WE ARE CULTURE.
WE ARE CULTURE.
The mission of HMAAC is to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest and the African Diaspora for current and future generations. In fulfilling its mission, HMAAC seeks to invite and engage visitors of every race and background and to inspire children of all ages through discovery-driven learning. HMAAC is to be a museum for all people. While our focus is the African American experience, our story informs and includes not only people of color, but people of all colors. As a result, the stories and exhibitions that HMAAC will bring to Texas are about the indisputable fact that while our experience is a unique one, it has been impacted by and has impacted numerous races, genders and ethnicities.
HMAAC seeks to be a cultural portal through which people share and converge histories and contemporary experiences that acknowledge and expand the African American experience, and from such interactions come together to build a common future.
Come sense the possibilities, the historical, the contemporary, the random, and the radical! People ask me all the time, “How do you create a museum of the future?” So many folks are convinced that you need technology and organizational protocols to create a museum of the future. I will let you on a little secret. The success of HMAAC lies directly with the people who work here, our volunteers and vendors, and our constantly growing and multicultural audience. We are African immigrants and the descendants of enslaved Africans in the Americas. We are Latinos, Anglos, and Asians. This is our formula for success. Because we represent the future of a more diverse America, we are building a museum of the future, NOW!
At HMAAC we are free to accept that Langston Hughes, Smokey Robinson, and Kanye West all co-exist as the poets of the African American experience. We are unafraid to be contemporary as well as historical. HMAAC is not, and will never be, a trapped basement locked in the past, afraid to explore and confront all aspects of the African experience in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. HMAAC will not be a place to harbor fear, but rather a swaggering amalgam of our courage, adaptability, and resilience.
We not only sense the possibilities of who we are, but we are on a voyage to become those possibilities. I look forward to you joining us. Calls us, write, us, beat a drum. The museum is yours!
The Houston Museum of African American Culture could not carry out its work without community support! We are grateful to all our donors for their generosity.