Visitors on their way to capture an iconic photo of the famous Painted Ladies on Steiner Street should not miss a visit to the African American Art & Culture Complex, a vital resource for the African/African American community and San Francisco arts and culture communities. Established as an official Cultural Center of San Francisco in 1989, AAACC is dedicated to community change by fostering a commitment to service and activism through Afro-centric artistic and cultural performance, exhibition and programming. The 34,000 sq. ft. facility houses an art gallery and three art exhibitions spaces, a 203 seat theater, a recording studio, library and archives of African American history, two dance studios and other multi-purpose space.
AAACC offers visual and performing arts programs and classes including music, dance, theatre, audio recording, and arts and crafts. The Center also offers affordable performing arts venues for a host of community events, meetings, performances, art exhibits, trainings and conferences.
AAACC's space serves as a home to some of the most respected performing arts organizations in the Bay Area including AfroSolo Theatre Company, the African American Shakespeare Company and Cultural Odyssey. Other resident art organizations include the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society, the San Francisco Juneteenth Festival, Take Wings Foundation, Robert Henry Johnson and SF Noir.