Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art celebrates 50 years




smithsonian-african-artYesterday the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art celebrated it’s 50th anniversary. The museum was founded on June 3, 1964 by Warren Robbins as a private educational institution. Robbins envisaged the museum to be an outlet of “cross-cultural communication through education in the arts of Africa.”, a mission that still remains.

NMAfA founder Warren Robbins with ‘Roots’ author Alex Haley on February 23, 1977. Robbins, a longtime friend of Haley, founded the National Museum of African Art in 1964 “To foster cross cultural communications between people through education in the arts of Africa”. Source: Smithsonian

NMAfA founder Warren Robbins with ‘Roots’ author Alex Haley on February 23, 1977. Robbins, a longtime friend of Haley, founded the National Museum of African Art in 1964 “To foster cross cultural communications between people through education in the arts of Africa”. Source: Smithsonian

Yesterday DC Mayor Vincent Gray proclaimed June 3 as the “National Museum of African Art day”.

 

National campaign from the late Maya Angelou, NMAfa’s honorary chair

The National Museum of African Art is planning a series of public programs dedicated to the celebration of this historic connection. Through collaborative performing arts, a lecture series, cross-cultural exchange, hands-on art workshops, film screenings, mural painting and additional performances, the Museum wishes to tell the story of Oman’s connection with the East African coast.

Visit Africa.si.edu/50years/ to learn more.

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