Find African Voices A New Home!

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Photo: Jackie Ackeifi.


Dear Friends and Family,

First, we want to thank every single donor for making a contribution over the last year to our Find AV A New Home campaign! Every dollar donated made our move possible. Faith and perseverance are the keys to a successful life journey. Thank you for your role in ours!

African Voices has moved into our third office after 25 years of being housed on the Upper West Side at 270 W. 96th Street. Thanks to a long time friend of AV Council member Laurie Cumbo we have moved to Clinton Hill in Brooklyn! This was a tremendous contribution to helping a non-profit move during a time when rents are at an all time high in NYC. Many commercial and nonprofit organizations have closed their doors or had to find other alternatives to thrive.

CM Cumbo’s assistance in our move led to many exciting contributions and positive alignments. We moved into a space with a dusty concrete floor and made the decision to use a credit card to pay for a new floor. We are eternally grateful to the Eulalie Baynes Family for making a generous donation to cover the very floor every person who steps through our threshold will walk on. Two days after this significant donation, Brooklyn resident Amelia Falco, a Design Director at Gensler, was able to get her firm to donate services to create an interior design plan for our Pop Up Gallery/Office space!

Our new office is a storefront in the heart of a bustling family-centered arts community only a block away from Pratt Institute at 325 Lafayette Ave., C.F. Suite, Brooklyn, NY 11238. We are in the same neighborhood where poet Walt Whitman, editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, wrote his epic legacy Leaves of Grass!

We’re excited about carrying on Brooklyn’s rich literary tradition.

Our new home will allow us to continue being a space for trailblazing artists in literature, visual art and film. We will keep on publishing stories that matter and reflect our excellence.  African Voices will remain a space for artists to evolve and showcase art that reflects our history and daily experiences.

AV’s New Home!


Gensler, a world renowned interior design firm, donated an interior design plan to create a Pop Up Gallery/Office for arts lovers to enjoy.

Why are we still fundraising?

African Voices has tons of moving expenses and not a stitch of furniture in our new home. We are working towards hiring key staff members to ensure our arts institution will serve future generations. Our new campaign name is changing from Find AV A New Home to Powered by People in honor of every donor who has invested in our vision.

Give what you can. Art is under attack by the current administration and we need to build and sustain strong independent arts institutions.

The move is a new beginning to explore opportunities and create new stories.

You may also donate via our GoFundMe campaign or mail to: Find AV A New Home c/o African Voices, 325 Lafayette Avenue, C.F. Suite, Brooklyn, NY 11238. African Voices Communications, Inc. is a 501(c)3, non-profit arts organization founded in 1992, and your contribution is tax-deductible. Please make us a part of your holiday giving season.

Thank you for your generosity and mindfulness in supporting artists of color!

Carolyn A. Butts

Filmmaker Kuye Youngblood is one of the many friends who greeted us in our new home!



• New Space Costs & Furniture: If you have ever moved, you can imagine the costs of ensuring you have enough money for a year’s worth of rent, insurance, security system, furniture, etc.

• Front Door Signage: Costs for fabricating and installing our logo above our front door is roughly $6,000. Suncadm Bey, a Bedford Stuyvesant resident and long time friend of AV, has been commissioned to design and install our logo.

Suncadm Bey is a New York born artist and designer who has worked as a Set Decorator, Prop Master and Art Director  in the Television and Film industry. He has worked on projects for HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, and BBC America to name a few.   As a self taught and commissioned artist, his work has been displayed in exhibitions at  Lincoln Center, The Waldolf Astoria Hotel and a variety of galleries. Recipients of his commissioned works range from several Noble Peace Prize winners, actors and celebrities  and corporate leaders.

• Storage & Archives:  African Voices has 27 years worth of magazines, art, photos, films (VHS), equipment and historical artifacts we plan to store until our new permanent location is secured. Now that we have moved, we will begin digitalizing our magazine collection from the early years.

• Program Support: African Voices is growing and we are planning to hire an administrative assistant, development/membership director and other key staff. Our new home gives us an opportunity to achieve our goals of sustaining the organization’s growth!

Author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe in conversation with AV’s Art Director Derick Cross at a book signing for “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean Michel Basquiat.”


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