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Mission


The Africa Center provides a gateway for engagement with contemporary Africa.

The Africa Center is transforming the world’s understanding of Africa, its Diaspora and the role of people of African descent in the world. Serving as the hub for the exchange of ideas around culture, business, and policy related to the continent, and in the spirit of collaboration and engagement with individuals and institutions who share the Center’s values, The Africa Center inspires enthusiasm, and advances thought and action around Africa’s global influence and impact on our collective and shared futures. This mission is guided by a leadership team that includes Board Co-Chairs Chelsea Clinton and Hadeel Ibrahim, Board President Halima Aliko Dangote, and CEO Uzodinma Iweala.

The Africa Center’s physical presence on Fifth Avenue at the intersection of Harlem and the Museum Mile is a location that embodies the dynamism and diversity of Africa and its Diaspora in the heart of New York City. Caples Jefferson Architects (CJA) was engaged in 2016 to design the facility, responding to The Africa Center’s ethos as an experimental, inclusive institution fostering business, policy, and cultural exchange locally and globally. To serve the Center’s programming, the New York-based firm designed a receptive, flexible, and expansive structure—its Museum Mile location in East Harlem contextualized architecturally and programmatically.

Since launching its public programming in January 2019, The Africa Center has already attracted and engaged thousands of visitors in a series of inaugural performances, installations, talks, readings, book signings, and film screenings. Teranga, a fast-casual restaurant located on the Center’s first floor that highlights food from the continent and hosts tastings and cooking demonstrations aligned with the Center’s programming and mission, has received critical acclaim.

General Information


Public Hours 
The Africa Center is closed until further notice due to COVID-19

Monday, Closed
Tuesday—Thursday, 8am—7pm
Friday, 8am—9pm
Saturday, 9am—9pm
Sunday, 9am—7pm

We are also open on select evenings for scheduled public programs. For details about our current programs, please visit our home page and click on the images.

Teranga is open during our regular public hours. Please follow Teranga on social media for news of any exceptions for ticketed or private events.

Admission

Admission to The Africa Center is free, except for ticketed programs and events. For details about each of our current programs and to purchase tickets, please visit our home page and click on the images.

Location

The Africa Center is located on Museum Mile at the intersection of 110th Street and Fifth Avenue. We are accessible by taking the 1 and 2 trains to the 110th Street Station/Central Park North Station or by taking the 6 train to the 110th Street Station.

Our physical address is:

1280 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Contact Us

212-444-9795
info@theafricacenter.org

For press and media inquires, please email press@theafricacenter.org.

Group Visits or Tours

The Africa Center does not currently offer group visits or tours. However, we welcome all visitors during our public hours.

Partnership Proposals  

If you are interested in partnering with the Africa Center to present a program or an event, please complete our Partnership Proposal Form. NOTE: The Africa Center does not currently accept unsolicited exhibition proposals.

Facility Rentals

If you’re interested in renting The Africa Center for a special event, please complete our Event Space Rental Inquiry Form. A member of our team will contact you directly to discuss details of your request.

Accessibility

The Africa Center strives to accommodate visitors of all abilities in a welcoming environment. Ramp access is available at the Center’s main entrance at 1280 Fifth Avenue. The Center’s installation space, Teranga, and restroom facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Visitor Guidelines
  • Service animals are welcome. Pets are not permitted in the Center.
  • Please do not touch the works of art on display, including wall installations.
  • Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the Center.
  • Unless otherwise noted, photography in the Center is allowed for personal, non-commercial purposes only. Videotaping and tripods are prohibited.
  • The Center does not have a coat check and does not accept any items for storage.
  • Smoking and e-cigarettes are not permitted anywhere within the building.
  • The use of charcoal, pastels, permanent markers, paint, and easels is prohibited.
  • The Africa Center’s staff and visitors have the right to an environment free from abuse, threatening, or inappropriate behavior. The Center reserves the right to remove any person acting in an unacceptable or inappropriate manner.
  • Please note that visitors to the Center may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded. By visiting or attending a program, you grant the Center permission to use photographs and/or audiovisual recordings in which you appear for archival, documentary, publicity, advertising, or other purposes.
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