The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, announced that Chana Budgazad Sheldon—the Miami director and national program adviser at ProjectArt, a nonprofit organization that provides free after-school programs for underserved communities—has joined the institution as its new executive director. She took up the post on Wednesday, January 17.
“Art and culture can transform lives and communities,” Sheldon said in a statement. “MOCA, through its exhibitions and programming, has for decades been a key hub of cultural engagement for the local community and beyond. My focus as the museum’s new director will be to facilitate that engagement and foster connections between artists, the local community, and the global dialogue in contemporary art about the issues of our time.”
Previously, Sheldon was the executive director of Miami’s Locust Projects, a long-running nonprofit and experimental exhibition space. During her eight-year tenure there, she produced more than seventy exhibitions and initiated the organization’s first public art and educational programs.