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GoFundMe Fundraising Campaign June 9, 2020 We are asking for everyone’s help to raise the funds necessary to enable the Cultural Museum of African Art, Inc. - The Eric Edwards Collection, a collection of more than 3,000 African artifacts which took over 49 years to amass, with rare extinct pieces of over 4,000 years old to be moved from their present home in Brooklyn, Ny www.cmaaeec.org to the future home of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, Brooklyn http://MACAH.org with state -of-the-art display and educational facilities in 3D, 360 degree virtual, remote and onsite presentation and full access to the public. This will enable everyone, all people, in particular young African American children and adults to experience their rich history, and ancestral gifts to America, and the world, as evidenced by the artifatual treasures of the museum collection, coupled with its educational programs. African American people and our relatives of the Diaspora must know who they really are; and their contributions which enabled the USA to become the great power that it is. This museum will bring all people, of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations together as one humankind, because the human race started in Africa - and through an understanding of all peoples gifts to man and womankind, as taught through the museum's art collection and programming will bring about by knowledge sharing the ideal of mutual respect and soul-sharing which we all need.
What the new temporary (3-yr) home will provide at MACAH
* Creating a public home for one of the largest collections of African Art in the world in African American hands, public or private
* Your contribution will enable the Cultural Museum of African Art, Inc. The Eric Edwards Collection to move the collection to a public space in Brooklyn, NY to be presented as Museum of African Culture, Art, and History (MACAH), for total community and public access, for educational, cultural display and learning. Our hope is to build a new building in 3 yrs.
* Helping to heal the wounds of 400+ years of slavery through the lens of Cultural Nourishment * More than 3,000+ pieces of African Art dating back 4,000+ years, representing all 54 countries of Africa, including numerous unique “one-of-a-kind” artifacts each telling their own stories of creation, utilization, and relevance to all of us * Utilizing 3D, 360 Degree, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
* Technologically paired with an Educational Curriculum created based upon years of research, and our expansive museum library of rare books
* To be available online to enable Global Access GOAL/TARGET: · $2.0 Million · · Funds raised to date: $250,000 · We are a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization; Your contributions are tax deductible
· To have Opportunities in the Future to Sponsor Exhibits & Specific Pieces of Art that move your Soul
SUPPORTERS OF OUR INITIATIVE: · Hakeem Jeffries - U.S. Congressional Representative · Carl Heastie – Speaker NY State Assembly · Eric Adams - Brooklyn Borough President · Corey Johnson – Speaker NYC Council · Tremaine Wright – Chair: Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus - NY State Assembly Member · Yvette Clarke - U.S. Congressional Representative · Jummane Williams - NYC Public Advocate · Andrea Stewart-Cousins – NY State Senate, Majority Leader & Temporary President of the Senate · Velmanette Montgomery – NY State Senator · Kevin Parker – NY State Senator · Charles Barron – NY State Assembly Member · Joseph Lentol – NY State Assembly Member – Leader Brooklyn Delegation · Robert Cornegy, NYC Council Member · Jimmy Van Bramer - NYC Council Member · Stephen Levin - NYC Council Member · Walter Edwards - NYC Developer · Kofi Boateng - Executive Director, West Harlem Development Corp. · Pierre Brooks - Aviary Naturals Corp. · Dr. Leonard Jeffries - Educator/Activist · Dr. Rosalind Jeffries - Educator/Activist · Danny Simmons - Rush Philanthropic, Poet, Writer, Def Poetry Jam · Ralph Carter - Actor/Writer/Educator - Maureen & Stewart Lande , Maureen Data Systems, MDS
For the last 49 years Eric Edwards has amassed one of the most important private collections of African art in the world. Over 3,000 artifacts reside with Mr. Edwards in a museum he established in 2014 as a repository of African culture and history. MACAH is a knowledge source not only for those who want to understand their origins in Africa, but also others in the United States and around the world who seek understanding between cultures.
The importance of art in the history of man cannot be overemphasized, and the history of African art has become even more crucial today. We can confront the turmoil we are experiencing with more education and understanding by people of all races. Major contributions by African Americans to the development of the United States for over 400 years have not received their due recognition. Mr. Edwards collection represents all 54 countries of Africa and spans over 4000 years of history, and they form the basis of his education programs in classic art and history for New York City children, high school and college students and even seniors. These programs enjoy some support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
This funding request is meant to help make the museum completely accessible to the public at a time when the public and nation most requires it. We hope to move into a new spatial location, a building in the heart of Brooklyn that can accommodate most of the artifacts by year end 2020. Our goal is to raise $2 Million, of which we have raised $250,000. Each artifact has its own story to tell, giving insight into the skillsets of the people who created them. Together, they show that people who were brought to the United States as slaves not only had a history, but also possessed many qualities and skills that helped to make America great.
We are asking for your help to give this important collection a new home--a museum where it can be seen, studied and appreciated by the public. Mr. Edwards believes that in addition to their beauty, these artifacts at the Museum of African Culture, Art, and History (MACAH) have therapeutic value and they possess the power to bring all races and ethnicities “all people” together because of the stories they individually tell. It is our hope that this museum will help introduce future generations of Americans to the rich cultural heritage of Africa, and their contribution. Please help us to make this museum a reality and give future generations a place where they can learn about, and share their history.