ABOUT ANOKO

ANOKO is a private club connecting its members with deals, discounts and VIP access to unique art, entertainment and culinary experiences. We do this by partnering with a diverse array of individuals and organizations, including art institutions, artists, hotels, restaurants, performance venues and festivals/fairs.

We do not have a brick and mortar location – ANOKO exists as a “third space”. When you leave your home, a place which sociologists have termed the “first space” and you depart from the workplace, also known as the “second space,” you enter the “third space” – a place of fluidity, creativity, community, enrichment, interaction and growth. A place which can be inhabited by multiple participants, physically or remotely, simultaneously or asynchronously. The third space is where self discovery occurs; it is where lasting connections are made; it is where the oppressed plot their liberation; and it is where people let their “real” selves show.

It is through education about and access to art, that ANOKO is curating an ecosystem to help its members build both cultural and financial wealth. It is no coincidence that “wealth” also happens to be the meaning of “ANOKO” in the Nigerian language, Igala.

Curating | Cultural | Connections




Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

Pablo Picasso


OUR CORE VALUES

We Love
Diversity
Meeting New People
Challenging the Status Quo
Exploring Art & Culture
Relaxing
Sharing Resources
Artistic Expression

We Hate
Conformity
Intolerance
Complacency
Pussy Grabbing
Stuffiness
Selfishness
Ignorance

The Benefits

Your membership with ANOKO gets you access to a thoughtfully curated art ecosystem and a community of like-minded spirits. Membership is currently only available in New York City.

Exclusive

Enjoy exclusive membership discounts and/or VIP access to art events, classes, performances, festivals, restaurants, hotels, etc.

Community

Meet diverse professionals who share common passions and interests

Events

Attend curated events specially tailored to your interests.

Art Advisory

Start building or grow your fine art collection with tips from our expert advisors.

PARTNERS


ACE HOTEL

Members receive a 10% discount off accommodations at Ace Hotel, a hip youthful hotel in midtown with a retro, artistic decor. The Lobby Bar features a rotating cast of craft beers & spirits, and a selections of snacks from the Breslin kitchen. During the day, the lobby takes on a co-working space vibe, and in the evening there is a lively bar where DJs spin vinyl or live bands play on select evenings.#nightlife #hotel

BKLYN CLAY

Members receive 20% discount on “Tryday nights”. “Trydays” for adults happen on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month and are meant to give beginners a feel for the wheel. BKLYN CLAY is a modern ceramics studio for potters, artists, production clayworkers and hobbyists, with the first community Gas Kiln in Brooklyn. #artclass #brooklyn

THE BARROW GROUP

Members receive a discount off classes at The Barrow Group Acting School, a performing arts training center and theater company, which counts among its alumni, Anne Hathaway, Denis O’Hare, Tony Hale and Vera Farmiga. Classes at TBG include voice/speech, acting, film/tv, directing, filmmaking, improv, playwriting/screenwriting. #class #acting #education

LA CIGONE RESTAURANT

Members receive 20% off dining at La Cigone restaurant in Carroll Gardens. La Cigone is a cozy French restaurant serving authentic Alsatian dishes like spaetzle & tarte flambée along with the region's wine & beer. Visit www.lacigognenyc.com. #food #culinary #wine #brooklyn #french

LOLO’S SEAFOOD

Members receive a discount off meals at LoLo's Seafood Shack. LoLo's Seafood Shack serves up a variety of seafood from the coastal comfort foods of the Cape like sauced shrimp to Caribbean street eats such as conch fritters. LoLo's is known for its famous Johnny Cake sandwiches and flavorful and fresh seafood steam-pots. #food #caribbean #seafood #harlem

LEAGUE OF KITCHENS COOKING CLASSES

Members receive $20 off an "Immersion" workshop with The League of Kitchens, an immersive culinary adventure in NYC where immigrants teach intimate cooking workshops in their homes. Visit www.leagueofkitchens.com #food #class #culinary #education

HOW DOES ANOKO MEMBERSHIP WORK?

Our full membership program will open after our trial membership program is complete, after December 31, 2017. Currently, an ANOKO membership is available at no cost through our trial membership program.

COMPLETE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Our selection process is simple! We look for people who share our core values and seek growth through education and community.

PAY MEMBERSHIP FEE

There is an annual membership fee of $360 or $30 per month.

DOWNLOAD MEMBERSHIP CARD

You will receive a private link to download an ANOKO digital membership pass, which gets stored in your Apple or Android wallet.

GET ACCESS TO BENEFITS

Your digital membership card is constantly updated as we add partners, upcoming events and new deals. Flip your card over and “refresh” the screen for updates. Present your unique membership card at participating partners for VIP access and deals.

Ask about Corporate Membership

TRIAL MEMBERSHIP

Try out our free three-month trial membership (commencing February 28, 2017 – December 31, 2017), and let us know what you think! No credit card or payment is required to participate in our trial membership. All you need to do is fill out the form below.

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ANOKO'S ARTSY BRUNCH

ANOKO’s artsy brunch combines food and art in a “hometainment” setting. On May 7 2016, ANOKO hosted an intimate brunch in a loft space in Red Hook, Brooklyn for 50 guests, followed by a tour of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Brunch featured acoustic guitar and a Nigerian-American fusion menu.

ANOKO'S LAUNCH PARTY

ANOKO’s art salon is an immersive and multifaceted art experience combining visual, performance and culinary arts. On November 19, 2016, ANOKO hosted a private launch party & its inaugural art salon in Dumbo, Brooklyn, for more than 200 guests. The art salon featured food, dance, music performances, a group art exhibition and whiskey tastings.

ANOKO'S LISTENING ROOM: MONK'S DREAM

On March 2, 2017, ANOKO hosted its inaugural listening room at the Norwood Club in Chelsea, Manhattan in March of 2017 for more than 200 guests, with musical performances and bespoke cocktails inspired by Thelonious Monk. ANOKO’s listening room is an experimental space where music is discovered, indulged in and explored. Come join us at the next!

VOLTANY ART FAIR PREVIEW

On March 1 – 5, 2017 ANOKO curated the VIP lounge for the VOLTANY Art Fair. VOLTANY is an international art fair that focuses on showcasing emerging international artists in a solo-booth format. The VOLTA VIP lounge experience included free art consultations for new collectors, interactive artwork by Brooklyn-based painter Tim Okamura and live music performances.

NO COMMISSION: SWIZZ BEATZ ART FAIR

On August 11 - 14, 2016, Swizz Beatz hosted a first of its kind art fair in the Bronx, NY. "No Commission" is a unique concept in that Swizz takes no percentage of the profits from the artwork sales. The artists keep 100% of what they make. Really game-changing.

ARMORY SHOW: AFRICA FOCUS

On March 3 – 6, 2016, the New York Armory Show focused on art from African perspectives, with a selection of artwork curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, founders of the digital platform Contemporary And.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ALEXIS PESKINE

Journey with visual artist Alexis Peskine as he travels to his mentor Eric's studio in New Jersey to unveil some of his art, and he recounts how his artist journey began with a helping hand and a free studio to create work. Fellow artist Duhirwe Rushemeza also chats with Alexis about his intricate nail paintings (a technique he pioneered), creating videos using drones in Senegal and other inspirations.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: KARMEN BROOKS

ANOKO spotlights one of its members, a vibrant young Atlanta native, living in D.C., who loves to travel and explore art and culture globally.

MEET THE “A” TEAM

Shimite Obialo

Founder & CEO

A graduate of Duke University and Columbia Law School, Shimite is a Nigerian-American lawyer, business advisor, musician and art collector. She is passionate about community empowerment, cultural heritage and arts advocacy and currently serves on the Ambassador's Circle for the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (MoCADA).

Alvin Van der Kuech

Chief Technology Officer

A full stack developer, Alvin uses Java script and C++ to whip up mobile and web applications and has a knack for tackling tech challenges. Raised in both Lagos, Nigeria, and Ann-Arbor Michigan, Alvin has had many careers including as lead drummer for the band Ultra Fine, Sound Engineer at SAE Institute, Data Analyst at Bear Stearns, JP Morgan and Strategic Insight, but has found his ultimate groove as a creative technologist.

We are looking for talented folks to join our team. If you are passionate about art, tech and community, and ready to be a part of something big, send us a note!

ADVISORS

    Melissa Alonso, fine art specialist and real estate professional at Halstead Properties
    Claude Grunitzky, founder/editor of TRUE Africa and founder of TRACE media platforms
    Kurt Maitland, founder of Whiskey Selections, whiskey club & consultancy
    Herman Milligan, managing partner of The Fulton Group, business and arts consultancy
    Fatima Siad, international fashion model and humanitarian
    Ugochukwu Smooth Nzewi, curator at Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College

ANOKO GIVING CAMPAIGN

When some of our members are suffering, we all suffer. Right now, there are several natural disasters that have devastated our community. Let's come together and do something about it! Global Giving is a charity that focuses on connecting its donors with community-based projects that need support and is vetted with a 96.46% rating by Charity Navigators. 100% of funds raised will go directly to disaster relief. Our current fundraising goal is $10,000, for Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey and Sierra Leone mudslide relief. Let's go!!

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OUR VISION

Our vision is to introduce and expose our members to unique art, entertainment and culinary experiences and to build a global network of creative professionals whose collective influence can positively impact communities around the world.

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Do you have questions about ANOKO’s membership? Interested in partnering with us or working on our team? Shoot us a message! You can send us a chat message by clicking on the icon on the bottom right of your screefn, or email or call.


info@anokoart.com
(347) 708 2051