We produce, present and commission multidisciplinary performance work including theater, dance, film and music sharing stories of the African Diaspora.

We showcase the work of visual artists across artistic disciplines including painting, drawing, film, sculpture and more.

Our signature education programs provide opportunities for young people through mentorship and skills building activities, and our general audiences through public dialogue and events.

Upcoming Events

South Side Symphony

Conductor Marcus Norris invites you to explore the Black future with an orchestra like no other.

January 16-22

Black Hömer

Movement Artist Friidom Dunn develops and presents a new immersive work. 

February 17-18


 Past Events

Wearable Art Gala

This year, we Stepped into Harlem Nights to raise resources to support WACO’s artistic and youth mentorship programs for 2022/2023 year.

Films for Teens by Teens

WACO Theater Center in association with Richard Lawson Studios presented the 2nd annual film festival for teens. Watch the films online at wacotv.com

Revolutionary Roundtable

Watch a virtual conversation featuring Black freedom fighters discussing what it means to be revolutionary moderated by NYT critic, Salamishah Tillet.

Celebrating 5 Years of WACO

WACO turns 5! Watch a recap of our first five years celebrating black art.


WACO needs your support for the arts, now more than ever. With a tax-deductible donation you not only help to sustain our artistic and education initiatives, but allow us to grow and collectively create a place Where Art Can Occur, together.

Consider a gift of support today.


Program Sponsors

Thank you to our lead sponsors and supporters of our 2022/23 season.

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