Mission: To inspire children and youth to serve as agents of change, cultivate their leadership skills and foster their commitment to community service, and encourage, support, and promote the work of young Bay Area artists.
About the Organization: Founded in 1989 as the Center for African and African American Art and Culture, the African American Arts & Culture Complex provides a space for cross-cultural understanding and the celebration of African and African-American visual and performing arts, experiences, and history. It also is home to Bay Area organizations such as AfroSolo Theatre Company, the African American Shakespeare Company, Cultural Odyssey, the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society, and Take Wings Foundation.
Current Programs: Programs at the complex include afterschool and summer programs in music, dance, theater, audio recording, and arts and crafts for children, teens, and at-risk youth; arts and fitness classes for adults; art exhibitions; and performances. In addition, AAACC is happy to rent its theater, dance studios, gallery, and multi-use spaces to arts groups.
Website: Visitors to the site can read about AAACC's course offerings and upcoming exhibitions and performances; check out a daily calendar of events and classes; and learn how to support the complex by making a donation or volunteering.
Funding: The Center for African and African American Art and Culture is supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and individuals.