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Jul 19, 2011

MoAD: Museum of the African Diaspora

We love San Francisco for its rich history of serving as the cultural center for diverse communities.

Its Chinatown is the oldest in North America, the city still has the highest percentage of LGBT residents in the U.S., and we still remember how hippies flocked to Haight-Ashbury.

That's why we shouldn't have been surprised when the Museum of the African Diaspora opened there in 2005, and became one of the few museums in the world solely focused on showcasing the rich African Diasporan culture.

Through traditional and innovative exhibitions, educational programs, and workshops for adults and kids, MoAD offers myriad opportunities to learn and enjoy the culture and history of the African Diaspora and communities of people of African descent across the world. That unique approach is evinced in one of our favorite exhibits, a powerful two-story-high image of a little girl created from 2,000 separate photographs.

We're also really excited about "Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India." Through the presentation of 32 patchwork quilts made by Siddi women, the exhibition offers a look at the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean, and shows how cultural form and traditions have been adapted throughout the Diaspora.

Soulful Stitching is on display now through September 18.

Address: 685 Mission St.; San Francisco, Calif. 94105. 415.358.7200

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