African Art Museum Receives Major Contribution From the Ford Foundation

The African Art Museum has received a $3 Million contribution from the Ford Foundation.

With support through the Ford Foundation’s Supporting Diverse Arts Spaces initiative, the Museum for African Art will complete construction of its new building. Located on Manhattan’s venerable “Museum Mile,” it is scheduled to open this fall.

Located at 1280 Fifth Avenue this will be the first new museum building built on New York’s Museum Mile since the completion of The Guggenheim in 1959, the Museum for African Art’s new building will encompass approximately 80,000 gross square feet with 16,000 square feet of exhibition space, dramatic event space, theatre, education center, library, classrooms, restaurant and gift shop.

The museum was founded in New York City in 1982 and quickly became America’s leading independent institution devoted exclusively to African art and culture. Its exhibitions are widely recognized for pioneering the way African art is seen and understood.

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