Religion touches the lives of all of us, regardless of individual beliefs or practices. Yet, something as deeply personal as religion is often reduced to abstract theological tenets. The National Museum of African Art wants to become a place in which everyone can express their experience in a respectful setting, thereby building community and empathy through knowledge.
Throughout May and June, the museum is introducing educational programs centered on the global religions of Africa. Consisting of panel discussions and talks by religious studies, art history, and museum studies scholars as well as religious leaders and practitioners on specific topics, these programs will not only increase awareness but model respectful dialogue as we begin this new era of engagement with our communities and their spiritual landscape.