African cinema addresses a wide spectrum of the human experience. Themes include, among other topics, racism, self-determination, women's issues, politics, history, love, faith, religion.
Tours and OutreachLearn about Studio Africa, a partnership between the National Museum of African Art and the Links, Incorporated (Potomac Chapter)
Tours are based on objects and themes reflected in the museum's collections and exhibitions. Visitors and groups of no more than 15 may request an unscheduled tour at the information desk in the museum's pavilion, subject to docent availability. These tours may be pre-empted by a selected exhibition tour. Museum representatives also travel to classrooms, community groups or senior centers to introduce audiences to African art.
Docent tours are offered Wednesdays at 11 AM, Thursdays at 11 AM and 3 PM, Fridays at 11 AM and Saturdays and Sundays at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM, subject to docent availability.
The NMAFA Performing arts programs bring to life the art and cultures of Africa. Since the summer of 2007 performing arts programs have increased and have featured local and African artists of dance, music, and spoken word.
The NMAFA Education Department also brings to life the art and cultures of Africa through workshops. These programs feature local and African artists, writers and educators. Please enjoy some of the workshop highlights through these photos and video.
Clinics and Resources
African Art curators and conservators meet with the public to assess individual works of art and offer advice on the proper care of care of their collections.
Artist interviewsFor the opening of Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora, we asked each of the attending artists to comment on their work in relation to the exhibition's theme of relocation and diaspora.
Artist installationsWillem Boshoff installing "Sand." (Textures)
Fathi Hassan painting his "Untitled" mixed media piece. (Textures)
Conserving an Ethiopian Icon
Africa in Motion Performing Arts Series
NMAfA - Ideal Charter mural partnership blog
The National Museum of African Art and the IDEAL Academy Public Charter School have partnered on a mural project. Read the blog and participate in this exciting project.
The sounds that make up the diverse music of Africa are now yours to explore. Radio Africa streams, at no charge, complete tracks from the collections of Smithsonian Global Sound. From the rhythms of Benin to the wedding music of Ethiopia to the traditional Zulu music of South Africa to the parade music of Senegal, you'll never know what you'll hear next!
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