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Afrikanation Artists Organization (AAOU) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Oklahoma City, OK. AAOU was founded in January 2011 on a mission to connect diverse populations in Africa and the US through arts education, building a professional artist network and community advocacy and outreach.

Arts Education

Art Supply Donation Drive - Due to high price and proximity, art supplies are virtually unavailable in Hargeisa, Somaliland/Somalia. Since 2011 we have successfully collected and delivered over 800 pounds of art supplies from 10 cities in the U.S. and South Africa. Art supplies collected support youth art classes, are shared with professional artists in this region as well as Voices for Street Children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Professional Artist Network

Afrikanation International Art Exchange - Is an artistic collaboration around a selected theme amongst artists of various cultural backgrounds and nationalities. We have organized collaborations between artists in the US and Somaliland/Somalia which involves a combination of artistic creation, interviews and a community art exhibition.

Curating Art Shows AAOU highlights the beauty and diversity of African art through shows curated in the United States. Our show titled "Wanderlust: Nomadic Interpretations of Contemporary Africa," hosted by The Project Box and curated by AAOU, was a group art show highlighting the diversity of Africa through the eyes of Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Somaliland/Somalia and the United States of America.

Community Advocacy and Outreach

Community Advocacy Campaigns and Events - Art is a powerful tool to create dialog around current issues. As a team, we give back through community awareness campaigns addressing current health, educational and social challenges.

We have also created opportunities to share and connect with the local and international community through events including our "Celebration of Art and Culture" held in Oakland, California USA in 2010.