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^47 Cie Heddy Maalem in Le Sacre du Printemps. Photo by Patrick Fabre.^47 Cie Heddy Maalem in Le Sacre du Printemps. Photo by Patrick Fabre.^47

The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium

Founded in 2004, The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium is a landmark program designed to initiate, develop and sustain a dynamic exchange of arts and ideas between artists, arts organizations and public communities throughout the United States and the African continent. The Consortium is dedicated to working with African artists who are interpreting contemporary life through traditional, popular and/or contemporary forms. The Consortium's programs are rooted in experiential opportunities that nurture dialogue and exchange, allowing for organic connections to evolve.

TACAC members have:

  • hosted 25 creative residencies that give African artists time in and exposure to the U.S. performing arts field.
  • sponsored 28 U.S. and North American tours introducing African artists to audiences in performances, workshops, interviews, lectures, etc.
  • conducted 31 research trips to 21 countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East to see firsthand the creativity of Afican artists and hear about their needs and challenges.
  • created, commissioned and supported nine films and essays that reinvision the framework of cultural inscription to effectively introduce artists' innovative practices to audiences, students and others.
  • presented 14 reports to the presenting field in North America and Europe
  • published Building Enduring Partnerships: A Report to the Field, a history of the Consortium's first eight years.
  • raised $865,000 for infrastructure and programming and collectively invested more than $3 million of member resources in Consortium activities