The Afromuseum is the brainchild of Guy Mushagalusa Chigoho who, since 2014, has been running l’Espace Mushagalusa, an art gallery and cultural centre dedicated to the promotion of African art collections and culture. This venue for the arts lies in the heart of downtown Montreal just a short walk away from centres of culture and learning.
When founding the Afromuseum in 2017, a non-profit organization, and bringing in collaborators from diverse professional worlds and cultures, Guy Mushagalusa Chigoho had a goal. He wanted to push the experiment and dream even further by turning this one-man initiative into a collectively run enterprise that would serve and inspire the community. The Afromuseum can count on his valuable expertise to provide a vibrant and contemporary experience.
Africa and its heritage have been present in Canada and Quebec for a long time. What has been missing is something that bears witness not only to its presence but, also, to its history, its vibrant, living culture and the remarkable people it has produced. The wait is now over: the Afromuseum will bring it all together and share the wealth with everyone.
To this end, the Afromuseum will be a living museum that is accessible, mobile and with a lot going on. A welcoming space, it will feature cultural and intercultural activities with research and reference opportunities. It will provide an online platform that researches, informs and shares discoveries while giving a voice to young afro descendants, as well as to all witnesses of Africanity in all its forms.
The Afromuseum’s mission is:
Recognize and raise knowledge not only of Africa, Africans and afro descendants but, also, the multiple ways in which their robust heritage continues to feed and inform numerous cultural expressions throughout the world;
Reveal how relations with Africa have long been in place and continue, in countless ways, to increase and connect people from both here and the African continent;
Work with organizations that share our drive to spotlight Africa, Africans and the afro descendants in our communities as well as the contributions they have all made to our society and culture.
Through its mission and activities, the Afromuseum
seeks to contribute to the following social objectives:
Raise the visibility of the African community and the cultures that have sprung from it.
Promote experts; craftsmen; artists; collectors; records of memory; and others steeped in African and afro descendant cultures along with their collaborators whatever their origins.
Foster positive, egalitarian and informed exchanges between Africans and other communities.
Sensitize the population to the importance of the welcome accorded to foreigners and immigrants.
Fight the effects of prejudice, ignorance and discrimination that targets immigrant or minority groups.
Promote democratic values, cultural diversity and freedom of religious belief, all of which make up the foundations of democratic societies.