ANOKO is the premier private members club for diverse professionals and creatives. We connect our members with deals, discounts and VIP access to unique art, entertainment and culinary experiences and we also curate events for our members a few times a year.
We currently do not have a physical 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.
ANOKO means "wealth" in the Nigerian language, Igala, and we have chosen this name because we are helping our members to build social capital and cultural wealth, by bringing like-minded people together who can connect through a shared love of art.
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 an art collection, or refine your wine palate with 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 a complimentary glass of wine or prosecco at ChaiWali restaurant in Harlem. ChaiWali is a hip bohemian restaurant and bar offering creative Indian fusion fare and occasional live music. Anita Trehan created ChaiWali out of her passion for food, design and wellness and a desire for everyday food to be romatic and sensory. #Harlem #Indian
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 a complimentary glass of wine at Rendezvous (RDV) restaurant in Harlem. Harlem is a cozy modern French bistro located in Harlem. Spearheaded by Chef Kfir Ben-Ari, RDV creates exquisite creations from Foie Gras to grilled saled, prepared with the best French techqniques. #food #culinary #wine #Harlem #french
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. #food #class #culinary #education
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
Fill out your contact details below and we will send you a short membership application for completion.
We are currently waiving our $360 annual membership fee, so it is free for you to join!
After completing your application, you will receive a private link to download an ANOKO digital membership card, which gets stored in your Apple or Android wallet.
Check your email for updates on new partners and unique deals. Your digital membership card is also updated regularly (Flip your digital card over and “refresh” the screen for updates). Present your membership card at participating partners for VIP access and deals.
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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!
When some of our members are suffering, we all suffer. 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!!
Our vision is to introduce and expose our members to unique art, entertainment and culinary experiences and to build a global network of diverse professionals and creatives 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.