Our arts, culture and youth programs include:


Tastes of Africa

African Festival™

African Film Festival

African Cultural Education Program for Schools

Youth Development Program


Today it is becoming clearer than ever before that no nation and no culture is an island. We are all interrelated either by history, by functions, by experiences, by aspirations or by spirituality. The arts reflect the way we see the world around us and ourselves. The arts have always been a vehicle for self-expression and self-knowledge. Today, in Indiana as it is in our global society, arts are vital means by which we challenge ourselves to develop greater understanding of others, giving voice to diverse ideas, uniting people across divides of class and culture, and helping us to build stronger communities.


One of the elements that create vibrant and growing communities is the cultural diversity of its members. More importantly is how the diversity is valued, shared and promoted in the community. For Africans, being active participants in United States involves a degree of sharing of their culture with other members of their different communities, as well as amongst themselves. Valuing, sharing and promoting African culture contributes to understanding and a connection with other members of the community. The opportunity to partake in African arts and cultural events reconnects people of African descent to their African heritage and such events also provide people from different backgrounds a platform to experience Africa in America.

Tastes of Africa


The Tastes of Africa was created in 1999 as an annual event to promote the rich and authentic cuisines from Africa. The event allows participates to partake in the tasting of foods and different cultures representing different parts of Africa. The event also features modeling show and exhilarating sight and sounds. In addition, the Tastes of Africa has become a torch bearer for charity; raising funds and friends for Africa and serving the people mostly in need. For past events and upcoming event click the Tastes of Africa™ page.

African Festival


The African Festival was established as a platform to empower the community in artistic participation as a conduit to community understanding and community development through engagement. The festival creates and nurtures unique and authentic socio-cultural links and strengthens the community through arts and cultural activities. The annual program also expands international understanding, encourages cultural enrichment and provides opportunities for the exchange of artistic expressions and life-long learning. For past events and upcoming event click the African Festival™ page.

African Film Festival


Most African films do not enjoy theatrical distribution in United States. As such the significance of the cultural, social and political messages intended by the producers are never delivered to the mass audience. Films produced with foreign languages are almost completely buried before they are introduced. The African Film Festival™ is the conduit through which African films are introduced to targeted audience. The Festival also collaborate with other film festivals to provide bigger platform for films that are not likely to receive theatrical distribution.

African Cultural Educational Program (ACEP)


ACEP is designed to lead most students - from kindergardeners to high school seniors in exploring human creativities and critical thinking through the authentic sounds and movements. The program illustrates various rhythms, dance movements, arts and other creative aspects of Africa. ACEP is an interactive educational program  that addresses the core values and academic standards to meet high academic performance expectations in Arts and Social Studies. Click ACEP for program brochure.

Credits


The African Center owe its emergence, growth and development, sustainability, success, record of quality services and its futurist vision to many individuals, families, donors, foundations, partners and collaborators, too many to name them all.  However, we have created HoD, HoF and HoV (Hall of Donors, Hall of Funders, Hall of Volunteers) as a recognition of our supporters. Please click Support Us.

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