Named for the Pulitzer-prize winning playwright August Wilson, the African American Cultural Center is a multi-purpose venue featuring three art galleries, live performance spaces, meeting areas, and unique educational classrooms for the young and old alike. Designed by renowned architect Allison Williams, the August Wilson Center is both a visually iconic landmark welcoming visitors to the eastern entrance of the Cultural District and a beacon of cultural excellence for the global arts community.

Our mission is to uphold the legacy of August Wilson by presenting, documenting and celebrating  African American culture and art of African people across the globe. With the support of our diverse audiences and partners, we will realize our vision to change the world locally and globally by establishing a place for all people to openly celebrate, and gain greater understanding of the African American experience and art of the African Diaspora.  

The August Wilson Center African American Cultural Center is poised to take great, impactful strides into the future through its wide range of offerings to the regional community, as well as national and international guests:

  • Lectures, workshops and community dialogues around race, culture and identity
  • Bridging cultural divides through art, music, dance and theater
  • Free admissions to world-class art exhibitions
  • Exceptional performances by nationally and internationally renowned artists
  • Educational Opportunities and Community Connections
  • Artist residencies
  • Rental subsidies for emerging arts organizations