Event: AAACC presents SOBA: Celebrate Black Music
Date: November 18, 2023
Location: African American Arts & Culture Complex, SF
Organizer: African American Arts & Culture Complex
Photos (46): Donald Bowden Photography
The African American Arts and Cultural Complex (AAACC), co-directed by sisters Melorra Green and Melonie Green is the home from which over 200 emerging and unsung artists launched a new arts series, “Season of Black Art” (SOBA), on October 29 which continues with monthly events through February 2024. Second in the series, the November 18 event was a talented display of Black music.
SOBA is directed by San Francisco native, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., founder of the award-winning production company, SFBATCO (San Francisco Bay Area Theater Company), known for creating new art and cultural collaborations like “The New Roots Theater Festival, founded by Jackson.
The SOBA series also serves as a “house warming party” or in a sense, a “homecoming celebration” spanning five months as it gives the community of the Fillmore and wider San Francisco, and visiting tourists an opportunity to see how the three-story building has been transformed via the input of local artists. SOBA is affirmation of the continuum of service AAACC has meant to the arts world and signifies its emergence from the impact of COVID-19 that nearly decimated the arts world-wide.
The series continues at AAACC on December 9 with “Celebrate Black Theatre + Film.”