Welcome to MAMA

The Midwestern African Museum of Art (MAMA) Culture and Resource Center believes in culture, community, and education.

On Octorber 16, 2016, MAMA opened its doors to the public, offering exhibitions of African art and community-based activities. As an institution dedicated exclusively to the documentation of African history, art and culture, we accept our responsibility to create opportunities for the Lincoln community.

Visit us and experience the richness and vibrancy of African culture through the intriguing art and exciting stories that fill our exhibition gallery.

MAMA Grand Opening

Former Malawi President Dr. Joyce Banda Opens the Midwestern African Museum of Art (MAMA) Culture and Resource Center-Lincoln , Oct. 16, 2016

The MAMA Museum was opened by the first African President to visit Nebraska- the former President of Malawi, Dr. Joyce Banda. The Chair of the Lincoln City Council, Leirion Gaylor Baird, welcomed the 200 participants attending. Seth Mock, the founder of the museum, says “the establishment of this museum is to provide Nebraska with a historical and positive perspective of Africa, with the art creativity, resources and programs for the state”.

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Dr. Natalie Hahn, Malaika Foundation President and Former Malawi President, Dr. Joyce Banda

The Malaika Gallery features a large collection of African art donated by Dr. Natalie Hahn, Malaika Foundation founder. Artist Dorothy Hayes from Maine donated a large collection of paintings completed in Nigeria and Malawi. In addition, a number of sculptures and paintings by Nebraskans with an African heritage will be displayed.

For information on MAMA educational programs, contact MAMA offices, info@mamainc.org phone 402-438-0529

Photographs by Lincoln Photographer Susan Ranta