Vira Jones owns a construction and design firm.

The three rooms of the future Bedford-Stuyvesant Museum of African Art were filled with ancient and modern figures, statuettes, and headdresses, all waiting to be seen and savored by the public. The executive director of the museum, Vira Jones, is also the owner of A.J. Archer Construction and Management, which is to develop and construct the space for African art.

In an interview with Brooklyn News Service reporter Aleah Winter, Jones discusses how arts and culture can contribute to economic development. “I want to create the Lincoln Center of Bed-Stuy,” she says.

With her current project, Jones is bringing her two worlds together and hopes to create the museum attached to luxury apartments. While people have suggested that Jones take her project to downtown Brooklyn, she insists on staying in Bedford-Stuyvesant.