Kenneth Moses Ogungbemi, 2007, Acrylic on Canvas
The Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center (CCMCC) will foster and facilitate an understanding of and appreciation for the African American experience and its resulting African-derived culture, thereby inspiring all humankind to embrace it.
The mission of the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center is to enrich the experiences of all who wish to grow in knowledge and appreciation of the history and culture of African-derived cultures, highlighting those in Gainesville and North Central Florida, and the African American music legacy.
Preserve African American History
Collect, authenticate, and catalog artifacts, documents, stories, recordings, and other items that tell the story of African American history, especially local history, and make them available to the public for viewing and study.
Promote the Visual & Performing Arts
Foster and nurture creativity through the arts and educational programming that cultivates an appreciation for African American history and culture.
Function as an Instrument of Education
Offer programs, workshops, lectures, and other educational services that increase the community’s awareness of the African American experience.
Serve as a living cultural institution
Expose the community to excellent artistic works and performances by African Americans and others that showcase the African American experience.