Afro-American Cultural Center (AACC)

Afro-American Cultural Center (AACC)

The Afro-American Cultural Center is innovative, multi-disciplinary epicenter, celebrating the triumphant spirit of the African-American experience. Through comprehensive programs and presentations in the visual arts, performing arts and through innovative educational programs, the Afro-American Cultural Center (AACC) preserves, promotes, and presents African-American art, history, and culture to all citizens of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the surrounding counties and the nation.

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The Afro-American Cultural Center (AACC) is an important one for the institution.  It offers new challenges for the AACC family. As with most challenges, there are great rewards.  From basic infrastructure, to development and program re-organization, we have our work cut out for us.  It also means “beating the bushes” – meeting people in the community, and learning about the community as they serve. The Center is moving into a stronger position as a key player in the cultural life of the city of Charlotte, the Metrolina region and the state.

The Afro-American Cultural Center exists to:

  1. Be a reflective prism of the African-American Experience
  2. Be a catalyst for cultural, social-political and artistic development
  3. Celebrate and nurture the creative process
  4. Be a resource for historic and cultural inquiry
  5. Be an engine for community development
  6. Instill pride while educating others.

Therein lies the vision behind the work on display.   Without Boundaries incorporates a number of visual artists with a broad range of themes in a variety of mediums.  There are folk art pieces, representational paintings, collages, and sculpture.  The artists may have used pastels, acrylics, or vintage wood to convey their ideas.  The individual approaches are wide-ranging, almost boundless, save one common thread:  they were all influenced by the African Diaspora experience.   

Nationally-acclaimed artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, J. Eugene Grisby, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden and John T. Biggers, whose works are represented in Without Boundaries, are also included in Celebration and Vision: The Hewitt Collection of African American Art.

The Afro-American Cultural Center has compiled one of the most distinctive art collections in the United States during its 31-year existence.  Through acquisitions and the generous donations of individuals and artists, the Center’s permanent collection has become an exclusive and versatile body of works.

Guests who attend June’s free Gallery Talk and exhibit opening will also enjoy live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres. 

Attic Theatre

Stage Dimensions: 32 feet Xx 23 feet

Seating Capacity: 130

Located on the upper level of The Afro-American Cultural Center, the Attic Theater a great location for small theatrical productions, concerts, lectures, films, and business meetings. The Attic Theatre has two-scene fader board with 24 channels, and the ability to play CD and cassette. Wing space and backstage space is minimal. The Attic Theatre has a shared male and female dressing room with separate facilities and showers.

Amphitheateramphitheater at Afro-American Cultural Center, Charlotte, NC

Located on the 7th Street side of the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Amphitheatre is great for outdoor concerts, drumming circles, storytelling and festive receptions and parties. The Amphitheater can be accessed from the Street or through the Atrium Gallery. Its location next to the downstairs galleries makes it perfect for overflow gallery functions.

GALLERIES

 

Stained Glass Gallery

Dimensions: 20 Feet X 26.5 Feet

Located on the entrance level, the stained glass gallery is the smallest, but prettiest of the galleries. It is a perfect setting for a small meeting, or social gathering of 20 or less.

Montgomery Gallery

Dimensions: 33.5 Feet x 20.5 Feet
Located on the lower level, the Montgomery Gallery is large enough to accommodate weddings and business receptions of 75 to 200 guests.

Atrium Gallery
Dimensions: 34.5 Feet X 17 Feet

Located on the lower level next to the amphitheater, the Atrium Gallery is an included rental with the Montgomery Gallery to expand and enhance your event.

ARTS EDUCATION

Several times throughout the year, The Afro-American Cultural Center provides a unique world of discovery for children through the Center's CultureCamp, Artsplash, Dance and Drama Ensembles and other Youth Programs.

Afro-Mexicans are  focus of new exhibit, Charlotte, NCChildren of diverse backgrounds and ethnicity come to learn, explore, entertain and just plain have fun while fulfilling one of the Center’s core missions – promoting African-American history and heritage. 

The Cultural Center’s talented artist/educators, including the Center's Artist Roundtable, bring their expertise to workshops and other programs.

The Center offers these programs in varied environments throughout the city, including senior centers, churches, after-school enrichment, charter schools, the YWCA & YMCA, and Parks and Recreation. 

The Community Cultural Program also develops opportunities to assist and enlighten adults, encourage neighborhood pride, and foster family heritage and awareness. The two-level gallery space can be used for weddings, corporate parties, seminars, and receptions.

LOCATION & DIRECTIONS

Housed in the restored, historic Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church, the Afro-American Cultural Center offers a unique and picturesque space for local, regional and national artists and performers to showcase their talents.

Located in uptown Charlotte at 401 North Myers Street (at East 7th and North McDowell Streets), the Center boasts a 300 seat outdoor amphitheater, and an indoor attic theatre that hosts an audience of 130.

From the North: Take I-77 South to I-277/Brookshire Freeway (Exit 11). Keep left at the fork in the ramp. Merge onto I-277 South. Take the 4th Street exit (Exit 2A) towards 3rd Street. Turn left onto East 4th Street. Turn right onto South McDowell Street. Stay on McDowell and turn left onto East 8th Street. Turn Left onto N. Myers Street.

From South: Take East Independence Boulevard (US 74-W). Stay until I-277/John Belk Freeway (NC-16 South) ramp. Keep right at the fork in the ramp.  Turn right onto North McDowell Street. Stay straight to go onto North McDowell Street. Turn left onto East 8th Street. Turn left onto North Myers Street.

AFRO-AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER PROGRAMS and EXHIBITIONS -- Summer & Fall

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Contact:

Afro-American Cultural Center
401 North Myers Street
(NW corner of 7th & McDowell)
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-374-1565
Fax: 704-374-9273

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Acknowledgement: http://www.aacc-charlotte.org

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