African Art: Today, Tomorrow, and Forever
In October 2014, the Smithsonian Institution announced its first-ever national campaign, the Smithsonian Campaign. At the National Museum of African Art, we are excited to be a part of this transformative campaign to propel what is already one of the nation’s greatest assets into a 21st-century catalyst for change. During this campaign, the museum—which has been the primary institution for African art in the United States for the last 50 years—will establish itself as a leader for the next 50 years and beyond.
This campaign is about realizing our aspirations as an institution. With your help, the National Museum of African Art believes it can continue to grow as
- a premier location for viewing traditional and contemporary art from the continent and the diaspora today,
- a cornerstone of cross-cultural learning to educate tomorrow’s leaders in the field, and
- a center for the conservation and acquisition of these arts in order to preserve them forever.
These goals have informed our priorities during this campaign. We will work toward securing funding for
- people, including full-time staff, fellows, researchers, and artists-in-residence,
- places, to update and improve our exhibition and programmatic spaces,
- preservation, to support and increase our conservation and acquisition initiatives, and
- programs, to enhance and sustain our public events and educational outreach.