Our Heritage Revisited, Our Future Reimagined​

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Our Vision Born from the need to re-create platforms to support West Africa's rich heritage and act as a catalyst for a modern-day cultural renaissance, the Museum of West African Art, Edo (MOWAA) is embarking on an endeavor to create a world-class arts, culture, and heritage complex to celebrate, research, and conserve West African art from antiquity to the modern day. MOWAA will provide infrastructure and programs that facilitate skills development and economic opportunities for creatives and cultural heritage specialists in Nigeria to learn, collaborate, and celebrate West Africa's history while reimagining a vibrant future. MOWAA envisions a bustling arts and creative district consisting of research labs, galleries, artisan halls, studios, and education and performance spaces. Centered in the ancient kingdom of Benin, MOWAA will be an incubator and platform for West Africa's leading creatives and scholars. Campaign Overview MOWAA has acquired approximately 20 acres of land in the heart of the historic part of Benin City which it is transforming into what will become a thriving Creative District—an intimate campus designed through the collaboration of local and international architects, with platforms for display, interaction, and commerce. The Creative District is a $40 million campaign, of which $16 million has been raised to develop the first building within the Creative District — the Pavilion. To realize the remaining investments in the Creative District, MOWAA must secure a further $24 million, which will go towards the following projects: Rainforest Gallery and Traveling Contemporary Exhibition Pavilion Fit Out Art Guesthouse, Residences, and Studios Artisans Hall Programming and Landscaping