Since 1993, the African American Museum of Iowa has served as the statewide voice for black history and culture. Now, we have an opportunity to amplify this voice.
As the city of Cedar Rapids updates its current flood control system, we have an opportunity to make other, necessary changes to both the interior and the exterior of the Museum while growing our endowment. These changes represent a chance to solidify the AAMI’s place in the future of our state. We need your support. We invite you to be a voice inspiring progress and join us as we raise $5M for these necessary projects (and stretching ourselves to raise an additional $1M to support our endowment). Make a gift today to show your support for AAMI and its mission to share black history and culture.
Voices Inspiring Progress Donation Form
Gifts may also be made by mail:
African American Museum of Iowa
55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Please provide your name and contact information and indicate that you would like your gift to support the Voices Inspiring Progress campaign.
“True to its historical mission, the African American Museum of Iowa is in the process of transforming a potential operational obstacle into a $6 million fundraising campaign to fuel change and growth.”
Learn about the AAMI’s capital campaign, Voices Inspiring Progress, and upcoming renovations!
The AAMI’s renovation plans were mentioned on an episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Watch the clip here. Seth Meyers’ and comedian Amber Ruffin’s joke, although played for laughs, helped share the AAMI’s campaign with a wide audience with more than 337k views online alone. Explore additional coverage here.
CEDAR RAPIDS — A $5 million renovation project prompted by construction of the city’s flood control system will change the face of Iowa’s only African American museum as it launches a vision for a bigger statewide presence…. (Continue reading)
NORTH LIBERTY (CORRIDOR BUSINESS JOURNAL) — True to its historical mission, the African American Museum of Iowa is in the process of transforming a potential operational obstacle into a $6 million fundraising campaign to fuel change and growth.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -Flood protection is prompting changes at the African American Museum of Iowa. A campaign is working to raise $5 Million for some major renovations. The renovations will shut the museum down for several months starting September 24th.
CEDAR RAPIDS (GAZETTE) — A state board on Thursday awarded a combined $1.3 million toward efforts to revitalize Cedar Lake and renovate the African American Museum of Iowa, partially funding both projects.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Enhance Iowa board gave $800,000 to the grassroots ConnectCR initiative’s Cedar Lake project, and $500,000 for the museum project Thursday. The awards come with a 90-day contingency of closing fundraising gaps.
NORTH LIBERTY (CORRIDOR BUSINESS JOURNAL) — In the final round of grant funding from Destination Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded more than $4.5 million to Corridor-based projects including renovations at the African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI).
NORTH LIBERTY (CORRIDOR BUSINESS JOURNAL) — The transformational renovation and expansion project at the African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI) formally began Wednesday morning with a groundbreaking ceremony.
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS2 Iowa) — The African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI) officially begins its building renovation project with a Wednesday morning groundbreaking ceremony. Guests and members of the press are invited to celebrate this landmark milestone.