Akoma Arts (San Jose, CA)

Name

  • Name:Mr. Keith Hames
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

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

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:408-506-6988
  • Main fax:408-455-4698

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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

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:4
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:8

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • San Jose Multi-cultural Arts Guild

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Keith Hames, Executive & Artistic Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Melody Hames, Director
    Mark Farley, Director
    Claude Ferguson, Director

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:77-0311831

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:770311831
  • Organization Name:SAN JOSE MULTICULTURAL ARTISTS GUILD INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1700 ALUM ROCK AVE
  • Organization City:SAN JOSE
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95116-1301
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1996
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):320
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2014
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:Z99Z
  • Asset Amount:$30,213
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$161,607
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$161,607
  • Last Updated:1/21/2018 11:55:11 pm

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