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OUR HISTORY

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, formerly the Model City Cultural Arts Center, opened in 1975 with funding support from the Model City Program initiated by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

For more than three decades, AHCAC has served South Florida communities as an epicenter of African American culture, hosting high profile artists, celebrities, dignitaries, events and forums, such as the BET Teen Summit. Among the celebrated American cultural intuitions to visit AHCAC are Dance Theater of Harlem, National Black Theater Company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

The Center has attracted numerous stellar artists throughout the years including Sherman Hemsley, Eartha Kitt, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Robert Townsend, Sir Rex Nettleford, R and B group After 7, Maurice Hines, Mercedes Ellington, The Delfonics, Billy Paul, Attalla Shabazz, Whitman Mayo, Gilbert Lewis, Allen Harris, Alice Day, Melton Mustafa, Panama Lewis, Ruby Baker, Bobby Stringer and Ruth ‘Silky’ Water, to name a few.

CULTIVATE THE GREAT IN YOU

The art gallery at AHCAC is a home for local Miami artists and has showcased several noteworthy visual art exhibitions such as acclaimed African-American painter Jacob Lawrence, Haiti: The First Black Republic;
national exhibitions from the Smithsonian Institute, Amistad and SouthArts (formerly Southern Arts Federation.)

A true community center, AHCAC has welcomed many illustrious public figures including President Jimmy Carter; Queen Doris Tettey-Tsuru and Nii Dr. Kpobi-Tsuru III, King of La, Ghana-West Africa; Congresswoman Carrie Meek; several state representatives; state senators; the County Mayor; various County commissioners; and other noted dignitaries.

AHCAC has a distinguished history of providing instruction in all artistic disciplines to youth through afterschool, school break academies and summer school programs. The Center continues to develop the next generation of artists and arts supporters, acting as an incubator for supporting and developing the work of African-American arts groups and artists through its black-box theater, rehearsal spaces and art gallery. The Center also serves as a welcoming place to the surrounding community evening classes and civic meetings.

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ROOTED IN COMMUNITY.
ROOTED IN THE ARTS.
ROOTED IN COMMITMENT.
ROOTED IN SERVICE.
ROOTED IN HISTORY.

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