INTO THE FUTURE
This project, over 15 years in the making, has new life and with your help and input is
on a fast track to becoming reality.
More than just a Cultural Center, the African-American Cultural Center Project is a
state-of-the-art, mixed use, multi-faceted project, encompassing, a new modern "Green built"
Community Center, with housing attached. Green build construction derives enhanced benefits
in the health, economic, and environmental areas of living thereby improving overall quality
of life. With its future location, the AACC will make a stunning addition to the growing
cultural appeal of the City of San Jose, and a strong contribution to the financial and
cultural redevelopment of the City.
The "project" is a joint venture between the African-American Community Services Agency,
(A.A.C.S.A.) and the Antioch Housing and Economic Development Corporation, (A.H.E.D.C.),
of Antioch Baptist Church with initial 2 to 1 matching funding from the San Jose City
Council, through the San Jose Redevelopment Agency.
We want to engage the African American Community and the greater communities to join us
on a journey to build an African American Culture Center. The mixed-use project will consist
of three major components: A community center with retail shops, market rate housing and
The community center will represent the foundation of the project. We recognize that the
structure and design of the project should be tailored to the needs and desires of the
community therefore; the center will include meeting halls, banquet facilities, service
organization offices, youth development facilities, a library and gallery, social service
providers, family, senior, and youth programs, retail shops and a theatre/auditorium.
The Center will serve as a hub for people celebrating and experiencing the on-going
contributions of African Americans - in music, theater, dance, science, athletics, business
and many other aspects of American life. It will bring together people from all walks of
life and foster mutual understanding and appreciation rooted in the values and ideals that
drive the evolution of dynamic cultures worldwide.