Media Contact: Eunicia Baker, MPA - Senior Public Information Officer
City of North Miami
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ebaker@northmiamifl.gov

CITY OF NORTH MIAMI DECLARES IMPASSE IN MEDIATION WITH OUTGOING MOCA BOARD

North Miami, FL – 11/5/2014

It is with great disappointment that the city of North Miami and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) must announce that mediation between the City and the outgoing board of trustees of MOCA has reached an impasse.

“We entered these negotiations over five months ago in good faith, with the goal of finding a fair and equitable exit agreement for that board,” explained Aleem A. Ghany, City Manager, “each time we were led to believe we were close to an agreement, the outgoing board would make additional, unrealistic demands that were simply not in the museum’s best interest and further damaging to MOCA’s existence and reputation.” 

Upon entering negotiations, the city of North Miami was hopeful that mediation would provide an end to this matter of separation quickly, fairly and without further damage to MOCA and its reputation.  That was not possible with the unprecedented demands made by the outgoing board during mediation; therefore, the City is left with no other option than to return to litigation, allowing the judge decide the divisive issues. 

MOCA adheres to the principles of Best Practices, Ethics and Standards defined by the American Alliance of Museums and to the deontology governing the museum field.  The North Miami City Council and City administration are committed to keeping MOCA in North Miami to serve its mission to make “contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences -- especially underserved populations.”
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