The cultural hub of people of African descent on the UMass campus and the larger Pioneer Valley community since 1969, is known as New Africa House.We have been steadily working to reestablish the building as a choice destination for knowledge, creative expression, and intercultural exchange and solidarity. Here’s what we have:
- The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies
- Augusta Savage Gallery
- Brown Paper Studio
- Media Africana Project
Details are forthcoming at the links above and additional information will be made available on this blog, especially the calendar of New Afrika House events coming up. The 4th floor, at present, continues to be used as “swing space” for University needs. The UMass Press has moved from it East Experiment Station location at 671 North Pleasant Street to our 4th floor. They will be with us until 2020, while their building is renovated.
This fall the work to our Underground Performance & Media Center was completed. Here are some photos showing the progress of the renovation work to NAH 03 to date:
The New Africa House Theater is beginning to return New Africa House to being a hub for academic and cultural activity related to African people locally and worldwide. Here are some of the dynamic events that have been held in NAT (New African Theater) this fall of 2018: