Mission: To provide a gateway for engagement with contemporary africa. The organization's work is premised on the idea that this emerging market of one billion people, characterized by extraordinary diversity and complexity, is inescapably relevant to building a prosperous, secure, and desirable future.
Programs: Curatorial: in fy14,the museum for african art continued to travel the following exhibitions off site:ibrahim el salahi: a visionary modernisttate modern, london 7/3/2013 - 9/22/2013dynasty and divinity: ife art in ancient nigerianational museum lagos 5/18/2012 - 7/30/2013vrldskulturmuseerna / swedish national museums of world culture: stockholm 9/7/2013 - 2/23/2014 gothenburg 4/12/2014 - 11/13/2014
new museum: over the past several years, the organization has been laying the groundwork to bring to fruition its long-term goal of creating a permanent home. The organization has found an ideal location at the intersection of 110th street and 5th avenue, ideal from both a cultural and historic perspective. During fy '11, the organization purchased a new museum unit and since then has incurred costs in connection with the building of the new permanent home.
school and family programs:in fy14, the museum for african art offered numerous school-based and community-based programs for k-12th grade students and their families. The youth ambassador summer internship program was expanded into a collaborative program with the murray bergtraum high school for business careers and the cooper-hewitt national design museum. The museum and the murray bergtraum high school for business careers created a day-long work / internship program entitled, career blaze! During may 2014, over 160 students were exposed to arts-based careers including: development, museum education, multi-media marketing, and curating. Eight professionals spent the day with students devised in a lecture-discussion format and information on the various careers and job development skills were provided to the attending students. At the cooper-hewitt national design museum we presented a month-long series during june of 2014, with the teen audiences of designprep. Over the course of the entire month, 200 teens are now currently working with master craftsmen and craftswomen in weekly career workshops that are focusing on creating cultural african design forms, while also learning trade skills for useful and purposeful art. Design elements are focused on african percussion instruments, objects used in rite of passage ceremonies, and iconic african cultural symbols used in product designs. The sandbox series was successfully completed in august 2013 with our yearly collaboration with the central park conservancy. At the completion of the 6-week program, over 1,680 children/family participants experienced storytelling, music, and dance representing various regions of the african continent. Our planned bronx zoo programming had a scheduling conflict with other activities at the wildlife conservation society, so the museum collaborated with harlem link charter school to create a month-long, afterschool african visual arts series for k-5 students. Over 30 students worked with master visual artists to produce arts inspired by regional works of the continent. Students created east african inspired art with artist, tessfaye tessema of ethiopia, south african ndebele art with master designer, sandra a. M. Bell, and benin clay art designs with artist, ivy omere of nigeria. The residencies culminated with an exhibition of the student works for families and school community. Our family fridays program broadened its reach and collaborated with the american museum of natural history to present an african-themed experience for their night at the museum sleepover program on may 30, 2014. Family participants were exposed to african diaspora music and dance of brazil, african music & percussion storytelling time, and hands-on arts making activities, which included african animal puppet-making. Over 300 participants were in attendance. In addition, the museum partnered with el museo del barrio to present an african & african diaspora storytelling session as part of their made in new york theme super sabado programming, and again over 300 audience members attended this program on may 17, 2014. The museum completed multiple arts-based residencies at wadleigh secondary school for visual and performing arts. Over 250 students were engaged in residencies focused on african/caribbean dance, brazilian capoeira, and african percussion. At the culmination of each semesters residency programs, students presented to their family and school community members a final performance presentation. As our new location is still under construction, our early childhood cultural program and the drumming circle with african dance program was re-directed to visual and performance art experiences at brooklyns ps 139, and queens ps 135. 125 k-3rd grade students were engaged in these programs. Lastly, but certainly not least, we are very excited about the museum for african arts new and expanded mission into the africa center. We will experience a slowdown in programming as we plan, construct and complete our new home; but upon completion we are greatly looking forward to a ten to twenty fold increase in our educational and programming outreach. Project ii museum programs for adultsin fy14, the museum for african art was very successful in offering programs of the taac, and present two lecture/lecture-presentations. The taac programming for 20 educators was re-imagined and restructured to accommodate only those educators receiving the museums in-school workshops and residency programs. As opposed to hosting teachers at our new facility, which is still under construction, opportunities for teacher prep & professional development were completed at their school facilities. These activities were facilitated with a total of 12 educators distributed between ps 135, ps 139, wadleigh secondary school, and harlem link charter school. Our future taac programs and activities, part of the structured nycdoe chancellors days, will be a fy15 pursuit in order to adequately time and plan for the acquisition of a new city contract with the doe, to provide and support appropriate professional services. Two lecture/lecture-presentations were presented for conversations with a continent. In february 2014, the museum presented a lecture-talk with the noted south african artist, kendall geers and new york-based writer, art historian, joshua decter. Over 40 persons attended this collaborative program with art in general. In may 2014, with the partnership of the city college center for the arts-aaron davis hall, and the caribbean cultural center-african diaspora institute, the museum presented a lecture-presentation-informance by the peggy choy dance theater titled, thirst. In addition to the abbreviated dance shorts, founder, peggy choy along with dr. Marta vega of the caribbean cultural center led a group discussion, with audience participation on the inspirations of the various african and asian inspired dance pieces, and the historical and cultural influences on the work.