Since 1984, the Museum for African Art has presented exhibitions that bring the art of Africa to the attention of a growing public. The museum is also one of the foremost publishers on African art and has an active public education program.

The Center for African Art was founded on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 1984. In 1993 the organization moved to larger quarters in SoHo and changed its name to the Museum for African Art. In 2002, the museum relocated to Long Island City in Queens, where it exhibited until 2006. The museum is currently holding its exhibitions and events in other New York City locations. Its future home at 1280 Fifth Avenue in East Harlem is currently under construction.

Programs for Seniors
The museum's Active Bodies, Active Minds program works with senior centers on physical exercise and art-making workshops.


The museum's broad scope and lively educational approach celebrate the rich culture of Africa. From the telling of African folktales to movement workshops to classes in how to make protective amulets, the museum reaches out to children and families with its weekend and after-school activities. Family programs, held in conjunction with current exhibitions, introduce children to African cultures through literature, art, music, dance, song, games, crafts and other activities. Seasonal events, such as Kwanzaa, are celebrated with workshops and other programs.


The museum conducts gallery lessons for students in Kindergarten through grade 12. Teacher training and educational materials related to the changing exhibitions are available.