African American Cultural Society Inc

A nonprofit organization

$3,250 Raised by 20 Donors

3% complete

$100,000 Goal

For the past 30 years, the African American Cultural Society, Inc. (AACA) has been a significant provider of arts, culture and history in Flagler County and surrounding communities.  At the core of its mission, the AACS is committed to improving relations between all people by promoting a greater understanding of people of African descent through the programs we provide, and by communicating truths about our shared history. Through our programs, a diverse group of people (youth, seniors and adults; the underprivileged, underrepresented, disabled, and people who do not have access for one reason or another to the programs we provide, as well as the varied ethnic groups in our community) have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities and social interactions for their mutual enjoyment. Interacting within the diverse environment that we provide expands our community’s knowledge of the diversity in human cultures and helps us collectively and individually to understand what binds us together and to appreciate what differentiates us from one another.  We bridge a gap between an urban community nestled within a mostly rural county.  

The AACS' Cultural Center and Museum serves as a venue and resource to research, explore, educate and learn about the rich culture and experiences of people of African descent through exhibitions, programs and events.  AACS has a permanent museum collection received through donation and acquisition as well as ongoing art, sculpture and traveling humanities exhibits in their Bryant Gallery (which accommodates programs and exhibits), and library resources (artifacts, historic books, music, film, archival documents and tapes) which are maintained in their Robert and Irma Brooks Resource Center. 

The AACS Center also offers office, conference and event rental space to the community and other organizations, along with community services via special and recurring programming. Our Executive Board (responsible for operations), Board of Directors (governing body), Committees (standing/ad hoc) and volunteers (membership/community), plan and fulfill our vision by generously donating thousands of hours annually. A most notable achievement is AACS’ role in working with the state school board to implement an African American studies course in Florida high schools statewide, now worth 1.0 credit.

We are delighted to be a participant in A Community Thrives as it will give us the opportunity to support vital programs for our youth, to maintain our facility, to celebrate 30 years of services and to continue with our annual programs, exhibitions, services and operations.  The pandemic has served a blow to the continuation of many non-profit charitable organizations that support or communities.  Programs such as this are bringing our communities back to life, by fulfilling important needs.

Please check out our individual fundraisers and view our Facebook page and website (currently scheduled to be revised and updated to more adequately reflect our organization, its history, what we currently offer and our strategic plan for the future) to see some of what we have done for the state of Florida and our community. 

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

African American Cultural Society Inc

Tax id (EIN)

59-3104305

Categories

Arts & Culture Children & Family Community

Address

PO BOX 350607
PALM COAST, FL 32135

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