A key component to building cultural equity is making sure Black creatives and other creatives who have been historically disenfranchised have access to culturally relevant opportunities for professional development and artistic exploration. Alena Museum’s artist residency program offers artists of various disciplines space, time, and resources to do just that. For 1-3 months at a time, we invite artists who center the cultures and experiences of the African Diaspora, to tap in with us. We support artists in finding new and vibrant ways to engage the public and we offer mentorship along the way.
Health & Wellness
Health and Wellness is a pillar within our mission at Alena Museum. We partner with local groups and organization to offer our community knowledge, skills and resources ensuring communal longevity.
Alena Public Art Activism Program
Alena Culture Collective(ACC) Public Art and Activism using public space to speak out on social issues concerning the African Diaspora , showcase and celebrate black culture in the community. Our public art program aims to ignite the imagination, encourage thought and to prompt discourse. Public art benefits the community through placemaking, bringing people together, and can be used as a tool in economic development.
Community Space Access Program
The advancement of gentrification is steadily decreasing spaces for artists in our community to create, congregate, and build with one another. In the spirit of kinship and our mission to create meaningful alternatives, the Community Space Access Program allows groups and individuals to access our space as well as creative and infrastructural resources for free or low cost. We open our doors and lend our talents to help people, projects, and organizations thrive. Apply here.
Open Studios is a program that allows interdisciplinary artists and artist collectives to utilize the Alena Museum spaces once a month to create art, hold meetings and curate community events. We invite synergy, collaboration, and most of all, connection. Join us every third Saturday for a full day of communal working and creative sanctuary.
Alena Dream Maker’s Club
At Alena, we believe in the power of artists of the African Diaspora to shape the future. Dream Maker’s Club is a 3 month entrepreneurial development program designed to cultivate a community of change-makers and creative problem solvers. The program is an incubator for artists whose work is grounded in arts activism and empowers artists in achieving their goals using focused and facilitated coworking, peer-to-peer mentorship, and individualized support. Together, we brainstorm new possibilities and build collective accountability to take our artistry to new heights and make the dreams of our communities possible. Dream Maker’s Club will kick off in Fall 2018. The deadline to apply is July 20, 2018. Apply here.
Alena Museum host a monthly arts workshop providing an enriching creative experience for youth (ages 5 - 23), parents & caregivers.