Laurie A. Cumbo is the Executive Director and Founder of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). Ms. Cumbo is also an adjunct professor in the Graduate Department of The School of Art & Design at Pratt Institute. Ms. Cumbo holds a Master of Arts degree from New York University in Visual Arts Administration and completed her undergraduate studies at Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History.
Ms. Cumbo’s educational career has been bolstered by her extensive work experience in arts education as well as her travels abroad. She has worked at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Grey Art Gallery. Moreover, her travels throughout Europe, Africa, South America and North America have given her a global perspective on arts education. She has studied at such universities as the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands and the Fuji Studios in Florence, Italy. As a native of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Cumbo hopes to utilize her educational and professional experiences to bring about an increased presence of the arts in the Borough of Brooklyn.
She is also a member of ARTTABLE, the American Association of Museums, the National Alliance of African & African American Art Support Groups, and the Spelman College Alumni Association.