The Nhambu Collection at the
Children’s Defense Fund / Haley Farm
The Nhambu Collection of pan-African art, artifacts, and textiles was donated to the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) in 2014. The collection, acquired over 40 years, reflects Nhambu’s passionate commitment to sharing her love and appreciation of the artistry, talent, and creative genius of Africa.
“I want the art I love to touch people,” says Nhambu. “It should be displayed so that people are drawn to it. The art should be in everyday living and working spaces and speak to those who see it. At Haley Farm and the CDF Headquarters in Washington DC, the art will engage viewers on their own terms rather than seeing it in a museum where they are often told how to interpret it!”
The collection, curated by the Rhode Island School of Design, complements the mission of CDF, the legacy of Alex Haley, and the vision of Maria Nhambu. The Nhambu Collection is exhibited throughout the Haley Farm property in Clinton, Tennessee and the CDF Headquarters in hopes that visitors have many opportunities to encounter the art and be inspired in their work for justice and education.