African Arts Academy Awarded California Arts Council Cultural Pathways Grant

Saturday May 10th 2020

San Francisco, CA – Today the California Arts Council announced a grant award of $21,4441 to African Arts Academy as part of its Cultural Pathways program.

Funds will help fulfill the Academy’s mission to establish an organization committed to providing San Francisco residents access to performances of and instructions in African dance, art and music.

African Arts Academy is not only here to help change the perception of the way the world views Africa, but we are also here to help change the perspective of people of African descent, by producing a different narrative, in highlighting the beauty and values of African Art. This is our innovative approach to preserving ancient wisdom through art education via new technology, based on the spirit of cultural diversity, dynamic growth, sustainability, social justice, and the pursuit of intellectual entrepreneurship, to serve, and empower our minority communities for  generations to come.

African Arts Academy was featured as part of the larger announcement from the California Arts Council of more than 1,500 grants awarded to nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state for their work in support of the agency’s mission to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivated a better California for all. The investment of nearly $30 Million marks a more than $5 million increase over the previous fiscal year, and the larges tin California Arts Council history. 

Organizations were awarded grants across 15 different program areas addressing access, equity, and inclusion; community vibrancy; and arts learning and engagement; and directly benefitting our states communities with youth, veterans, returned citizens, and California’s historically marginalized communities key among them. Successful projects aligned closely with the agency’s vision of a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

“Creativity sits at the very heart of our identity as Californians and as a propose. In this unprecedented moment, the need to understand, endure, and transcend our lived experiences through arts and culture is all the more relevant for each of us,” said Nashormeh Lindo, Chair of the California Arts Council. ‘The California Arts Council is proud to be able to offer more support through our grant programs than ever before at a tie when our communities’ need is perhaps greater than ever before. These grants will support immediate and lasting community impact by investing in arts business and cultural workers across the state.”


African Arts Academy

The bridge between Ancient Wisdom and the Modern World, where Innovation meets Tradition