John L. Moore, III – Principal
Moore began his career as an actor and has acted or directed in community, educational, and
professional theatres. He has worked as an arts manager, administrator, and consultant for
major institutions and community based organizations across the United States. Moore has
held positions such as Executive Director – Afro-American Cultural Center, (Charlotte, NC),
Senior Program Advisor – National Arts Stabilization (Baltimore, MD), Deputy Director for
Programs – Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (Harrisburg, PA). Through JOMA Arts & Consulting, LLC he continues to serve as a consultant/advisor for government agencies, foundations, individual artists and not-for-profit organizations, and as an independent producer for original theatre/film projects.
Moore holds a M.A. in Performing Arts Management from the University of Illinois/Springfield
and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Morgan State University. He has also completed additional
study in Executive Leadership at McColl School of Business/Queens University, Strategy at
Harvard Business School, and Arts Management at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Weusi Baraka – Associate Producer & Community Organizer
Weusi Baraka brings over 20 years of experience as an arts organizer and cultural curator on projects in multiple disciplines (theater, music, dance, film, TV, fine art, etc). His work behind the scenes is often done without being recognized or fanfare. He’s been involved with a wide range of works that span from UNESCO’s Women in Africa project, Voices of America’s Hip-Hop Connection, The Kennedy Center Honors, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on HBO, the film SLAM, Sound Sessions Music Festival and the The National Black Theater Festival … all the way to working with community-minded projects such as FC Harlem (youth soccer), DC Youth Poetry Slam Team, TheBrave New Voices Youth Poetry Festival, DC Black Luv Festival and a variety of youth development and arts programs.
Frederick P Moore – Research /Administrative Associate
He majored in Biology Education at Hampton University, Hampton VA. Receiving his BS in 1979, he then pursued graduate studies in Physiology at The College of William and Mary and at NC State University. He was accepted into Medical School at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1981, but withdrew in 1984.
Since his release in March of 2007, Moore has worked in assistant/support positions with: Experiment in Self-Reliance, Tyson Foods and Belcan/Caterpillar. He was a Job Developer/Health Educator with the Winston-Salem Urban League, and a Lab Assistant at Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC). Further, Moore continued his academic and civic pursuits by receiving the AAS (Biotechnology) from (FTCC) and a WFUBMC Internship (Pediatric Physiology) in 2011. In 2012, he received the WSFC Arts Council’s 2012 Regional Artist Project Grant and is currently the Musical Director for In God’s Ministry, his gospel singing group.
Mani Drayton-Hill – Advisor
Imani Drayton-Hill is an applied economics consultant who specializes in the transitional phases in small and diverse businesses and creative organizations. She spent several years as an arts manager, including leadership positions with Woolly Mammoth Theater, African Continuum Theatre, and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.
Her work also includes projects with non-arts organizations, including Gateway Community Development Corporation and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Drayton-Hill has served on the Joe’s Movement Emporium board of directors since 2003, and has been a frequent peer review panelist for local, state, and federal arts funding agencies.
Morenga Hunt – Advisor
Hunt’s professional history includes serving as Vice President of Education at the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC, Managing Director of an arts and cultural center in Manchester, England, UK, and managing festivals and musicians in Washington, DC. He provides a variety of professional consulting services to arts, non-profit, and for-profit organizations and businesses. He has received multiple awards and recognition for his work in the USA and abroad, including the Community Enterprise Award in England, and Winthrop University’s Medal of Honor in the Arts Award and has served as a national and international consultant to various arts, civic, higher education, and community-based organizations.
Morenga is a graduate of and former instructor at Ohio State University.