Join the National Museum of African Art and celebrated former director Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole to help our mission endure forever.
When Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole joined the National Museum of African Art family as its director in 2009, she brought with her a wealth of experience in long-term reinvigoration of famed institutions, a deep and passionate knowledge of Africa and its diaspora, and—of course—her famous warmth and welcoming spirit. After eight successful years leading the institution, Dr. Cole retired from our museum in March 2017. During her tenure, she led the museum through many achievements, including the creation of one of the first diversity and inclusion initiatives in a U.S. art museum.
A humanitarian, an educator, and a role model, Dr. Cole inspires us to dream big. In 2016, the museum’s Advisory Board established the Johnnetta Betsch Cole Fund for the Future to raise money specifically to support our mission-related activities and future opportunities.
But our job is not done! Now, as she has been named the museum’s director emerita, we honor Dr. Cole’s legacy by continuing to fundraise for the museum’s future. With your help, this fund for our future will continue to support the museum’s mission, now and forever: To inspire conversations about the beauty, power, and diversity of African arts and cultures worldwide.
How You Can Help
The JBC Fund for the Future is about looking forward. Your contribution will support long-term initiatives and ensure that we continue to present our incredible programs and exhibitions to every visitor, always free and open to all.