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.




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.

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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.