Akoma Arts (San Jose, CA)

Work Address

  • Organization Name:Akoma Arts
  • Address:1677 Park Ave
    San Jose, CA 95126
    United States

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General

  • Mission:
  • Akoma Arts comprises musicians, singers, dancers, actors and visual artists whose mission it is to help bring together the various South Bay communities with music. We take our audiences through several levels of emotions and scenes, from the African Village, through the Middle Passage to the African Diasporas’ of the North and South American and the Caribbean experience by utilizing drumming, dance, praise songs, acting, spoken word, folk songs and spirituals. Our message is positive, mindful, and intentionally promotes community healing and unity. As drum master Mamady Keita informs, “it is always about the intent of the drummer.”

  • Overview:
  • Our organization’s name "Akoma" comes from the Akan language, the principal language of Ghana in West Africa. It means patience, endurance, consistency, and faithfulness. To say that one has his heart in his stomach is to say that one is very tolerant. The Adinkra symbol for Akoma is the "Heart" We went a step farther by adding “Arts” to the name to signify that we are a group of artist. “Art from the Heart”, I like to say.

    Akoma Arts comprises musicians, singers, dancers, actors and visual artists whose mission it is to help bring together the various South Bay communities with music. We take our audiences through several levels of emotions and scenes, from the African Village, through the Middle Passage to the African Diasporas’ of the North and South American and the Caribbean experience by utilizing drumming, dance, praise songs, acting, spoken word, folk songs and spirituals. Our message is positive, mindful, and intentionally promotes community healing and unity. As drum master Mamady Keita informs, “it is always about the intent of the drummer.”

  • History:
  • Akoma Arts’ was established in May of 2011 and is currently operating as 501c3 non-profit organization, with our fiscal sponsor being the San Jose Multicultural Artist Guild or SJMAG. We are structured as a service-oriented business and our approach and services are new and innovative. New and innovative describes the breadth of services, but also the core values of the organization.

    Akoma is comprised of music and visual arts professionals from several different arts backgrounds and experiences. There is over 100 years of on stage performance experience and over 50 years of visual arts experience within the group. The background of the musicians and vocalist cover a large portion of the Diaspora, from Africa to the Caribbean, Europe, the United States, South America and Mexico. We are trying to be a unifying force through music, theatre and visual arts. Ase'

  • Year established:2011
  • Endowment:Unknown

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None

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