Social Art and Culture has existed since 2009 as a small arts organization with a strong foundation in the community and the art scene. Located in Anacostia SE, DC, we have been able to sustain programs with a supportive board, loyal and consistent strategic partners, and external funding in arts education and art integrated learning. Social Art and Culture (SAAC) - is a 501c (3) whose mission is to use the power of the arts to educate and advance unserved and underserviced communities. SAAC's vision is to create an aperture for socially responsible artisans that collectively collaborate and participate in programs designed to reach neglected communities.
SAAC has a 3-prong strategy is to drive social impact through our artists and partners for the communities we service:1) Art becomes an integral part of the change for social causes for every initiative that we foster and participate in by offering an interactive user experience that celebrates and highlights its’ culture. 2) To design and execute programs that improve artists' existing skills, more than likely increases artists’ opportunities in workforce development and build a profitable creative business; and 3) collaborate with master artists and arts organizations on projects that show art as a change agent in their communities and foster engagement.
Media Arts Training Program with We Act Radio
Since 2014, this summer program has continued to afford underserved and unserviced youth [18-24 years] the opportunity to be exposed to a different brand of media and arts than the corporate-owned outlets provide for them for six weeks during the summer.
Creative Entrepreneur Capital Summit
In partnership with Think Local First DC, annually, we bring together creative entrepreneurs and business owners to discuss how they access capital using venture capitalist methods. Returns October 21, 2022
The Black L.U.V. Festival (love.unity.vision.) has been held in Washington, DC, since 1997. Artists established the Black L.U.V. Festival in the historic U-street community devoted to social change and uplifting the entire DC creative community. This FREE one-day cultural outdoor family event uses the cultural arts as a vehicle for social change
Charnice Milton Community Bookstore Literacy Campaign + Bookstore
Named in honor of the slain journalist, whose murder is still an open case, this bookstore is being built to fill the 25-year void of a bookstore in Anacostia while addressing the 50% illiteracy rate in this community.
Past Special Collaborative Partnerships
Deanwood GROW is a community and citizen-centered campaign that is turning up the spotlight on the artists and entrepreneurs in the creative and gig economy of historic Deanwood led by Guerrilla Arts Ink. Supported by the Department of Small and Local Business Development
OUR AWARDS + RECOGNITIONS
Watch the Creative Entrepreneur Capital summit 2019 Business Model Panel
The date is approaching fast and we’re making preparations. Don’t miss out!
BLACK L.U.V. FESTIVAL returned Saturday, September 3, 2022 to Fort Dupont Park Amphitheater, where it began 25 years ago!
October 2020, Hip-Hop Legend Mista Lawnge and Grammy Nominated Artist, Kokayi did a Live Virtual Interview on producing, writing, DJ, the entertainment industry + more. Hosted by Social Art and Culture with media partner We act Radio and The Howard Theatre
Your generous gift will help us fund our mission to help those in need. Together, we can make a difference. For sponsorship opportunities for any with any of our projects and programs, send us complete the Contact Us form. Thank you.