Museum of African American Art

Museum of African American Art

The Museum of African American Art (MAAA) is a nonprofit cultural institution supporting the arts and artists in Los Angeles and educating visitors of all ages.

Exhibits and programs at MAAA allow artists and their art to inspire new thinking about issues that intersect with the shared experiences of people across the African diaspora and beyond.

The museum's unique art space allows us to exhibit the work of emerging and world-renowned artists, while bringing free art experiences to the public. MAAA proudly serves as an exhibit venue for local artists, a community event space, and a field trip destination for students from public schools.

The Palmer C. Hayden Collection is a central part of the permanent collection at MAAA, giving the public insight into the life and work of one of the leading artists of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Palmer C. Hayden Collection includes the John Henry Series, a narrative art series of 12 oil paintings by Palmer Hayden illustrating the legendary story told in the Ballad of John Henry.

The permanent collection at MAAA includes works from the United States as well as paintings, masks, batiks, carvings, and ceremonial objects from Africa, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and South America.