With its move in 2011, the African Art Museum of Maryland became the only museum located in the town of Maple Lawn in Fulton, Maryland. Now, however, the museum will be moving again to a new space in Long Reach Village Center in Columbia.
The African Art Museum of Maryland signed a three-year lease for the space at Long Reach and is expected to move some time within the next two months. The new museum will be 1,400 square feet, 500 square feet larger than its current location.
In a press release, Howard County executive Calvin Ball described the benefits of the move. “We’re hoping this new location will encourage more visitors to the museum and aid in Long Reach Rising as the Village Center, again, becomes a premier hub for the arts, STEM, and entrepreneurism,” he said.
The African Art Museum of Maryland is one of only three institutions in the country that focuses exclusively on African art. It is dedicated to fostering a better understanding of the diverse cultures and artistic expressions of the people of the African continent. The museum is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year.