Kalia Brooks is a New York-based curator and writer. She was the Exhibitions Director at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, New York, and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Photography and Imagining Department in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU). She is also a PhD Candidate in Aesthetics and Art Theory with the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (idsva). Brooks received her M.A. in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts (CCA) in 2006. She served as Public Programs Coordinator at The Studio Museum in Harlem and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program 2007/2008.
Brooks was one of seven emerging independent curators nominated by A Blade of Grass Advisory Committee and interviewed by Deborah Fisher, Executive Director. She presented a compelling definition of social engagement, focused on the notion of generosity, that excelled both in its novelty and practicality.