MOCAN is a sacred space that brings people together and opens their minds with thought-provoking art from near and far. By bringing different points of view to the table to be acknowledged, discussed, and understood through the expression of art, we foster creativity and spark analytical conversation.

Connecting the community and the world together to advance contemporary art, inspire new ideas, and break down barriers.

Coming soon to Nashville, TN.


Jami Creel, Founder & Executive Director

Jami Creel is the founder and executive director of MOCAN, facilitating its mission to inspire artistic ideas, spark analytical conversation and bring the community together.

Prior to this role, Jami was the marketing and communications manager at Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership that supports entrepreneurs from ideation to exit and is guided by a vision to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation. Jami’s time at LaunchTN allowed her to wear many hats in the nonprofit/startup world. She started in entrepreneurship and innovation program development, which gave her a deep understanding of what entrepreneurs need to succeed. She then transitioned to marketing to promote capital formation and entrepreneurial programming initiatives and the annual 36|86 Festival.

Jami is an experienced marketing and business professional with a bachelor's degree focused in business administration in marketing from Middle Tennessee State University. She has served on the marketing committees for Nashville Design Week and Nashville Entrepreneur Week, the planning committee for Creative Exchange hosted by Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, and the advisory committee for Nashville Voice Conference.

Brooke Hoffert, Curator 

Brooke Hoffert is MOCAN’s curator, developing and implementing exhibitions featuring a range of contemporary artists and engaging target audiences.

Brooke holds a master’s degree in History of Art from University College London, where she specialized in Queer South African photography. She started her career in art working at Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery in London. 

Brooke is also the creator and editor-in-chief of FEMME magazine, which pioneers the voices and art of members of the LGBTQ+ community. She has also contributed as a writer for Floorr Magazine, an artist-run, London-based publication spotlighting emerging and established creatives. Her goal for MOCAN is to create a space where inclusivity, connectivity, and thought-provoking art can thrive. 

Peter Chawaga, Communications Director

Peter Chawaga is the communications director at MOCAN, responsible for communications and public relations initiatives and helping to spread the word about the museum’s mission and programming.

A lifelong art lover, Peter has worked on award-winning campaigns as a public relations executive and has held reporting and editing roles in newsrooms across the country. Peter has covered Nashville’s art scene for local publications including Nashville Arts and The East Nashvillian. His ongoing newsletter, Art of Nashville, spotlights work on display at galleries throughout the greater Nashville region, encouraging readers to visit them in person.

Peter earned a bachelor’s degree in english with a minor in journalism from Wake Forest University. Through MOCAN, he hopes to utilize his storytelling skills to give voice to inspiring contemporary art, capture a wide audience, and promote Nashville as a leading home for barrier-breaking creativity.


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