Namdi
Kristin Nicholson
Stuart Parr
Keith Pomeroy — Treasurer
Linda Powers — Secretary
Terry Rakolta
Terese Reyes
Teckla Rhoads
Sandy Seligman
Cate Strumbos
Shelley Tauber
Alexander Taubman