ABOUT ANOKO

ANOKO is the premier private members club for diverse creatives and professionals. 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. We expect to launch additional perks and tiers of membership next year. To get a preview of our most exciting venture, ANOKO HOUSE, visit http://anokohouse.com.

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.

Learn

Start building an art collection, or refine your wine palate with our expert advisors.

PARTNERS


PARTNER WITH US

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

CHAIWALI

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

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

KINGS THEATRE

Members receive 10% off King Seats at the historic Kings Theatre, a magestic French renaissance-style performance venue built in 1929. Inspired by the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House, the theatre recently underwent a complete renovation to restore its original beauty, after being closed for nearly 40 years. The history of this national treasure is fascinating! #theatre #brooklyn #music #performance

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. #food #class #culinary #education

PINOT’S PALETTE CLASSES

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

HOW DOES ANOKO MEMBERSHIP WORK?

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

COMPLETE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Fill out your contact details below and we will send you a short membership application for completion.

NO MEMBERSHIP FEE


We are currently waiving our annual membership fee, so it is free for you to join!

DOWNLOAD MEMBERSHIP CARD

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.

GET ACCESS TO BENEFITS

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

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
    Kurt Maitland, founder of Whiskey Selections, whiskey club & consultancy
    Herman Milligan, managing partner of The Fulton Group, business and arts consultancy
    Ugochukwu Smooth Nzewi, curator at Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College

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 diverse professionals and creatives whose collective influence can positively impact communities around the world.

contact us

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