Aims of Modzawe Cultural Center was founded in 1970 by Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu to teach African history and culture. It is home to the Dinizulu Dancers, Drummers & Singers; the African Diaspora Children's Museum, which offers study in African history and culture by way of after-school and evening programs; and the Program in African Dance, which provides basic instruction as well as master classes.
Also on offer are lecture series, instruction in African music, languages and arts and crafts; movies by filmmakers of African descent and an exhibition program. These programs seek to instill in both adults and youngsters a sense of personal self-worth as well as a deeper understanding of the rich cultural heritage shared by those of African descent.
Aims of Modzawe Cultural Center sponsors the annual Odwira (African New Year) Festival in New York, the African-American Day celebration in Long Island City and an annual outdoor festival in Jamaica Queens. It has published the books Akan Priests in America and The Food I Eat in Ghana, both by Mr. Dinizulu, and has produced recordings of African rhythms and songs, among them Mystical Africa,Drums of Dinizulu, and Akom: The Religious Music of the Akans of Ghana and Nigeria.
Children can experience traditional African culture through African dance classes each Saturday at 10:30 am or Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm. The center also offers family lectures each Sunday at 4 pm.