The African American Arts & Culture Complex currently offers a variety of programs throughout the school year. Our program is designed to introduce youth to various art disciplines while educating, empowering, and preparing them to become successful and productive citizens in our communities. The programs we currently offer include:
2013 Summer program
Mon- Fri 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. | FREE Snack
The summer program provides the opportunity for children to participate in positive, creative, innovative, entertaining, and exciting activities. Our program is designed to expose children and teenagers to art and culture which will enable them to use the knowledge and experience they acquire to broaden their horizons and future success in the arts. Classes include jewelry and fashion design, Handful Players (theater), graphic design, visual arts, costume and set design, graffiti, dance fusion, creative writing, and recreation.
The summer program is open to children between the ages of 8-12. The program begins June 10, 2013 and will end August 9, 2013.to learn more.
If you are interested in registering your children, please contact Nicola Figgins at 415/921-8382 or.
Visual Art – This class educates pupils on the various forms of visual art, including mixed medium painting, sketching, graffiti, jewelry-design, and sculpting. Ages 6-12.
Graphic Design – Participants in this class will be drawing and sketching out designs to print on tee-shirts. Various methods are used to create and combine words, symbols, and images to create a visual representation of ideas and messages. Open to ages 12-17. If you are interested in the workshops, please contact Nicola Figgins, 415/ 921-8382
Note: Participants must be enrolled in a partnering organization.
Children & YOuth Programs Highlights
Project LEVEL, is a theme based program that allows its participants to learn every aspect of the entertainment industry and obtain skills to use in a future career path. Each participant goes through four phases (Pre-Production, Production, Post Production, and Marketing) of the program to train them properly in their disciplines. During the first 5 weeks of the program, each participant undergoes an evaluation period to understand each discipline, prior to pursuing their specific programs: Music Production, Recording, Photography &Video Production, Radio Broadcasting, Graphic Design, and Marketing/New Media. Over the course of 22 weeks each participant will be taught hands-on the skills and experience needed to succeed in the profession learned. All of our educational offerings teach youth valuable and transferable life skills along with core competencies while integrating invaluable life skills.
• Richard “Big Rich” Bougere Jr.
• Danielle Banks
• Darrryl “Merquillo” San Buenaventura
• Jamal “DJ Mal Amazin” Parson
Case Management Program
The AAACC’s community-based case management program is aimed at supporting “at risk” youth ages 13-25 in the Western Addition community who are experiencing challenges in school, at home, or are in need of job training support and basic life skills. Through this critical program, we aim to build relationships with and coordinate various community based organizations in San Francisco that provide needed services related to job training, education and truancy, involvement in the criminal justice system, issues at home and more. We also assess the needs of the youth and work to connect them to the services they need to become gainfully employed, succeed in school, explore options for obtaining a GED or attend college, and other opportunities that will assist them in becoming productive members of society
Youth enrolled in the case management program have attended job readiness trainings and workshops, developed their resumes and have been placed in permanent job positions with the assistance of the Western Addition One Stop.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Malik Wade 415/913-7305
Talent Allstars Dance Program
Our champion dance troupe, Talent Allstars, will present a diverse and extraordinary style of dance. The group is built on the belief that dance is a powerful and expressive tool that can support critical thinking and other developmental skills. The troupe leader, Nitty Thomas, offers intense training that teaches the history and technique of the balet, jazz and hip-hop dance forms. The troupe has won 10 local titles and one national title competition.
This program focuses on youth and teenagers ages 7-14 years through various forms of dance. As a new program in San Francisco, CA, their mission is to give a child a gift within themselves. The Talent Allstars staffs are trained professional dancers natives of San Francisco, who specialize in youth dance sport.
For more information please contact Nitty Thomas 415/572 0781or email.