Programs and Initiatives

To maintain the focus of our organizational mission, the AACC is especially invested in translating academic research and first-voice experiences of the diaspora into creative, informative, engaging and accessible formats.  These include: the Centers for Cultural Understanding & Social Change (CCUSC) Urban Heritage Garden Project, public art, photography, historical and ethnographic exhibitions, video documentary, story collecting and story sharing activities, intercultural and civic dialogues, workshops, seminars, performances, and lecture-demonstrations.

Black Table Talk

Join us for Black Table Talk!

Black Table Talk

AACC Student Board

The AACC Student Board is an exciting and necessary initiative made up of UIC students. They provide perspectives on the Center, its future, and student life at UIC.

AACC Student Board

AACC Affiliated Student Organization Fair

Meet with AACC Affiliated student organizations! Ask questions and see how you can get involved 

AACC Affiliated Student Organization Fair

AACC Open House

Tour our gallery and library, meet our staff and learn about opportunities on campus.

AACC Open House

Lunchtime Reading Room

Come and join the conversation! Each Thursday we will discuss short and thought-provoking selections by black poets and authors. Discussions will be facilitated by African American Studies faculty and lunch will be provided. Reading will be circulated ahead of time

Lunchtime Reading Room

Black History Month

The African-American Cultural Center will explore history and politics developing programming that will probe these areas.

Black History Month

Wellness Wednesday

Through a series of conversations, lectures, yoga and meditation classes we will together navigate a path to wellness.

Wellness Wednesday

Black Sexuality & the Cinematic Imagination

This series of six films explores the work of filmmakers who have created powerful re-visions of gender and sexuality within the black community.

Black Sexuality & the Cinematic Imagination

Black Life and Mass Culture Film Series

In collaboration with the Department of African American Studies, the AACC is proud to present Black Life and Mass Culture Film Series.

Black Life and Mass Culture Film Series

The Rape of Recy Taylor

This film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Park’s intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story.

The Rape of Recy Taylor

Accessing Joy

An interactive arts workshop that explores how joy might be mobilized to promote community care.

Accessing Joy

Open Study Hours

A quiet place to study, eat snacks and build community.

Open Study Hours

Curator's Talk with Jacqueline Yvonne Smith

UIC Alum Jacqueline Yvonne Smith reflects upon her inspiration to retrace the legacy of Chicago’s 1940 American Exhibit, through “Cavalcade of the American Negro”.

Curator's Talk with Jacqueline Yvonne Smith

BingeFest@AACC

Join our staff and #streetteam to watch and discuss web episodes.

Bingefest@AACC

Breakfast at the AACC

Come study, relax and enjoy our soul food breakfast at the African-American Cultural Center in Addams Hall

Breakfast at the AACC

Possessing Remedies

This one day symposium opens up a space for scholars, artists, activists and participants to critically share strategies and interventions that Black and Brown communities have developed to sustain and heal themselves.

Possessing Remedies

Daughters of the Dust & Lemonade

Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade sparked renewed interest in Julie Dash’s 1991 film about the migratory journey of a family of Gullah women.

Daughters of the Dust & Lemonade

Yoga for Black Lives

Yoga for Black Lives: Practice self-care and restoration with UIC graduate student Stephanie Hicks

Yoga for Black Lives

Summer Arts Festival

Summer Arts Festival

Summer Arts Festival

Mojo's Pen

In search of a place to critique and cope with the social and political implications of race revolts across the country, a group of UIC students came together to form Mojos’ Pen during the 1990’s

Mojo's Pen

AACC Brown Bag

The series was established during the Fall of 2013 as a community-building lunch-hour program that enabled campus and community partners to share academic, artistic and activist works-in-progress

Brown Bag Series