Black-Owned NYC Art Spaces: Galleries, Theaters, Music Venues & More

We know you're all itching to get more of that top-notch art and culture back in your life after quarantine so we put together a list of some awesome Black-owned art spaces across the city to satisfy that itch while supporting these spaces. Though many places are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, there is still much to enjoy or keep on your radar.  Check out the list and start planning your first day out on the town!


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The Studio Museum in Harlem

429 West 127th St, Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem highlights the work of artists of African descent and works that have been inspired by Black culture. With a permanent collection representing over 600 artists and exciting upcoming exhibitions such as "Black Refractions," the museum is sure to be an incredible experience. The museum is a nonprofit lead by a board of directors that consists solely of Black art-enthusiasts and leaders.  Follow them on Instagram for updates!


Richard Beavers Gallery

408 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn

Richard Beavers Gallery is a contemporary art gallery dedicated to promoting conversation surrounding issues in the Black community. Take a look at their Facebook for more! If you're looking for food to eat and discuss your museum experience, try Peaches HotHouse down the street.


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Essie Green Galleries 

4213, 419 Convent Ave A, New York

Why is it that Alphabet City always seems to have another surprise around the corner? Well, add Essie Green to that list. Featuring the works of prominent artists such as Romare Bearden, Charles Ethan Porter, and Allen Stringfellow, this gallery strives to highlight the importance of the culture and history of the Black community. Follow their Facebook for more info!


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Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) 

80 Hanson Pl, Brooklyn

Nestled below Fort Greene Park, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts hosts a variety of exciting exhibitions and programs. They aim to shine a light on political and social problems in the African Diaspora. Check them out and help them stay strong! 


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The Bedford Stuyvesant Museum of African Art (BSMAA)

1157 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

If you're coming from the MoCADA and looking for more, walk 20 minutes or hop on the B26 to The Bedford Stuyvesant Museum of African Art. Featuring artwork from over 40 African countries this establishment works hard to illuminate the cultural and philosophical ways of African societies. The BSMAA art collection continues to grow with new contemporary and modern art! Keep up with them on Instagram


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The Bishop Gallery 

916 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

A contemporary art gallery seeking to promote art of all cultures and genres, the Bishop Gallery displays thoughtful exhibitions and pop-ups/specials. Before COVID-19 forced them to temporarily close, they recently featured the work of Brooklyn artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Find the latest happenings on their Instagram!


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Black Spectrum Theatre Co. Inc

177-01 Baisley Blvd, Jamaica

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, Black Spectrum Theatre Company produces and puts on an abundance of plays, films, and other performance arts. Though COVID-19 has temporarily postponed regularly scheduled events, Black Spectrum Theatre Company continues to offer virtual programs and events!  Stay updated by following their Twitter!


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National Black Theatre: Institute for Action Arts 

2031 5th Ave, New York

Founded in 1968, National Black Theatre presents stories of Black culture and educates audiences on issues of social justice. Currently on its 51st season, National Black Theatre continues to offer virtual experiences where they discuss creative resilience and other aspects of the creative process. Help them continue to create change by donating if you can!  


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Stuart Cinema & Cafe

79 West St, Brooklyn

Owned and operated by Emelyn Stuart, Stuart Cinema & Cafe works to bring the community together while tackling major issues in the independent film industry. Featured films include those of independent filmmakers in the community. Get connected by following them on Instagram! Plus, turn the corner to find yourself at the amazing Vietnamese restaurant Di an Di for take-out. 


Williamsburg Music Center

367 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

Opened by icon Gerry Eastman, Williamsburg Music Center is a legendary jazz venue. The center is dedicated to promoting the African musical diaspora and maintaining a safe space for people of all cultures to come together and enjoy music. Eastman himself plays live every Friday (when the venue is open, of course). Support them here! 


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The Shrine

2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York

The Shrine is a live music staple right near St. Nicholas Park. Committed to supporting and encouraging independent artists and live bands from all backgrounds, Shrine is devoted to promoting all types of mediums, including dance, theatre, and live music. On any given night you'll find local talent or seasoned veterans grooving to all forms of funk and jazz. See the latest on their Instagram! 


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Brooklyn Clay Industries

Brooklyn Navy Yard, 62 5th St Suite 306, Brooklyn

Always wanted to learn how to create pottery and ceramics? Located in the heart of an old Navy shipbuilding facility, Brooklyn Clay Industries supports artists of all experience levels and endeavors to help people of all backgrounds to reach their full potential in the studio. Explore their classes and events now!


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Long Gallery Harlem

2073 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York

Long Gallery Harlem, welcomes under-represented artists and illuminates the vibrant and diverse culture and history of Harlem itself. Check them out on Instagram to find virtual events and images from their exhibitions. Have a look at what they've been up to! 


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Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

120 E125th St. Harlem

The CCCADI is an arts, culture, education and media organization that strives to advance cultural equity, racial and social justice for African descendant communities. While temporarily closed due to COVID-19, they are offering tons of virtual programming. Including a virtual dining experience and more. They are lead by an -all-Black board of directors including Board Chair Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele. Check out their virtual events here.


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Red Rooster & Ginny's Supper Club

310 Malcolm X Blvd, Harlem

Owned by world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster offers some of the best American cuisine in the city. Head downstairs to catch a show at the speakeasy-style Ginny's Supper Club. The venue hosts tons of live jazz and a Gospel Brunch every Sunday. Learn more here.


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Minton's Playhouse

206 W 118th St. Harlem

Minton's Playhouse has a history of birthing the foundations of modern jazz since the late 1930s. While going through periods of closing and reopening, they should be sticking around even after the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only do they provide jazz but they also operate The Cecil Steakhouse. Learn more about their food, music and history here.


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Paris Blues

2021 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. Harlem

Opened in 1968 by Samuel Hargress, Jr. who still manages it today, Paris Blues is beloved by locals for its 7 nights of live jazz with no cover and warm table of free food. Expect live bands, jam sessions and a stop in from Sam himself. Find out more here.


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Sugarhill Supper Club

217 Nostrand Ave, Bed-Stuy

Sugarhill Supper Club is a beaming light in Bed-Stuy. Serving up great food alongside jazz plus, it has recently been hosting late-night DJ sets (pre-pandemic of course). They have a spacious outdoor area too for those who want to step away from the music and enjoy the summer night air.


New Federal Theatre

543 W. 42nd St., Midtown

The New Federal Theatere, owned by Woodie King Jr. is a staple in the New York arts community. This year, it will be celebrating its 50th season of providing arts and culture to audiences in Manhattan. NFT has provided emerging playwrights with the opportunity to have their works produced; it has brought actors, directors, and designers of color to national attention and sponsored a variety of ethnic theatre groups and events.


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ImageNation's Raw Space 

2031 7th Avenue, Midtown West 

Gregory Gates and his wife have been running ImageNation's Raw Space for years, empowering the black community by establishing a chain of art-house cinemas with the goal of dedicating it to media created by and about people of color. 

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