The African American Art & Culture Complex is a space for Black creatives to present, gather, and learn, while being a space for all to experience Black art and culture.
Our Vision is to be a space for Black Creatives and Communities to thrive
We seek collaborations with individuals and organizations (members and/or partners) who align with our mission and core values:
Freedom of Expression
Fun & Innovation
Health & Wellness
As The Center of Black Joy, the AAACC is equipped with:
— A Stage for Black Artists of any genre to Thrive.
— Conference Room
— 3 galleries
— 200 seat theater
— dance studio
— VR Lab
— Tech & Media Lab
— Recording Studio
— Co-working Space
— 3 classrooms
Located in the historic Fillmore/Western Addition neighborhood, the African American Art & Culture Complex is one of the premier Black arts and cultural institutions in the San Francisco/Bay Area. We are one of seven cultural centers in the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Neighborhood Arts Program.
We are dedicated to providing a wide variety of art and cultural programming for youth, adults and families, including visual, digital, and performance. In addition to programming, AAACC rents affordable events space in our more than 32,000 square foot facility. AAACC provides resident art companies with subsidized offices, administrative services, and access to rehearsal, performance, and exhibition space. The resident company list includes some of the most celebrated African American arts and culture organizations in the region:
- Cultural Odyssey (Idris Ackamoor and Rhodessa Jones)
- AfroSolo Theatre Company
- African American Historical and Cultural Society
- Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Company
- African-American Shakespeare Company
The Center is also home to the 206-seat Buriel Clay Theater which serves as a site for annual theater productions, dance performances, musical concerts, film and video screenings, seminars, and workshops. We also host the Sargent Johnson and Hall of Culture galleries which are dedicated to exhibiting artwork from and about the African Diaspora.
Interview with the SF Chronicle