OUR STORY — A NEW BEGINNING & WHY WE ARE MOVING!
Dear Friends and Family,
We have been blessed to have a wonderful home for 24 years inside the historic building owned by the NAACP Roy Wilkins Center headquarters at 270 West 96 Street. This is one of the few branches to own rather than lease or rent office space. The building was recently sold to a development company and all tenants are expected to move out in Spring 2019.
Our current headquarters is our second office. African Voices’ first space was located at 305 7 Ave. across the street from FIT and it was another wonderful experience where we made art, hosted literary readings, workshops and published the magazine. We will always have fond memories of both spaces but we know where ever we land, your vision, support and passion are what transforms a building into a home.
Our new building will allow us to continue being a space for trailblazing artists in literature, visual art and film. We will continue publishing stories that matter and reflect our excellence. African Voices will remain a space for artists to evolve and showcase art that celebrate our history and daily experiences.
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. We want you to know our move will not affect our operations, we have identified a temporary space for our office and will present programs throughout New York City thanks to our collaborative partners.
You may also donate via our GoFundMe campaign or mail to: Find AV A New Home c/o African Voices, 270 W. 96 Street, NY, NY 10025. 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
WE ARE RAISING FUNDS FOR THE COSTS BELOW:
• Moving Costs for Finding A New Home:If you have ever moved, you can imagine the costs of ensuring you have enough money for a year’s worth of rent (security deposit), movers, etc. Budget projection puts our rental costs at ten times what we currently pay.
• Storage & Archives: African Voices has 26 years worth of magazines, art, photos, films (VHS), equipment and historical artifacts we plan to store until our new permanent location is secured. Once we are in our permanent location 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. The new home we are seeking gives us an opportunity to achieve our goals of sustaining the organization’s growth!