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 creative projects.
Moore has sat on numerous boards, committees and panels (from the National Endowment for the Arts to the WSFC Arts Council), been a speaker or facilitator at several conferences, workshops or seminars locally and nationally, and has taught or lectured at the university level (from Yale University to Harrisburg Area Community College). 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 post graduate 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.
Morenga Hunt – Advisor
Morenga is a graduate of and former instructor at Ohio State University.
Hunt’s professional history includes serving as V P – Education at the N C Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC, Managing Director of an arts and cultural center in Manchester, England, UK, and music management services 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.
Frederick P Moore – Research /Administrative Associate
He majored in Biology Education at Hampton University, Hampton VA. After 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. Further, Moore continued his academic and civic pursuits by receiving the AAS (Biotechnology) from (FTCC) and a WFUBMC Internship (Pediatric Physiology) in 2011.
Since March of 2007, Moore has worked in several assistant/support positions with: Experiment in Self-Reliance, Tyson Foods, Belcan/Caterpillar and the Winston-Salem Urban League. He received the WSFC Arts Council’s 2012 Regional Artist Project Grant to complete his memoir, I ONCE WAS LOST. He is currently the Musical Director for two churches and In God’s Ministry, his gospel singing group.
Imani 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.