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Pledge your support to The Studio Museum in Harlem today.


I’m proud to stand with The Studio Museum in Harlem and announce my commitment to this important institution that advances artists of African descent.

Half a century ago, in a similar time of political turmoil and radical change, a small group of fiercely dedicated people committed to creating a museum that would advocate for artists of African descent. They were determined that it would be a new kind of museum, one that would serve as a vital link between artists and community in the cultural capital of Black America. This is how The Studio Museum in Harlem began in 1968—as a bold venture and a cherished hope.

Today, we can say with pride that the founders’ dreams have become reality. The Studio Museum is recognized as the world’s leading museum for artists of African descent. We are now poised for the next chapter in the Museum’s history with construction for our new building underway on 125th Street in the heart of Harlem. 

As we look to the future with profound hope, the Studio Museum’s new, custom-built, 80,000-square-foot home will advance the Museum’s service to artists, audiences, and our uniquely vibrant Harlem communities. We are close to having a breathtaking, artistic space that champions Black artists and diverse audiences and serves as a home for common causes, healing, and celebration. 

During the Museum’s construction, and amidst this incredibly challenging time for our communities, the Studio Museum continues to amplify the work of artists of African descent through public art exhibitions, the foundational Artist-in-Residence program, art education, public programming, and myriad other activities. All of this is preparing the way for the new Studio Museum, that will be a crown jewel in New York City’s cultural mosaic, giving a rapidly-evolving Harlem an authentic cultural center by and for the community. 

Please pledge your support to the mission and work of The Studio Museum in Harlem today. *

Studio Museum Fund

The Studio Museum Fund provides the critical, but most difficult-to-find funding: general operating support. Gifts to the Studio Museum Fund provide sustenance to exhibitions, the signature Artist-in-Residence program for emerging artists, and an extensive schedule of enlightening education and public programs serving our local community. Your tax-deductible donation to the Studio Museum Fund ensures that the Museum remains the leading venue for Black art and culture in the country.

If you have any questions about your donation, please contact the Development office 212.864.4500 x221 or email studiofund@studiomuseum.org.

Become a Member

Champion Black artists and diverse audiences by becoming a Studio Museum Member. During the construction of the Museum’s new home, Members have access to a singular array of unique benefits. In addition to receiving invitations to dynamic exhibitions at the Museum’s temporary programming space, Studio Museum 127, online, and other inHarlem locations, Members will be invited to private events and programs at partner institutions across the city.  Join at the Associate level and receive an in-home subscription to the celebrated Studio magazine, the biannual leading art magazine that focuses on global artists of African descent.

The Studio Museum in Harlem is thrilled to offer free membership for one year to IDNYC cardholders with special benefits.

Studio Society
Join Studio Society and  become part of a close group of Studio Museum supporters. This valued group helps ensure the Museum continues its work as a vital link between Black artists and diverse communities in Harlem and beyond. Studio Society members enjoy a deeper connection to the Studio Museum’s mission by building meaningful relationships with fellow Members, artists, curators, and other leaders in the contemporary art world. 

Interested in a leadership role? Join the Studio Society Steering Committee or Director’s Council.

For questions about membership, please call 212.864.4500 x221 or email membership@studiomuseum.org.

Our New Building


The first major phase of our building project is complete. As we prepare to begin construction on our brand-new facility, designed by Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Cooper Robertson, expect to see activity continue on the building site this fall. Inside and out, the new home of the Studio Museum will reflect the institution’s fundamental sense of belonging within its community. We will continue to keep our neighbors safe and minimize disruption during the building process. Construction is expected to continue through 2022.

The new Studio Museum will be the first home the institution has ever occupied that will be conceived and built for its program. The building will rise on the site of the century-old commercial building adapted for the Studio Museum in the early 1980s by the pioneering architect J. Max Bond Jr. The new building will provide the custom-built and expanded facilities, enriched visitor experience, and strong architectural presence appropriate to a premier center for contemporary artists of African descent, the principal visual art institution in Harlem and a magnet for visitors from around the world.

Questions about what’s going on? Email neighbors@studiomuseum.org

Want to be part of the team? To inquire about employment opportunities on the Studio Museum’s construction project, please contact communityemployment@mckissack.com or call 646.386.7277.



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