Once known as the Queens-based Museum for African Art, The Africa Center is considered the world’s leading community-based African institution that encourages cooperation between African artists and business leaders and their U.S. counterparts.

Through its programming in culture, policy and business, The Africa Center seeks to transform the international understanding of Africa’s rich cultural diversity and fast-growing 1 billion person marketplace. Leading thinkers will address critical issues to Africa’s development in the Center’s Policy Institute. It is here that debate, learning, and international law will have an opportunity to develop and take shape into important action that can affect the continent today.

According to entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim, Africa is the new frontier for business. By 2035, Africa’s labor force will be larger than China, and 15 of the 20 fastest growing cities in the world between 2015 and 2020 will be African. The Africa Center allows New York and the U.S. to reconnect with all issues affecting Africa.

Through its continuing updates, the Africa Center will feature a state of the art digital Media Box and Multipurpose Auditorium that will host theater, dance, music, and film performances; as well as press conferences, lectures and symposia. The first and second floors will have nearly 10,000 square feet of gallery space for significant exhibitions of traditional and contemporary African art.

Current and recent exhibits include Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria, A Congo Chronicle: Patrice Lumumba in Urban Art, The Art of African Puppetry, Bamana: The Art of Existence in Mali, Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry, and African Origins of an American Art.

Education Zones feature interactive storytelling, hands-on art programs and classes, and dance and music programs for students of all ages. Visitors can enjoy cuisine and refreshments inspired by African chefs at the Africa Center Café, or visit the Roof Terrace for receptions and performances with stunning views of the New York skyline. The Gift Shop will feature Africa-related educational books, exhibition catalogues and exclusive museum-related publications and digital media.