Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Africa Center?

Encompassing policy, business, and culture, The Africa Center operates locally and globally to transform our understanding of contemporary Africa. The Africa Center promotes partnership, collaboration, dialogue and understanding between African artists, business leaders and civil society and their counterparts in the United States and beyond. The Africa Center will host visual, performing, and digital arts presentations; develop and disseminate innovative educational tools; convene focused, thoughtful peer-to-peer exchanges; and sponsor results-oriented policy research.

Where is The Africa Center?

The Africa Center is located at One Museum Mile at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 110th Street on the northeast corner of Central Park. At the crossroads of the Upper East Side, Harlem and East Harlem and less than twenty minutes from the United Nations, The Africa Center is uniquely positioned to serve both a local community and a global audience. Our landmark 70,000 square foot building, at the beginning of the iconic Museum Mile, which features such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum, will place Africa prominently in the heart of New York City.

When will The Africa Center open, and when can I visit The Africa Center?

The Africa Center is currently under construction. We look forward to welcoming visitors once construction is complete.

Who leads The Africa Center?

The Africa Center is led by a diverse and talented Board of Trustees, which is shepherding The Center’s transition from grand vision to reality. They are predominantly young, over half are female, and one third are African. They all come from unique perspectives and accomplished professional backgrounds. They have appointed Dana M. Reed as Interim CEO.

Is The Africa Center related to the Museum for African Art?

Yes. Once known as the Museum for African Art, The Africa Center was renamed to communicate an expanded mission of connecting Africa with the United States and beyond. Founded in 1984, The Museum for African Art organized nearly 70 exhibitions that traveled to over 143 venues in 17 countries, bringing the art and cultures of Africa to a wide array of audiences worldwide. Building on this history, the Center will be a home for exhibitions, performances and showings of visual, performing and digital art from Africa, in addition to its policy and business offerings.

Is The Africa Center looking for collaborators or partners?

The Africa Center is currently focused on completing construction of its permanent home, but we welcome proposals from potential collaborators and partners at proposals@theafricacenter.org.

How can I contribute to The Africa Center?

The Africa Center greatly appreciates public support for its mission, work and programmatic content. The Africa Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all donations, including those from estate planning, are fully tax-deductible. For more information email us at contribute@theafricacenter.org or visit the Support page.

Is The Africa Center continuing its fundraising?

The Africa Center continues to raise funds to complete the construction of our home on Fifth Avenue and to fund future programming and exhibitions.

Does The Africa Center purchase, appraise or authenticate artwork?

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Africa Center does not conduct commercial appraisals or authenticate artwork. We recommend scheduling an appointment with professional auction houses or galleries with expertise in African art.

Who should I contact for media inquiries?

Please email us at info@theafricacenter.org.

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