ANOKO is a new art social club connecting its members with arts, culture and culinary experiences, and we do this by partnering with a diverse array of individuals and organizations, including art institutions, artists, hotels, restaurants, performance venues and festivals/fairs, to provide our members with discounts and VIP access.
We do not have a brick and mortar location – ANOKO exists as a “third space” and the portal of entry, is through art. 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.
We believe that art is a meditation on life, and can create a window into our past, present and future. And, it is through understanding art that we can unlock one of the great mysteries in life - understanding ourselves.
Moreover, 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.
Meeting New People
Challenging the Status Quo
Exploring Art & Culture
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.
Enjoy exclusive membership discounts and/or VIP access to art events, classes, performances, festivals, restaurants, hotels, etc.
Meet diverse professionals who share common passions and interests
Attend curated events specially tailored to your interests.
Start building or grow your fine art collection with tips from our expert advisors.
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
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
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
Members receive 15% off dining at Kizuna restaurant in Park Slope. "Kizuna" is a Japanese concept describing the bonds between people, and Kizuna is the first restaurant in NYC serving dishes from the latest gastronomic sensation - "Nikkei Cuisine", a combination of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines. Check out some of Chef Jorge Dionicio's masterpieces and book a reservation at www.kizunanyc.com. #food #culinary #wine #brooklyn
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
Members receive 10% off painting classes at Pinot's Palette in Park Slope. Pinot’s Palette is the upscale destination in Park Slope, Brooklyn where you can "Paint. Drink. Have Fun." At their studio, anyone can be an artist and have fun being creative - no art experience required! In a few hours you can create a colorful painting while sipping on your favorite beverage from our bar.#artclass #artclass
Members receive a 45% discount off the "Classic Fish" membership at (Le) Poisson Rouge (LPR), which gets you free admission for yourself and a guest to LPR Member Shows (10 member shows a month) among other perks! LPR is a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate. Dedicated to the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art, the venue’s mission is to revive the symbiotic relationship between art and revelry, to establish a creative asylum for both artists and audiences.#music #performance #artparty
Members receive discounts on select concerts. Distinguished Concerts International New York strives to make music accessible and affordable to all patrons. DCINY presents music from many genres - including classical, jazz, and world music and their concerts take place at such world renown venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.#performance #music
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.
Our selection process is simple! We look for people who share our core values and seek growth through education and community.
There is an annual membership fee of $360 or $30 per month.
You will receive a private link to download an ANOKO digital membership pass, which gets stored in your Apple or Android wallet.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
Our vision is to introduce and expose our members to unique arts and cultural experiences and to build a global network of creative professionals whose collective influence can positively impact communities around the world.
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.