Our African Art Initiative
Zenzele Consignment is a cultural, social and economic hub of the African (Black) community in Huntsville, Alabama. Zenzele is a program of the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP), whose mission is to organize the skills of African people around the world to build programs that improve the quality of life for African people around the world. Zenzele translates to “Do for self” in the Xhosa language, which is spoken in southern Africa.
Zenzele hosts monthly visual arts workshops for children and adults, traditional West African dance and drumming classes, and live performances by African musicians and literary artists.
We believe that black artists should have the ability to make a living through their art. Zenzele offers economic support to African artists by making their art available to the community for sale, and to offer their skills and to connect with the community.
Zenzele supports African fashion designers, jewelry makers, authors, and visual artists from Africa and the US, many of whom are young people, who don’t have the opportunity to promote and sell their work on a large scale. Zenzele serves as a cultural and political hub, through culturally affirming workshops, and important conversations around social and political issues that are confronting our people.