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Since 1989, we have been committed to empowering our youth, promoting the work of emerging local artists, and serving as a vital resource for residents and visitors alike. Located in the heart of San Francisco – in the city’s historic Jazz Preservation District – our facility encompasses 30,000 square feet of community arts space. It includes a 203-seat theatre, an art gallery, several unique meeting spaces, dance studios, a recording studio, a multi-use space and a large parking lot. In 2009, hundreds of community members and leaders joined us to celebrate the completion of a $1.5 million renovation of our facility.

You can learn more about upcoming world-class gallery shows and theater performances, exciting classes for youth and adults and the different ways you can support us.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A Day On, Not a Day Off! MLK National Day of Service with the African American Art & Culture Complex

Event: Monday, January 19, 2015

Gallery Reception


Viusal Arts & Exhibitions

Tuesday - Saturday
12 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
EXHIBITIONS - Current | Future | Past

Sarget Johnson Gallery Sargent Johnson Gallery


Located on the 1st Floor

Founded in 1977, the Sargent Johnson Gallery is named for one of the Bay Area's most prominent sculptors, Sargent Claude Johnson. Born in Boston on November 7, 1888, Johnson came to San Francisco in 1915. Although he was better known as a sculptor, he also was an accomplished graphic artist, painter, ceramist and enamellist.

The mission of the Sargent Johnson Gallery is to celebrate art through the promotion, exhibition and documentation of Black visual culture, with a focus on exhibiting works by African American artists from San Francisco's Western Addition and the greater Bay Area. The Sargent Johnson Gallery serves to expand Afro-centric art activities, enhance knowledge and appreciation for the visual arts and promote the growth of African-American art.

A.C.T OUT Gallery
A.C.T OUT Gallery


(Access to Creative Thought) Located on the 2nd Floor

The mission of the ACT Out Gallery is to be a leader in the presentation of creative arts for youth and young adults – college students in particular.

Hall of Culture
Hall of Culture


Located on the 3rd Floor

The mission of the Hall of Culture (HC) is to provide well-deserved exposure to various art forms and artists through group show exhibitions.

Activism Alley
Sargent Johnson Gallery


Located on the 3rd Floor

The mission of Activism Alley (AA) is to enrich the minds of our visitors about the countless contributions that foot soldiers, freedom fighters and African American revolutionaries have made throughout our history.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The African American Art & Culture Complex is proud to present selected works by Mr. Jeffrey Blankfort in an exhibition entitiled, FIGHT THE POWER

Exhibition Dates: February 6 - February 28, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, February 6, 2015; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

In the spotlight: Sargent Johnson Gallery Exhibition


PERFORMANCES - Current | Upcoming | Past

Exhibition Highlights Sargent Johnson Gallery


Located on the 1st Floor

The Buriel Clay Theater has long hosted must-see theatrical dramas, dance productions, musical concerts, film and video screenings, seminars and workshops.

Named after Buriel Clay, a prominent African American playwright and poet from San Francisco. Clay was one of the first African Americans to establish a cultural center in the City of San Francisco in the 1960s. Due to his unceasing efforts, he was able to pull together an impressive proposal and conceptualize what we now have today, a dynamic cultural complex. He was co-founder and the first official Director of the Western Addition Cultural Center, which for years was housed in our present location.

PerformancesBuriel Clay Theater

With more than 200 seats, the theatre hosts must-see theatrical dramas, dance productions, musical concerts, film and video screenings, seminars and workshops. Prominent productions include the African-American Shakespeare Company's production of “Othello” as part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

For information on renting space, please contact us at 415/922 2049 or email us at info@aaacc.org. For application for the Burial Clay rental, please click here (Adobe Reader required).

The complex

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Exhibition Highlights The Complex


Located in San Francisco's historic Jazz Preservation District, in the heart of the City, our facility includes a 203-seat theatre, an art gallery, several unique meeting spaces, dance studios, a computer lab, multi-use space and a large parking lot. If you are searching for a special and unique location for an art or cultural event, look no further. Click here for more information about our facility rentals.

Exhibition Highlights The Complex

For more information, please contact us at 415/922 2049 or email us at info@aaacc.org.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The African American Art & Culture Complex celebrates Black History Month with an African inspired fashion show!

Event: Thursday, February 12, 2015; 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

In the Spotlight: Afro Fashion Show


CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAMS - Afterschool 2014-15 | Summer 2014

Children & Youth Children & Youth
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. | FREE Snack

The after-school program, in collaboration with Mo ‘Magic, provides classes from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The fall program is project-based learning, which will require the children and youth to work together in groups to develop different art schemes and concepts that will be displayed throughout AAACC and Ella Hill Hutch Community Center.

Classes Include:

Visual Art and Movement – 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, 415/922 2049 ext. 111
Note: Participants must be enrolled in a partnering organization.

Audio Engineering & Production

Children & YOuth Programs Highlights

Project LEVEL

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 Nicola Figgins, 415/922 2049 ext. 111

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 nittydupree@gmail.com.

If you are interested in registering your children, please contact Nicola Figgins, 415/922 2049 ext. 111 or Nicola@aaacc.org.

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