San Francisco is a city full of programs and resources. Everyone always knows of someone doing something cool, or something free, or something very good to their community. The whole Bay Area is this way. It seems that many people have ingrained the need to make this a better world, starting at their community (as it should always be).
However, sometimes groups, or institutions that need help are invisible. Specially if the place is located in an non-interesting or dangerous area, or if dedicated to an specific group of people. Sometimes, people are willing to do great things, but the absence of funds is limiting how much or how big it can be, even threatening the project’s own existence. But that’s another story, for a future date.
In any case, things can always be done to build a better future. Take for example, the African American Art and Culture Complex, a non-profit organization, which mission, according to their website, is “to nurture and facilitate the empowerment of our community through Afro-centric artistic and cultural expression, mediums, education and programming. The AAACC is dedicated to inspiring children and youth to serve as agents of change, cultivating their leadership skills and fostering a commitment to community service and activism. In addition, the AAACC is dedicated to encouraging, supporting, and promoting the work of young aspiring Bay Area artists. We also strive to develop partnerships with organizations that are similarly committed to our mission driven objectives.”
The AAACC has free dance classes on Thursday nights, open to the community. Okay. But they do not have a sound system in any of the dancing rooms (three). The already worn-out boom box they were using finally gave its last breath, and the way out was to use a DVD player and a TV to have music, in a much dangerous maneuver, carting both to the room and back to the office. The rooms need a sound system, with speakers in the ceiling and CD player, the same kind of equipment one may find in the smallest gyms in town.
As amazing as it is, the teachers are teaching Salsa, West-African Dance, and maybe Samba, for free to foster further interest in dance, an often forgotten way of being in great shape while having fun. The space is great, recently renovated, with wood floor and beautiful murals. Just missing a sound system. A good one. Money wasn’t enough for everything.
Who, out there, can donate (and install, preferably) a nice sound system to these rooms? CD player, receiver, speakers, and an enclosed, lockable, little armoire to hold it? (Something like that, because this description may be already outdated.) It won’t cost much to a company that wants to be socially responsible or be a social partner, but it would make all the difference to a place like that, and to all the souls that find there a safe heaven.
Who will be the first?
Website (under construction): http://www.aaacc.org/