As a demonstration of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our support of the arts, Bank of America is partnering with the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to help tell America’s story in all its dimensions. The museum, located at 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC, opened its doors to the public in September 2016.
Bank of America at the forefront of museum’s development
As a Founding Donor for the museum, we have been at the forefront of this groundbreaking enterprise, the only national museum dedicated to the African American experience.
“The story of the National Museum is the story of America and we're pleased to be a leader in helping tell that story," said Brian Moynihan, CEO and a founding member of the NMAAHC Museum Council.
The nearly 400,000 square-foot museum documents and showcases African American history, life and culture with more than 36,000 artifacts and interactive exhibits. The museum features interactive exhibits that bring to life the optimism, struggle, spirituality and resiliency in a culture that has played such an integral role in the shaping of America.
Providing help to share significant works of art
Bank of America has a long history of supporting communities through our support of the arts. As part of this focus, we have helped to make several exhibits at NMAAHC available through our Art Conservation Project and Art in Our Communities® program which both help museums and other non-profit institutions to share significant works of art.
The Art Conservation Project provides grants to nonprofit institutions to conserve works that are significant to the cultural heritage of a country or region, or important to the history of art. The NMAAHC received a grant in 2014 to conserve nine works of art ― eight of these pieces are now featured in the museum’s Visual Arts Gallery.
Additionally, Bank of America has donated the Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe Daufuskie Island collection of photographs to the museum. The collection depicts images of residents of Daufuskie Island, located off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, near Hilton Head, South Carolina. On this island, which to this day has no bridge to the mainland, most residents are descendants of freed slaves who can trace their lineage back to West Africa.
To learn more about the National Museum of African American History and Culture, including exhibits, collections, hours and more, please visit nmaahc.si.edu.