About Us

Executive Director, Angela O'Neal                                        

Angela O'Neal is the organizations first paid full-time employee. Her grandfather, Edmund O'neal Sr., was an assistant principal at Hackett Middle School and a minister at Wilborn Temple in Albany. Her father, Edmund O'neal Jr., grew up in the South end and attended Philip Schuyler High School. He became the Albany school district's first black principal when he took over leadershipof the former School 6. He was the first principal of Arbor Hill Elementary School when it opened in 1973 and later served as a school district administrator. O'Neal has ambitious plans for the former Key Bank building at the corner of South Pearl Street and Madison Avenue, a busy downtown intersection in the city's South End. O'Neal grew up in Loudonville, graduated from the Academy of the Holy Names and William Smith College, where she majored in English and was active in theater. She has acted in local plays and is an accomplished pianist. She previously worked for the state's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission before relocating to New Jersey. She returned to the area to help care for her father, who died in 2009. O'Neal worked in development at the University at Albany and the Newark Museum and brings fundraising skills to the position.  The position is a return to her roots for O'neal.

 

Mission 

 

The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to educating, enriching, and empowering residents of the Capital Region through a variety of educational, cultural and performing arts, programs, activities, and exhibits that promote awareness and raise the collective consciousness of all ethnicities to the rich and vibrant history, contribution, and culture of African Americans. The Center seeks to strengthen communities by fostering unity, self-determination, cooperative economics, collective work, and creativity.

More About Us

Dedicated to serving everyone in New York’s Capital Region of the 21st Congressional District, serving Albany, Troy, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Schoharie, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties. The purpose of the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region is to encourage community investment and involvement. The center is African American owned, developed, and managed, and seeks to enhance the quality of life for African Americans and all residents living in the Capital Region. The Center will be a source of much-needed community renewal and investment, and is poised to impact the region’s cultural and tourism industry, spur job creation and growth, and build stronger, more vibrant communities.

The Founders

The founders are: AVillage, Inc.; Urban Arts Experience, Inc.; Center For Law and Justice, Inc.

African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region 135 South Pearl Street Albany NY Building

The Building

Built in 1890 and the former home of KeyBank Corp., this building is centrally located on 135 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202, in Albany’s Historic South End Neighborhood. It features spectacular city views with high ceilings, approx. 6,000 sq ft of beautiful vintage 4 floors, and is within walking distance to Albany’s business district, state and federal buildings, the Governor’s Mansion, City Hall, and area schools and residences.

Upcoming Events

December First Friday:

December 1, 2017

Visit our current exhibit featuring local artist Alex Stokes and display recognizing 100th Anniversary of the NAACP Silent March

and Christmas Celebration featuring a Black Santa’s Display

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

135 South Pearl Street

Light refreshments

 

Join us for our annual Kwanzaa Celebration!

December 28, 2017

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location is the Capital South Campus Center

20 Warren Street, Albany, NY.

Music, Vendors, Entertainment

Light refreshments

 

“Sip and Paint” with artist Ken Wilson

January, 2018

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Day & Location TBD

An evening for the community to come together and join the fun in painting and learning about art from a local artist. Ken Wilson specializes in painting landscapes. No worries if you have never painted!  This is about having a nice time and meeting new people!

More details coming soon!

 

 

First Friday Reception

February 5, 2018

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In honor of African American History Month!

“Black Inventors and Scientists” Exhibition

The AACCCR invites you to celebrate our history throughout the month.  We will include lectures and activities for children.

 

“African American Authors Festival”

March, 2018

Day and location TBD

 

The AACCCR is proud to honor African American authors and illustrators throughout the Capital District & Beyond!

Come and meet writers, share in a workshop and listen to readings.

 

First Friday Reception

May 5, 2018

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

“A Tribute to Alan Weeks” exhibition

 

In 1985, Alan Weeks was director of Student Theatre Outreach Program, headquartered in a studio at The Egg in Albany. STOP used African drumming, dance and theater performance in classes and programs for at-risk youth. He was not only a previous Broadway and film star – he made a difference in our community.

The exhibition will include a film about his life, pictures, performances and music.

 

AACCCR’s Annual

“Juneteenth Celebration”

June, 2018

Location and Day TBD

 

Beginning December, 2017

Stop by and view the exhibition!

Hours for public:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The second Saturday of each month: noon – 4:00 pm