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Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection
Desert Jewels presents a superb collection of jewelry and late 19th- and early 20th-century photographs of North African landscapes, urban scenes, and portraits.


The Museum for African Art aims to instill a lifelong passion for the arts and cultures of Africa. Through specially designed educational programs, the Museum strives to meet a wide range of learning styles and interests for range of audiences. To learn more about any of these programs, please contact the education department by emailing or calling (212) 444-9795.


Programs geared toward adult audiences include lectures, panel presentations, and workshops with leading writers, artists, scholars, critics, and other creative thinkers. These programs explore the themes in current Museum exhibitions as well as cultural, political, and social issues related to Africa and the African Diaspora. Please check the Museum's upcoming events page for currently scheduled lectures, workshops, performances and more.

Museum Walk


The Museum for African Art’s Active Body, Active Mind program provides activities and benefits designed specifically for New York City senior citizens, with the goal of encouraging healthful mental and physical living habits and improving the quality of life of its participants. Active Body, Active Mind offers free art-making and dance workshops, guided tours of art exhibitions, and other events specially organized for seniors. Members also receive free admission to exhibitions and programs at partnering arts and cultural organizations. To enroll in this program, please contact or call (212) 444-9795 ext. 119.

Active Body, Active Mind membership is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the Aetna Foundation, Inc.


Educator Workshops

The Museum is dedicated to helping teachers incorporate the history, arts, and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora into their curriculum. The Museum partners with local organizations in offering educator workshops and can also offer multi-session workshops for groups of educators.

The Museum can also offer full or half-day workshops for groups of educators that explore ways to integrate visual arts, music, and dance with history and current issues into the curriculum. Dates and times are flexible.

Educator Guides

The Museum provides resource materials for teachers including teacher guides based on Museum exhibitions that include artwork, primary sources, sample lesson plans, bibliographies, and background materials about African art and current issues in Africa. Teacher guides may be downloaded for free and can be printed and photocopied for use in the classroom.

Public Programs

Museum for African Art offers programs to provide informal learning opportunities for visitors to explore the exhibitions and current African issues in deeper ways. Programs geared toward adult audiences will include lectures, panel presentations, and workshops, with writers, artists, scholars, critics, and other creative thinkers. These programs will explore themes in the special exhibitions and current art, political, and social issues related to Africa and the African Diaspora. Please check the Museum's event page for currently scheduled lectures, workshops, performances and more.

journey through africa exhibit

Youth and Families

Youth Ambassadors Summer Internship Program

This paid internship offers New York City high school students the opportunity to engage in learning about African art and culture while developing hands-on work experience. Each summer, twenty-five teens selected to the program become community social journalists, documenting their learning experiences through primary social media as bloggers, educators and digital artists. Participants explore cultural topics central to African and Diasporic communities. Ideal candidates will have an interest in art, African history, culture, working with social and digital media, and working in the company of their peers. Watch a video about the program and see student work from the past year.


Passport to Africa

Passport to Africa is an after-school program designed as an in-depth, multi-session exploration of one or more African or African Diaspora countries through the study of history, culture and artistic traditions. This program draws on the Museum’s exhibitions, art collection, teaching artists, and online resources. Personalized 6- to 12-week programs can be structured to meet the needs of most school-based, after-school programs.

School Programs

While the new Museum building is under construction, the Museum for African Art can bring an experience of Africa and the African Diaspora to your classroom. Students will learn about African arts and culture and gain basic skills in the visual and performing arts, consistent with the NYC Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and the New York Learning Standards in Social Studies and English Language Arts. Professional museum educators, trained in curriculum development and pedagogy for teaching African art and working with New York City students, develop the Museum’s in-school programs. Central to the success of the Museum's school-based programs are its talented roster of teaching artists, who are experienced arts educators as well as practicing artists. Contact the Museum's Education Department for further information and to receive a menu of program descriptions and fees. The Museum offers the following types of school programs:

  • Classroom workshops
  • School-based artist residencies
  • Assembly performances
  • Professional development for educators

Super Sábado

The Museum for African Art presents free family programming at El Museo del Barrio’s monthly Super Sábado open house. Through free concerts, exhibitions, gallery tours, art-making workshops, walking tours, and film screenings, Super Sábado showcases the vibrancy and diversity of Latino culture. As many Latino communities and traditions are rooted in African cultural heritage and practices, the Museum for African Art is pleased to collaborate and contribute programs as part of Super Sábado.

Summer Family Programs

During the summer, the Museum presents regular programming for families and children.

In collaboration with the Central Park Conservancy, the Museum presents Sandbox Dance Programs. Throughout the summer, children between the ages of 3 and 8 and their caregivers are invited to join professional musicians, dancers, and storytellers at playgrounds around Central Park for lively music and movement activities inspired by Africa and the African Diaspora.

Pachamama Dancers

In collaboration with the Bronx Zoo, the Museum presents family-friendly art-making workshops based on the African animals in the zoo.

Museum for African Art educational programming is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the May and Samuel Rudin Foundation, and Jack Rudin.