JOMA Arts & Consulting, LLC
JOMA Arts & Consulting, LLC was founded in 1998 by John L. Moore, III and Mary (Imani) Drayton-Hill, as the JOMA Arts Group in Washington D.C. They originally conceived JOMA as an independent, commercial-theatrical production company, focused on works from the African diaspora. It was to be locally based but nationally focused. In December of 1998, JOMA offered its first project as a test of the concept: a staged reading of Kenneth Carroll’s “Make my Funk the P-funk”, in cooperation with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
In 2000, John Moore accepted an offer and served for two years as the Executive Director of the Afro-American Cultural Center (now the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts+Culture) in Charlotte, NC. He left to refocus his attention on the development of JOMA, with a goal of serving people through the arts, locally, regionally, and nationally. Some of his national work includes: serving as a career consultant/workshop presenter at three Americans for the Arts national conventions and… Also JOMA senior consultant Morenga Hunt currently serves as faculty/advisor in Winthrop University’s Master’s in Arts Administration Program (MAAA).
From 2005-2010 JOMA became a full-time endeavor and achieved a national profile of successful consulting engagements. In 2018, JOMA had a 20th Anniversary gathering with key supporters, funders and team members. It has proven that one of its core strengths is in utilization a small, dynamic team working in a niche market.