Museum for African Art Fall Benefit

Bowen & Company helped our longtime client, The Museum for African Art, to transform their new—but “not yet open to the public”—Harlem home from construction zone to elegant gala venue as they hosted the first annual Leaders in African Art and Philanthropy Awards.  The result was a one-of-a-kind experience guests won’t soon forget.

  • Developed an original floor plan to host 450 guests for cocktails and silent auction, followed by a seated dinner.  We used every inch of space within the Museum’s footprint to create red carpet arrivals, art galleries, cocktail bars, and a kitchen.
  • Oversaw construction of a 7,000-square foot dinner tent on the Museum’s outer plaza at Duke Ellington Circle on 110th Street and 5th Avenue, including installing carpeted flooring, restroom facilities, and working the existing trees into the evening’s décor design.
  • Created a custom menu with guest chef David Waltuck, formerly of Chanterelle, finishing with a Sticky Toffee with Coconut Cream Cheese Mousse and Coconut Cardamom Tapioca.
  • Managed and secured all necessary permits and permissions to close off city streets and host guests safely and comfortably within the building not yet open to the public.
  • Produced Awards Ceremony and live performance by Arturo O’Farrill—of Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra fame—and his Quartet.
Photography: Copyright Kent Miller Studios and Andre Maier Photography